Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I must be getting old. I hear lies and remember hearing them before.
Still not one cop killed by those bullets, yet the lie is recycled as if nobody ever heard it told, or heard it refuted. Does the entire country have Alzheimer’s? Can’t anybody remember we went through this once before, and why it was dumb then so it’s just as dumb now?
Interestingly, public reaction to the lie has changed. In Bill Clinton’s day, everybody was on board with supporting local law enforcement. Nowadays, a lot more people seem to think “Politicians and the media promise me cops are racists who delight in shooting Gentle Giants holding their hands up, so why should cops get special protection?” Lot more push-back and ATF was much quicker to pull the ban proposal “for further study.”
It boils down to a difference in philosophy:
Liberals believe that if you tear down enough of the institutions that brought order out of chaos, the result will be utopia.
I suspect that’s too optimistic – I suspect Heinlein and Burke were right, the result will be a reversion to chaos.
Part of it – the liberal part – is as Joe describes.
There’s also a more libertarian streak to the GOP that didn’t exist 20 years ago. While the GOP still has all sorts of law-enforcement fanboys who figure if the cops say, do, or arrest it, they must be right, there are a few more who believe restraint is in order.