Saturday, August 20, 2005

The NRA's Wildest Dreams
Professor Reynolds, writing about the proposal to reintroduce elephants, rhinos, tigers, etc. to the American prairie (I say reintroduce because they were here before people came along and wiped them out) quotes (via Althouse):

Obviously, gaining public acceptance is going to be a huge issue, especially when you talk about reintroducing predators," said lead author Josh Donlan, of Cornell University. "There are going to have to be some major attitude shifts. That includes realising predation is a natural role, and that people are going to have to take precautions.
He then goes on to comment himself:
Hmm. I'm not that excited about being prey. I believe I've written on this attitude before.
My take is simple: the NRA must be behind this proposal. Why? Because the biggest argument in favor of the assault weapons ban was something along the lines of "hunters do not need AK-47s to bring down a deer."

That's true—but you might need one to bring down an elephant that's chasing your kids. And there's a quote from the West Wing, when an exasperated Josh tries to convince a colleague of the need for gun control legislation:
I realize as an adult that not everyone shares my view of the world. And with an issue as hot as gun control, I'm prepared to accept a lot of different points of view as being perfectly valid. But we can all get together on the grenade launcher, right?
Well, when you're hunting rhino in Kansas, a grenade launcher could really come in handy.

So you see, of course, why the NRA might be behind this—it's the perfect excuse to wipe all gun control legislation off the books.

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