Voters under the gun. (Correction, Please!).
CORRECTION: There was nothing quixotic about the Kathleen Kennedy Townsend campaign, before or after she blew a 15-point lead. However, when sniper attacks began in suburbs of Maryland and Virginia around D.C., her campaign got new ammunition, Reneging on a vow not to exploit the shootings, Robert Kennedy's daughter did just that. She preened in Baltimore: "I have had a lot of tragedy in my life because of guns, and I know the pain of losing somebody. I don't want other Marylanders to feel that pain."
Gun controllers crave calamity: The National Firearms Act of 1934 followed the assassination of Chicago's mayor; the Gun Control Act of 1968 was one reaction to the killings of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King; and the Crime Control Act of 1994 proceeded from well-publicized school shootings. With many Marylanders already terrorized, Mrs. Townsend shamelessly rolled out a campaign ad -- complete with gunfire from the Columbine High School tragedy in Colorado -- accusing her opponent of siding "with gun-lobby extremists who threaten our neighbors."
Meanwhile, she and others are pushing ballistic "fingerprinting," trying to ride a wave of fear into the governor's mansion. Maryland, as it happens, already has such a law, but in two years it has not produced a single conviction.
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|Author:||Hoar, William P.|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Date:||Nov 18, 2002|
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