Bitter Clingers Again: The bigotry behind the push for gun control

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 at 8:49 am

It’s strikingly reminiscent of Barack Obama’s notorious 2008 musings on “some of these small towns in Pennsylvania and . . . the Midwest”: “It’s not surprising . . . that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Like Clinton on Saturday, Obama thought he was speaking privately to a group of well-heeled donors, but it turned out a journalist was present. It’s possible that, like Obama in 2008, Clinton is insufficiently self-aware to recognize his own condescension. Or perhaps he’s being mischievous and trying to undermine Obama’s gun-control efforts. Either way, it’s not as if he has anything to lose.

An even sharper display of urban leftist bigotry against gun owners comes in a pair of posts by Josh Marshall, proprietor of In the first, titled “Speaking for My Tribe,” Marshall divides the world into two “tribes,” which he calls “gun people” and “non-gun people.”

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