Joel B. Pollack @ Big Government:
Ben Shapiro’s confident, fact-packed demolition of CNN’s Piers Morgan last night marks the turning point in the gun control debate. Ben showed that when they cannot exploit the deaths of children, gun control advocates are forced to defend their views, which are based on faulty premises. That timely reminder has given new energy and enthusiasm to defenders of the Second Amendment, who are preparing for the mother of all battles.
The Obama administration is using recent mass shootings–with the exception of Fort Hood, of course, which it does not want to acknowledge as an Islamist terror attack–to press a gun control agenda many decades in the making. They have not yet suggested a single policy proposal that would have prevented the horrific killings at Sandy Hook, and the task force chaired by Vice President Joe Biden is not likely to do so, either.
Their campaign depends on blaming Second Amendment advocates for Sandy Hook. They rely on the acquiescence of “me, too” pundits such as David Frum, who today blamed “the gun lobby” for “putting those children in their graves in the first place.” Remove that effort at inducing collective guilt, and they lose, because most fear to admit what they really want: to remove the Second Amendment from “your little book.”
There are some gun control advocates who actually want a sincere debate on that point, who disliked the Second Amendment even before Sandy Hook and will go on disliking it even if there is never another school shooting. That is partly why many on the left are applauding Ben’s performance on CNN: they want a no-holds-barred debate, and are frustrated that media gatekeepers like Morgan are standing in their way.