I was thinking about taking to fisk President Obama’s call for “common sense” gun control legislation that I heard part of on the radio driving to work this morning because parts of it… just didn’t sit right with me. But Ken White beat me to it.
About the only thing I see missing from Ken’s analysis is that the President has an institutional role to play, a role that involves emphasizing the effective functioning of the government and thus invoking both public safety and democracy, regardless of policy preference or partisanship. So yeah, that’s going to necessarily mean that any President is going to make appeals to those things.
Go read the post. This is what lawyers blogging is all about.