Sunday, January 6, 2013

Recipe for Failure?

Recipe for Failure?
P. Schultz
January 6, 2013

“The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions.

“A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.”

            These passages are from an article in the Washington Post, linked below, and I can’t help think that this is a way to ensure that significant federal limitations on assault weapons and other weapons will fail. Given the obvious attachment of a whole lot of Americans to their weapons, and the power of the NRA, why would the White House choose a strategy that is (a) far from simple and (b) unlikely to be legislated or implemented? It is probably me, but this seems a wee bit strange. It seems to me that reinstituting a ban on assault weapons makes more sense and has a greater chance of enactment. But then, heck, I am not nearly as smart as Joe Biden and others who hold powerful offices in Washington, D.C. 

            But just to pursue this a bit: Why would the White House choose a losing strategy? Well, perhaps to remind us, when this strategy fails, that our political “system” does not accommodate real change and that our politicians are incapable, given the “system,” of affecting real change. That way, we will come to accept the status quo and those who are now in office because any real change in policy or personnel is impossible. Oh, that James Madison and those “founders:: They were crafty guys, weren’t they?  

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