Monday morning’s drive time discussion by KVI’s John Carlson for Seattle-area listeners that centered on the weekend's media eruption over comedian Bill Maher’s suggestion that the Democrat party “come out against the Second Amendment” could have focused on Maher’s surprising, albeit foul-mouthed candor that defined one of the gun prohibition lobby’s favorite semantics ploys about “gun safety.”
In Maher’s mind, it is “bulls**t,” and for once, the far-left HBO talk host nailed it. The conversation became hot news over the weekend and the fact that it is now grist for Monday morning talk radio in the Puget Sound region suggests the story has pretty strong legs.
The “B”-word was partly blipped out as Carlson’s program during the 6:30 a.m. segment repeated the controversial exchange between Maher and Democrat Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota, in which Maher demanded to know why Democrats do not simply announce that they oppose the second provision in the Bill of Rights.
Ellison’s answer, according to a transcript published Saturday by Real Clear Politics, was equally stunning: “I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would.”
The eye-opening YouTube video is spreading across the Internet like a plague of liberal locusts this morning, as it clearly puts the Democratic Party philosophy on public display. While there are unquestionably many pro-gun Democrats in Congress and state legislatures, it is the party leadership that calls the shots on gun policy, and they clearly answer to the far left wing.
Maher’s candor just might come back to haunt gun prohibition lobbying groups, from the Committee to Stop Gun Violence, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action and the Brady Campaign, all the way down to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility and Washington CeaseFire. All of these groups have repeatedly beaten the drums for “common sense gun safety” regulations, which are, in reality, deceptively packaged gun control measures, and they all know it.
Maher has said what gun rights advocates have been insisting for many years. What gun prohibitionists pander as their campaign for “safety” is fresh off the feed lot, and Democrats should stop walking in it.
Republicans may make political hay out of the Second Amendment challenge – it is an election year, after all – but it would not be faulty politics for gun rights groups to remind voters, especially those in Washington State who are now forming opinions about Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure, that Maher has called a spade a spade.
Henceforth, the “Maher Principle” just might cover all the bases when the gun control crowd panders for “common-sense gun safety.” Now, courtesy of Mr. Maher, everybody knows exactly what that is.
Kurt Hofmann weighs in here.