- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 15, 2004

‘Core delusion’

“The 1994 federal assault-weapons ban … was a bad job from the beginning, a fraudulent piece of legislation pushed through by hard-line gun-control advocates during the glory days of the Clinton era. To get it through Congress, its backers had to agree to a 10-year sunset provision. The law [passed] quietly into history at midnight [Monday].

“Until the last minute, apologists for the ban … tried desperately to breathe life back into it, predicting doom if Congress failed to extend the law. A frantic Sarah Brady from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence … was quoted in the New York Times as warning ‘The assault weapons are coming, they’re coming next week.’ …

“Gun crimes committed with ‘assault weapons’ won’t increase. Semiautomatic rifles never did catch on in a big way with career criminals, because they are too difficult to carry concealed. …

“[Gun control advocates] will nevertheless maintain to the end that the ban’s end will touch off a crime wave of epic proportions. The core delusion here is that all guns are evil. Gun-control advocates will, therefore, refuse to accept that their condemnation of ‘assault weapons’ has no basis in fact.”

Timothy Wheeler, writing on “Assault-Weapons Ban, R.I.P.,” Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Relatively wrong

“‘Pretty is as pretty does.’ ‘If you cannot say something nice, say nothing at all.’ ‘Birds of a feather flock together.’ … For generations parents used such phrases and quotations to correct young people and to inspire them to act virtuously. The virtues were reinforced in church. In schools, teachers insisted on upright behavior. …

“These phrases and a sure foundation for morality have been all but eroded by modernity’s great anti-ethical phrase: ‘That’s your opinion.’ … [Y]oung sophists imagine they trip up their less sophisticated counterparts (who insist that there are standards of right and wrong) with that ominous showstopper to all moral inquiry. ‘Illegal drugs are bad.’ That’s your opinion. ‘Representative government is superior to tyranny.’ That’s your opinion. … Not that relativists actually live by their own doctrine. Just steal a relativist’s car sometime and watch how quickly he goes to the police. ‘Theft is wrong.’ That’s your opinion.”

Terence Moore, writing on “Lewis’s ‘Abolition’ Best Introduction to Philosophy,” for the Ashbrook Center at www.ashbrook.org

Movie myth

“Fox Searchlight, a major Hollywood studio … is poised this fall to release a new movie that apparently will whitewash the career of Alfred C. Kinsey, whose fraudulent scientific research in the late 1940s launched the sexual revolution, including the radical feminist and homosexual movements.

“Kinsey’s conclusions were based on phony research. … Media hype about his alleged findings changed the way many Americans think about sex, marriage, family and morality. …

“One of the stars of the movie, Laura Linney … complained in Entertainment Weekly’s fall double issue that many Americans ‘just flip out’ when it comes to the subject of sex. …

“‘They feel like the fabric of American society is coming undone,’ she added.

“Linney fails to consider that … these Americans are exactly right.

“By not telling the real truth about Kinsey’s fraudulent, unethical research and the evils of the sexual revolution, Hollywood perpetuates Kinsey’s lies about sex, marriage, family, and morality.”

—Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder, writing on “New Movie Will Spread More Lies about Sex, Marriage, and Family,” Sept. 8 at www.movieguide.org

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