Remember the “Young Guns”? Yes, indeed – Eric Cantor and that group who were going to ride in and save the day for “limited government”? That worked out well, didn’t it? Well, there’s another posse riding around stirring up dust and giving us the what for on prescriptions for our well-being and future happiness. It consists of people like Erick Erickson, Ben Domenech, some really hip talking faces over at Fox News, and of course the nimble dudes at National Review. They are male and female, but their common thread is they are thirty-to-forty-somethings who just can’t wait to bring conservatism into the 21st Century. We told on the up-and coming Ben Domenech (he’s been on Gutfeld, as has Charlie Cooke, and Fox News Sunday lately) here. To these types, extremism in the defense of liberty is a vice.
Cooke’s latest output is a nod to Hillary Clinton and all the progressives who are doing the stealth gun confiscation thing by setting up straw men (in this case domineering spouses or dating partners) as reasons why we probably need to vastly expand the BATF and further politicize the Department of Justice.
“Buried amid the hyperbole and nonsense that stains Hillary Clinton’s newest gun-control plan are a couple of rather good ideas. The first: To expand the definition of “domestic abuse” so that guilty men do not fall through the cracks. “While federal law generally prohibits domestic abusers from purchasing or possessing guns,” Clinton notes correctly, “this protection does not apply to people in dating relationships or convicted stalkers.”
“Expand the definition of domestic abuse.” Why yes, Charlie, Hilly’s right as rain, isn’t she? Let’s see, we could expand the definition of domestic abuse to include when a man tells his wife her chicken casserole was a bit too undercooked, or if he gives her a dirty look when she overdraws the checking account. Let’s just progressively expand our horizon of definitions….
Image source: Erick Erickson photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore, Flickr-Creative Commons, Ben Domenech photo – Twitter, Charles C. W. Cooke photo – screenshot.