What is the job of a rodeo clown? Jump out and distract a raging bull from goring the fallen young fool who tried to ride him. They trick the bull into charging aimlessly about until the ring is cleared and danger averted. Compare these clowns to the ones who write to newspapers with silly analogies and diversions from the issue of universal background checks for gun purchases. What would be the difference?
For example, a disturbed student on a Texas campus injured fourteen innocents with an exacto knife. Some required hospitalization, but all are alive and the attacker was subdued. The public, that raging bull with the original intent of reducing gun violence through universal background checks, clearly knows the fatalities that would have occurred had the attacker possessed firearms and ammunition. But wait for some clown to distract us with the absurd claim that “now the liberals will call for bans on exacto knives.” Wait for it. The distraction is just around the corner, and the gun lobby’s clowns will continue to deflect until the danger to their profits has passed.