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May 10, 2013

Gun bill foes show courage, not cowardice

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Actually, I don’t wonder. I know what they would say. Such acts would be loudly condemned as obscene exploitation of tragedies precipitated by a few sick individuals.

Leahy, who has been in the U.S. Senate for a very long time, ought to know that politicizing is what politicians do. If he has a problem with it, he needs to retire, or at a minimum start snarling about it when his own party does it as well.

Finally, there is the exploitation of the political insult of “cowardice,” the label the president and his sycophants apply to everybody who didn’t support their legislation – that they are afraid of the National Rifle Association.

This is bunk. We don’t even need to mention how many liberal members of Congress are terrified of the gay lobby, the abortion lobby, the environmental lobby, and various other “progressive” groups. If those who voted against Obama’s gun control legislation were afraid of anyone, it was their own constituents – with good reason. In their states, a vote for more gun control might be a return ticket to the private sector.

But in the Washington bubble, they are the ones who displayed some political courage, because they knew they would be vilified by the president, his backers, and the mainstream media.

The president can try to argue on the merits that they are misguided or wrong. But they are anything but cowards.

— Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at t.armerding@verizon.net.

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