by Michelle Malkin
"Good evening, America. My name is Jered Townsend from Clio, Mich.," the YouTube citizen-questioner began. "To all the candidates, tell me your position on gun control, as myself and other Americans really want to know if our babies are safe." Townsend then pulled out his Bushmaster AR-15. "This is my 'baby,' purchased under the 1994 gun ban. Please tell me your views. Thank you."
Cooper rescued him by turning to The Smirk from Delaware. "Sen. Biden, are you going to be able to keep his 'baby' safe?" Snide Joe grabbed his opening: "I'll tell you what: If that is his baby, he needs help."
Biden threw red meat to the blue audience - and was richly rewarded with loud applause.
Showing off his lawyerly credentials, he continued to wallop the YouTube gun owner: "I think he just made an admission against self-interest. I don't know that he is mentally qualified to own that gun." Why? Because he showed affection for his possession? Because he's an enthusiastic hobbyist?
Because he talked about his gun the way Paris Hilton talks about her Chihuahua or Brad Pitt talks about his Ducati or Al Gore talks about his Priuses and compact fluorescent light bulbs?
The audience roared with laughter at Biden's mockery of the gun owner's mental health. So much for politically correct sensitivity toward the mentally ill, eh?
"I'm being serious," Biden chuckled. "Look, we should be working with law enforcement, right now, to make sure that we protect people against people who don't - are not capable of knowing what to do with a gun because they're either mentally imbalanced and/or because they have a criminal record, and . . ."
Cooper interrupted Biden's rant, but he stuck in one more jibe at Jered Townsend, the YouTube gun owner: "I hope he doesn't come looking for me." More laughter.
Did any of the other candidates pipe up to defend the gun owner? Not a one. Biden's snark and smarm spoke for them.
The Democrats remain the party of gun-grabbers. Its leading presidential candidates view gun-owners as crackpots and nutballs, and treat the Second Amendment as a nuisance to be circumvented and cured. Big Nanny, not bedrock constitutional principle, rules.
The Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot by taking arrogant potshots at gun owners in a nationally televised debate. A recent Gallup Poll showed that roughly one in three Americans who live in the Midwest and South owns a gun; 27 percent of independents and 23 percent of Democrats identify themselves as gun owners. A majority use their weapons for crime prevention.
Who in the Democrat Party speaks for them?
Are the majority of women gun owners who own a gun for self-defense "mentally imbalanced," too?
The Dems can enjoy Biden's YouTube-able wisecracking now. But come general election time, it may be Second Amendment defenders who get the last laugh."
One in three Midwesterners may own a gun, but having lived there for several years I can painfully relate that we're talking shotguns and hunting rifles and "what the hell ya need that pistol for anyway" mentality that is far too prevalent. Just take a look at the Midwestern carry laws. The Shall-Issue states that are far from it, and the May-Issue ones that add in the smallest of print when pigs fly. And while applauding Ms Malkin for at long last having something to say about guns...she really didn't, except to poke fun at those who do not like them but when a major blogger at least takes notice so do we...her mentioning women as if they're apart from the mainstream or different creature entirely was out of sorts.
I expect the Joe Biden's of the country to laugh at me. Hell, I laugh at him enough so fair's fair. It'd be nice though for Michelle to report that she owns and carries and is a staunch Conservative Republican who gives more than lip service to the Constitution.