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Savor the lamentations of the arrogant elitist gun-control crowd

It's not every day that you see liberty winning in the U.S. Senate.  Savor the tears rolling down the marble cheeks of the loathsome Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which wailed in a statement:

Today’s vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington. More than 40 U.S. senators would rather turn their backs on the 90 percent of Americans who support comprehensive background checks than buck the increasingly extremist wing of the gun lobby. 

Democrats – who are so quick to blame Republicans for our broken gun laws – could not stand united. And Republicans – who are so quick to blame Democrats for not being tough enough on crime – handed criminals a huge victory, by preserving their ability to buy guns illegally at gun shows and online and keeping the illegal trafficking market well-fed. 

Senators Manchin and Toomey – as well as Majority Leader Reid and Senators Schumer, Kirk, Collins, McCain and others – deserve real credit for coming together around a compromise bill that struck a fair balance, and President Obama and Vice-President Biden deserve credit for their leadership since the Sandy Hook massacre. 

But even with some bi-partisan support, a common-sense public safety reform died in the U.S. Senate at the hands of those who are more interested in attempting to protect their own political careers – or some false sense of ideological purity – than protecting the lives of innocent Americans. The only silver lining is that we now know who refuses to stand with the 90 percent of Americans – and in 2014, our ever-expanding coalition of supporters will work to make sure that voters don’t forget.

Actually, to achieve the proper effect, I should have deleted the spaces between each word, or maybe put every other sentence in ALL CAPS.  Perhaps Bloomberg can run another multi-million-dollar ad campaign to spotlight the "stranglehold that special interests have on Washington."  Remember, the people that want to take your liberty away are never "special interests," and they're not even "lobbyists" when they team up with top political operatives to weaponize victimhood and form a lobbying team celebrated by the media for its lobbying power. 

What self-pitying rubbish.  The American people don't give a fig about gun control.  It's remained stubbornly fixed among the issues they care least about, despite the most energetic and unified cultural and political campaign in modern memory.  Today a small minority sought to strip the majority of their rights, and lost.  They deserved to lose even if the majority and minority positions were reversed, of course; that's the point of having a Constitution.  But it's always refreshing for the masters of the Beltway-media echo chamber to get a little reminder about how small their kingdom really is.


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