A collection of quotes from this week’s Tower of 2A Babble.
“Gun-control advocates blame the NRA, but perhaps the NRA is less like a foreign pathogen that has invaded our body politic, to which we could mount an immune response, than like a cancer, growing from our own mutated cells.” — Anti-gun doctors, calling NRA’s 5 million law-abiding members “a cancer” in a recent edition of The New England Journal of Medicine.
“A large percentage of people don’t know much about the NRA.” — Chicago Tribune Editorial Board member Clarence Page, lamely and wrongly trying to explain why public support for the National Rifle Association, which is constantly bashed in the media, is still markedly higher than support for President Obama, a media darling.
“After more than a decade of covering, interviewing and occasionally dining with Bloomberg, I’d say his denials of interest in the presidency, no matter how firm and definitive, should be taken with a huge grain of salt.” — CNN’s Political Commentator Errol Louis, speculating about rumors that gun-ban billionaire and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg might be considering a presidential run.
“Mr. President, pre-screened questions that lead to your long-winded answers are anything but an honest dialogue. But I’ll tell you what: I’ll meet you for a one-on-one, one-hour debate with a mutually agreed-upon moderator on any network that will take it.”— NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, challenging President Obama to debate on network television.
“This seems an unprecedented abuse of White House influence to manipulate the public into believing celebrities genuinely supported the president. Hollywood is just an extension of Obama’s press office.” — Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Institute, on the Fox News revelation that the president’s staff sent Twitter-ready sound bites for celebrities to parrot in support of his gun-control push.