-- Roanoke Times editorial, "It's Still The Economy, Stupid," July 7, 2010 --
Americans are fixated on one central issue? And anything beyond that one central issue is a "dead horse"?
As a famous film character once said, "Stupid is as stupid does."
Targeting the gun show loopholeI can't wait. I'm looking forward to the Times linking the "gun show loophole" to the our one central issue - our miserable economy.
Monday, we’ll have an editorial supporting a federal law to close the so-called gun show loophole. H.R. 2324 (the “Closing the Gun Show Loophole Act of 2009) has no chance of passing in this election year. Democratic House leaders refused even to hold a hearing on it, but a forum Wednesday chaired by Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott underscored the need to keep pushing.
I can't wait, too, for the geniuses at the Times to finally explain how a transaction taking place at a gun show between two private individuals - neither of which is ever required to secure a gun background check if he were anywhere else on the planet should they decide to transact the very same business - is a loophole in the law. They can't seem to grasp the difference between licensed dealers - who are required to complete the checks - and non-dealers (you and me) - who aren't. (Hint: start with this - anyone can sell a gun at a gun show - inside or in the parking lot; just as they can in the Roanoke Times editorial board ... er, romper room - it has to do with this thingie we call America.)
To coin a phrase: "It's Still Stupid, Stupid."