Last week, Democrats failed to get anti-gun legislation through the U.S. Senate.
Boy, are they upset.
Of course, this isn't the first time that the left has pushed gun control. Like a cat chasing a laser pointer, liberals simply can't resist chasing their dream of national disarmament any time they see an opening.
It's enough to almost make you feel kind of bad for the perpetual failure of the left when it comes to this issue. Almost. So, here's a list of few things that liberals can do differently the next time they feel like taking a shot at dismantling the Second Amendment.
1. When attempting to exploit a tragedy for political gain, try to propose ideas that may have actually PREVENTED the initial tragedy.
Before the ink proclaiming the sad headlines out of Newtown was dry, Democrats were screaming for a reinstitution of the federal ban on "assault weapons." This, despite the fact that the weapon used by shooter, Adam Lanza, was not banned by the 1994 law.
After Democrats couldn't gather the support needed to even get a Senate Vote on the ban, they moved on to attempts to expand background checks. Once again, the guns used by Lanza belonged to his mother. No background check would have prevented those weapons from getting into his murdering hands.
2. When proposing anti-gun legislation, have some stats ready that show your ideas will achieve desired results.
When it came to the assault weapons ban, there was no evidence that, when the ban was in place from 1994 to 2004, it actually worked.
IMPORTANT: If stats show that your idea actually makes problems worse, maybe you shouldn't propose it.
For example, if your city has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, yet, has a staggering amount of gun violence, perhaps, you may not want to implement the laws that are not working THERE at a national level.
Just a thought.
3. Try to ensure that those promoting your ideas actually know basic, fundamental info about the items they are trying to regulate (i.e., the definition of "assault weapon," automatic vs. semi-automatic, what a magazine does, etc.).
So, if you're a United States Representative, and you don't know what a magazine is, maybe, don't talk about the subject as if you do.
If you're the First Lady of the United States and feel like taking a break from lecturing fat kids to talk about real issues, be sure you don't call for the banning of weapons that have already been banned at a national level for 80 years.
And, if you're the First Lady's husband, you should try extra hard to know what you're talking about, as well.
Follow these simple rules and, next time there's a horrible shooting involving suburban white children (not inner-city black kids, of course), you should be ready to fully exploit those murders in order to achieve 50-year old, symbolic, policy goals that only your base cares about.