MSNBC’s liberal talk-show host Rachel Maddow used the flap over Rep. Mark Patterson’s gun permit to advance one of her favorite topics: restrictions on guns.
Maddow led Wednesday night’s show with a 12-minute piece on how Patterson has lost his concealed weapons permit for failing to disclose a 1974 conviction for assault with intent to commit rape.
Maddow was predictably indignant about the facts, but she also deftly connected Patterson’s antics to the transformation in policy since President Reagan was shot in 1981. Gone are the days of bipartisan consensus on background checks and limits on military-style weapons and firearms that escape detection at security checkpoints, Maddow said.
Maddow didn’t mention that this is in significant part the fault of Democrats afraid to do anything that might offend the NRA.
Anyway, I wrote a story about the Maddow piece that’s on the Statesman home page. You may read it here.