Gun Control And The Second Inaugural—Democrats May Not Have Seen The Light On Gun Control, But They're Still Feeling The Heat

In my recent article Gun Control—Like Immigration Law, Enforced Only Against Those Who Obey It, I checked out Obama's inauguration speech for a reference to gun control, but all I found was the passing mention of the Newtown murders:

Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm. [Second, and constitutionally last Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama, January 21, 2013]

Looking at it again, I think it actually is a plea for gun control, but a deeply coded one. ("Always safe from harm" means federal laws depriving Appalachian housewives of guns the way Detroit housewives already are, and we know how well that worked out.)

You may remember that "code words" are what liberals accuse conservatives of using whenever we talk about crime and welfare, or for that matter, "fairness", "standards" or "competence."

Well, there really is such a thing as a code word, and it's what a politician uses to introduce an unpopular position that he really wants to put through, but he's afraid of, because as the ad man said "the dogs don't like it."

Well, now gun control is like that for the Democrats—they really want it, but they don't dare. They haven't seen the light, but they've felt the heat.

Now the problem is to make amnesty—code word "comprehensive immigration reform"—just as radioactive. It worked in 2007 when amnesty was rejected by the Senate—enough angry constituents phoned their Senators that the Senate switchboard shut down.