OK, by now we’re all used to living on Bizarro Earth, where liberals are in charge, socialism is the ideal and gun control schemes are a good idea.
So when did we get back to sensible old Regular Earth?
At least, for one shining moment, that seemed to be what happened on Wednesday when the Senate actually did the right thing and rejected background checks, the Feinstein bill and a slew of other gun-grab plans.
I haven’t noticed any flying pigs yet, and I haven’t checked the weather report for Hell to see if it’s snowing, but President Obama and New York Nanny Michael Bloomberg were both spittin’ mad, and that’s an encouraging sign.
Bloomberg released a statement:
Today’s vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington. More than 40 U.S. senators would rather turn their backs on the 90 percent of Americans who support comprehensive background checks than buck the increasingly extremist wing of the gun lobby.
Democrats – who are so quick to blame Republicans for our broken gun laws – could not stand united. And Republicans – who are so quick to blame Democrats for not being tough enough on crime – handed criminals a huge victory, by preserving their ability to buy guns illegally at gun shows and online and keeping the illegal trafficking market well-fed.
Yo, Mikey, those “special interests” you dismiss as the “extremist wing of the gun lobby” are ordinary Americans who want to keep their right to defend themselves and who don’t believe your phony 90-percent polls. Also, criminals tend to buy on the black market, not at gun shows.
Those background checks were designed to intrude in Americans’ lawful rights to sell or buy guns, with the intention of making gun ownership so burdensome that people would rather surrender their right to defend themselves, their families and their communities. If the Senate vote was a “damning indictment” of anything, it was liberals’ lies about their plans to eliminate guns.
Several in the press noted that Obama was visibly angry during his press conference denouncing the Senate’s unexpected bout of responsibility. Some of the prop families from Newtown, token shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords and a scowling monkey-faced Joe Biden were also in attendance.
“Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elect leaders,” Obama said. “A few minutes ago, a minority in the U.S. Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common sense gun reform even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery.”
(Just to be clear, his reference to “common sense” was actually the Bizarro Earth form of common sense he and we have come to expect during his time in office.)
I don’t expect this glorious moment of rationality to last in Congress. Obama swore Wednesday’s votes were just Round One, and I expect Obama and his handlers will be faxing new orders to Democrats tonight, so tomorrow may be back to monkey business as usual.
But for the moment, we still have a Second Amendment.