Maher making sense, warns Dems against gun control platform

Late night comedian Bill Maher warned Democrats against making gun control a cornerstone issue in the 2020 election cycle, according to Fox News, and in the process, he may have cracked a code that anti-gun liberals seem unable or unwilling to accept.

Bill Maher has some advice for Democrats: Don’t run on a gun control platform. (Screen capture, YouTube, Real Time with Bill Maher)

“First of all,” Maher said during a panel discussion on Real Time with Bill Maher, “liberals should learn more about guns. I don’t know much about guns because, again, I don’t care, I don’t like them, but I hear this from gun people.”

And he also said something else likely to make some liberals choke.

“I don’t like guns,” he declared.

But he added this: “Have some, don’t like them, have it for [an] emergency, like an antibiotic, but some people do. Lots of people do and their view is, ‘Yes there is a violence problem with guns, but not me. And you’re going after me.’”

Some Second Amendment activists might consider that a home run hit over the centerfield fence, and that ball is still going. And it took Maher to boil it down to basics, even unintentionally admitting a bit of hypocrisy about guns.

Gun control laws penalize the wrong people; folks who committed no crime, while the actual criminals have demonstrated that all the gun control laws already on the books don’t deter them for a heartbeat, and adding a few more will have just as little influence.

Maher also mentioned a controversy recently covered by Conservative Firing Line, the inability of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat running for president, to answer a question about how his gun control schemes would have prevented the Virginia Beach mass shooting of May 31.

One member of Maher’s panel was California Democrat Congresswoman Katie Porter. According to the Fox story, she said her party’s gun control agenda is “intended to ‘reduce preventable gun deaths.’”

However, that doesn’t appear to have occurred, and that pattern appears to be continuing with anti-gun Democrat Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s reaction to the Virginia Beach tragedy. He’s convening a legislative session July 9 at which he wants action on a gun control agenda that has little, if any, connection with the mass shooting, and would not have prevented it, had these proposals been law last month.

Northam’s agenda includes a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” suppressors and bump stocks, even though the mass killer didn’t use any such firearm, but a couple of handguns. No bump stock was involved, either, but one of the pistols was fitted with a suppressor.

Northam’s wish list also wants so-called “universal background checks,” although the killer, DeWayne Craddock, passed background checks when he bought the handguns, two years apart, and he also passed the background check required to purchase a suppressor.

The governor’s scheme also includes a resurrection of the state’s failed one-gun-per-month limit, which wouldn’t apply to Craddock, along with restricting child access to guns. No child was involved.

Northam wants to require reporting of lost or stolen firearms, but Craddock’s guns weren’t stolen.

Applying the “broken clock is right twice a day” principle, Maher may be onto something. Whether Democrats will listen is another matter.


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