In a surprise move that has shocked many conservatives -- and outraged gun rights activists -- the Bush administration has announced support for keeping the infamous Clinton-Feinstein-Schumer gun ban on the books.
The law, which bans common household firearms, is set to expire in September 2004. Most gun rights advocates assumed President Bush would let the law die. Though Bush said during the 2000 campaign that he supported the current law, it was unclear whether he favored extending the ban. Furthermore, he ran on a strong pro-gun-rights platform and may have won the election due to pro-gun voters in several close states.
But on April 12, White House Deputy Press Secretary Scott McClellan was quoted in the Washington Post:
"The president supports the current law, and he supports reauthorization of the current law."
Some libertarians continue to turn a blind eye toward this Republican administration, which is as anti-liberty as the previous Democratic one, and perhaps more so. On the other hand, I can't see why leftists are so unhappy with Bush. Aside from the war, they're getting everything they want out of the federal government these days. Instead of enjoying their good fortune they argue over irrelevancies like the tax cuts. It seems that partisan hatred runs so deep that they can't tell when they're winning. The same can occasionally be said for conservatives.
:: Walter 6:44 AM [+] ::