Here's some poetic justice for gun-control advocates

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, of Colorado, said that her proposed ban on the sale or transfer of magazines holding more than 10 rounds would reduce violence.

"If you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won't be any more available," she said at a forum organized by the Denver Post.

The audience laughed as DeGette cast herself as an empty-headed blue jay because, as I'm sure Maya Angelou could tell her, an empty magazine can be reloaded with bullets.

That a lead Democratic sponsor of a controversial gun bill doesn't even know the first thing about how guns work reveals that it's all about one thing: peddling fear.

Americans had hoped for another kind of debate after Sandy Hook, a debate in which responsible gun control measures could be considered, yes, but also a discussion about mental health and a culture of violence that brings treasure to the same Hollywood crowd that hires armed bodyguards yet abhors the Second Amendment.

So why does the caged bird shoot?

Because her finger is on the trigger.

She's not thinking about gun control. She's not thinking about social elites who have the means to insulate themselves while mocking the less fortunate, those among us who cling to our guns and our religion.

She's not thinking about DeGette's stupidity or liberal demagoguery. She's thinking only about one thing.

Survival.

jskass@tribune.com Twitter: @John_Kass

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