Posted on | April 18, 2013 | 49 Comments
By combining, apparently in his head and on the fly, the demonstrably inaccurate “80,000 plus people a year” with the debunked claim that 40% of gun sales in America don’t require a background check, Mr. Biden reaches the completely unverifiable claim that “between 30,000 and 50,000 who get a gun who are not qualified. Probably higher.” That claim, the child of two other blatantly inaccurate claims used to forward gun control agendas, is, of course, itself used to forward a gun control agenda.
Facts? Logic? Who needs silly stuff like that, when you’ve got President AngryPants ranting against his opponents as moral inferiors? Besides, there’s always “shameless emotional bullying — political necromancy,” and the familiar “absolute moral authority” of victimhood employed to silence rational policy debate.
Our political, academic and media elites deliberately foment this atmosphere of hysterical emotionalism that empowers, for example, the insufferably smug Lawrence O’Donnell to blame the NRA – ! — for the Boston Marathon bombing.
The decadent creatures who would rule over us are forever “Hijacking crises for fun and profit,” as Ed Morrissey says. Or, more to the point, they are hijacking crises to augment their power and enhance their narcissistic enjoyment of imaginary superiority to the rest of us.