“Today, the National Rifle Association is a record 5 million strong. Even as thousands of Americans join our cause every day, the media and political elites denigrate us. They cringe at the sight of long lines at gun shows. They mock Americans who are buying firearms and ammunition at a record pace. They scorn and scold the NRA. They don’t get it, because they don’t get America.”
— National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, to some 70,000 people at the organization’s annual convention, which ended Sunday. See Mr. LaPierre’s complete speech at NRAnews.com, along with appearances by Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, among many luminaries.
In a presidential posture, Vice President Joseph R. Biden has fired the first volley in an effort to distinguish his own take on gun control — ammunition, perhaps, for a 2016 White House run
“For too long, members of Congress have been afraid to vote against the wishes of the NRA, even when the vast majority of their constituents support what the NRA opposes. That fear has become such an article of faith that even in the face of evidence to the contrary, a number of senators voted against basic background checks, against a federal gun trafficking statute and against other commonsense measures because they feared a backlash,” Mr. Biden wrote in an op-ed published Sunday in the Houston Chronicle.
Keep in mind that the NRA convention was staged in Houston.
“Today, those very senators are discovering that the political landscape really did change. They are learning that Newtown really did shock the conscience of the nation and that inaction will not be tolerated by Democrats, Republicans or independents,” Mr. Biden observed.
What’s this? Bill Maher says that had President Obama been apprehended smoking marijuana in his younger days, life would have been different.
“This president wouldn’t be president if they had caught him, if that was on his record. He’d still be a community organizer,” the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” told his audience, adding, “I just wonder when he’s going to get the memo that pot is the new gay marriage.”
The thought that the stuff would be a newfound cause gave Newsbusters analyst Noel Sheppard pause.
“So are people opposed to the legalization of marijuana going to be the left’s next targets? Watch out, conservatives. In the coming years you’re going to be labeled as intolerant weedophobes,” he says.
Tuesday may be trying for Mark Sanford, who faces Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Her polling numbers are better. She has a famous brother, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert. She’s been knocking on doors and rolling through the countryside aboard a sky-blue campaign bus emblazoned with the motto, “Elizabeth Means Business.”
Mr. Sanford’s personal challenges have emerged, meanwhile. There’s still fallout from the former governor’s, uh, affair, and on Thursday, he must appear in a local court, charged with trespassing on his former wife’s property. But wait. He’s still got grass-roots fans, with advice for local voters.