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Gun Control's Potemkin Village

hboring Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 12:26 AM
Ditto! Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer. I earned every dime. If I was able, I'd volunteer to provide school security, but I'm 75 years old with bad knees from climbing ship ladders, and congestive heart failure.

Political trends come and go in response to events. Gun control was the rage during the Clinton administration, but over the past decade or so it became an obsolete cause. After the horrific crimes in Newtown and Aurora, though, it's staging a comeback.

One thing hasn't changed: The agenda includes mostly measures that will have little or no effect on the problems they are supposed to address. They are Potemkin remedies -- presentable fa?ades with empty space behind them.

This is something that supporters as well as opponents labor to conceal. Treating them as serious allows them both...