On June 3rd, Jesse Jackson held a pre-recall election rally for a small gathering of people in Racine, WI. And although he spent some time leading the attendees in the mantra, “June five, we vote, to revive, our democracy,” his central point was a silly and unrelated contention that gun control creates jobs.
Seriously: he told the people who attended the rally to mark their calendars for the recall vote on June 5th and for a march on gun stores on June 16th. His mantra for the march on gun stores lacked the cadence of his mantra for the recall vote: “June 16th we march, guns out, jobs in.”
He explained his march on gun stores thus: “We are fighting a war to protect democracy from insurgents, and the first thing you do is to stop the gun trail, that’s bringing the guns to kill the people.”
Here are the facts, and Jackson knows these as well as I do—criminals don’t buy their guns from gun stores, because you have undergo a background check (via the federal government) to buy a gun in a gun store. Criminals by their guns on the streets: guns from which the serial numbers were long ago removed or which were stolen during a home invasion or out of a car in a parking lot or…
This is just one more publicity stunt that a faltering President Obama doesn’t need. After all, he is trailing Gov. Romney in many swing states and is also trailing nationally in some respected polls, and this is largely because the Romney camp has successfully cast Obama as a leftist ideologue. And there’s no better way to look like a leftist ideologue than to have one of your more vocal surrogates, Rev. Jackson, bus in people to march “on gun shops around the country” on June 16th.
What will he march on next? Wal-Marts and Cracker Barrels?