New Jersey Sen. Loretta Weinberg, who introduced the state’s notorious “smart” gun mandate and later opposed her own legislation, is hardly a model lawmaker. Yet that didn’t stop The Daily Beast from celebrating her series of ruinous gun-control blunders with a bizarrely congratulatory puff piece.
“Go, Loretta!” shouts the article tag before we even get to the headline. If it had been intended as an invitation to try a different career, we would be able to agree. Instead, the Beast embraces Weinberg’s self-portrayal as a tragic hero whose “quite reasonable” mandate met inexplicable opposition. “Much to my chagrin, the law was adopted by the NRA and the Second Amendment people as to why we should never develop a smart or child-proof gun,” she says.
The whole thing is worth checking out if you’d like to see the Beast fall over itself arguing that Weinberg made a positive impact without actually accomplishing anything. And by the way, there are multiple references here to the dreaded “Second Amendment people.” We thought people who respected the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights were called … Americans?