For entertainment purposes only, Charles P. Pierce at Esquire‘s Political Blog on the NRA’s latest fever dream and its most unlikely opponents:
America’s gun lobby is beside itself these days, which is two too many gun lobbies for my way of thinking. House Resolution 822 has very little chance of becoming law because the Senate likely wouldn’t pass it, and the president is even less likely to sign it. HR 822 is one of those fundraising, gin-up-the-rubes exercises that is the only apparent public function that the Republican House of Representatives is willing to fulfill. HR 822 is a bill the proposes the establishment of a federal right-to-carry law, which would allow a concealed-weapons permit granted in, say, Alabama to be valid in New Jersey. (This, of course, is in keeping with the “full faith and strapped” provisions of the Constitution.) Pass this law, and you could Plaxico your Glock into your underwear and walk from New York to San Diego without running afoul of local gun laws.
The usual pests are opposed to this law. Gun violence victims. Mayors. Attorneys General. Chiefs of police. Frank Bruni. But the real resistance came from gun owners who looked deep within this law and saw the UN-New World Order-Obamafascist implications of it. These people saw HR 822 as opening the door to federal gun registration, and to the establishment of “minimum federal standards” for gun permits, and to the general meddling of the federal government in the rights of all Americans to stick their gun down their pants and go to the Piggly Wiggly….
The National Rifle Association, on whose behalf this law exists at all, thanks to its wholly owned subsidiaries in the Republican caucus, loves this bill to death, and it’s spent an unusual amount of time knocking down the wild-eyed speculations of its more wild-eyed members. So we finally have a definitive answer to the question of whether or not there is a paranoid conspiracy about gun ownership that is too weird for the NRA. The answer is, yes. There’s one.
Some of you may now be saying, hey, what about the devotion that all conservative Republicans have to states rights? If New Jersey would rather not be made into a magnet for gunplay tourism, doesn’t it have the right not to be made into one? This assumes that the devotion that all conservative Republicans have towards states rights is in any way sincere. Silly you. If you’re keeping score in the culture wars, what we know for certain is that there are two compelling federal interests that conservatives believe override the principles of states rights and limited federal government. The one is being able to carry a gun down your pants, and the other is keeping gay people from marrying each other. And, yes, we are also happy to see you.
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