With Barack Obama shamelessly using kids as props for gun control measures that are ineffective, politically unpopular and petty, Canadian commentators are once again in high dudgeon. A CanWest piece said “The problem Obama faces is that many gun owners, particularly in Republican states, are rabid one-issue voters…” while the Globe and Mail editorial board soberly snarled that “most of the developed world has looked on in horror at the U.S. gun madness. As the U.S. prepares to face up to that madness, much of the world thinks: At last.”
It’s not even good analysis. A recent study, by academics not in sympathy with the findings, shows that about 40% of young Americans definitely plan to get guns when they have a household of their own and an additional 20% are thinking about it. The problem for gun controllers isn’t the gun lobby, a minority of maniacs or mental illness. It’s that a majority of Americans favour an armed citizenry and, as statistics show, the vast majority of Americans with firearms never do anything vicious or crazy with them.
It’s also not good manners. Would either of these esteemed outlets use terms like “rabid” and “madness” for the truly horrifying foibles of other cultures? But when a majority of Americans want the right to defend their loved ones they erupt into abuse. I guess multiculturalism has its limits.