I haven’t seen a walkback this severe since an ATF customer wanted a refund on the gun he smuggled to Mexico

by wfgodbold

From “I believe in the Second Amendment,” to “…if common sense prevails, we can … make the United States of America a stronger, safer place,” to (H/T Uncle) “Obama Looking For Ways Around Congress On Gun Policy,” in less than two weeks.

Doesn’t all that spin make them dizzy?

Or is this just another case of “This is my position on the issue, and if you don’t like it … well, I have others?” Do they learn doublethink on purpose, or did they all study at the feet of Groucho Marx?

All the usual suspects are said to have been consulted regarding the administration’s options on gun policy; Carolyn McCarthy, Chuck Schumer, and Michael Bloomberg (all of whom had a hand in this monstrosity).

Like Wayne LaPierre (head of the NRA) said to the NYT (H/T Sebastian),

Why should I or the N.R.A. go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?

It really comes down to the cake analogy, yet again. LawDog‘s excellent analogy is quoted in full after the jump.

Since what you consider to be reasonable isn’t even in the same plane of reality with what I consider reasonable, probably not.

Allow me to explain.

I hear a lot about “compromise” from your camp … except, it’s not compromise.

Let’s say I have this cake. It is a very nice cake, with “GUN RIGHTS” written across the top in lovely floral icing. Along you come and say, “Give me that cake.”

I say, “No, it’s my cake.”

You say, “Let’s compromise. Give me half.” I respond by asking what I get out of this compromise, and you reply that I get to keep half of my cake.

Okay, we compromise. Let us call this compromise The National Firearms Act of 1934.

There I am with my half of the cake, and you walk back up and say, “Give me that cake.”

I say, “No, it’s my cake.”

You say, “Let’s compromise.” What do I get out of this compromise? Why, I get to keep half of what’s left of the cake I already own.

So, we have your compromise — let us call this one the Gun Control Act of 1968 — and I’m left holding what is now just a quarter of my cake.

And I’m sitting in the corner with my quarter piece of cake, and here you come again. You want my cake. Again.

This time you take several bites — we’ll call this compromise the Clinton Executive Orders — and I’m left with about a tenth of what has always been MY DAMN CAKE and you’ve got nine-tenths of it.

Then we compromised with the Lautenberg Act (nibble, nibble), the HUD/Smith and Wesson agreement (nibble, nibble), the Brady Law (NOM NOM NOM), the School Safety and Law Enforcement Improvement Act (sweet tap-dancing Freyja, my finger!)

I’m left holding crumbs of what was once a large and satisfying cake, and you’re standing there with most of MY CAKE, making anime eyes and whining about being “reasonable”, and wondering “why we won’t compromise”.

I’m done with being reasonable, and I’m done with compromise. Nothing about gun control in this country has ever been “reasonable” nor a genuine “compromise”.

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