It is sort of remarkable how slavery and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. have become part of the narrative on gun control. Most invocations of slavery by Fox pundits are blatant attempts to co-opt bits and pieces of the African-American legacy, but not this time. Fox News anchor Shep Smith seemed to suggest that lawmakers should be leaders in pushing gun control legislation instead of relying on polls.
“Large capacity magazines?” Smith inquired. “No chance for that?”
“Right now, the numbers don’t exist on the Republican or Democratic side,” Stoddard answered.
“Closing the gun control loophole – I mean, the gun show loophole?” Smith again inquired.
“The polls show a change in support,” Stoddard insisted. “If you poll the members of Congress…”
“If we stuck with the polls, we’d have had slavery a lot longer than we did,” Smith countered.
“That is true,” Stoddard agreed.
And maybe Shepard Smith is right about our conflict averse politicians. Maybe the reason nothing ever gets done in Washington is because politicians are so busying following the American public, and reading polls, that they’ve forgotten how to actually lead.