Call it the new Catch-.22. Or the Catch-.45. Or maybe the Ice-T mantra.
Better yet, call it an outburst of sanity in the wake of the insanity of the horror in Aurora.
Firearms background checks were up more than 40 percent last Friday through Sunday over the same period of the previous week, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation reported.
Only in the minds of small-bore intellects such as U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat grasping for a campaign issue and hoping that it came in the form of James Holmes and his murderous rampage, could that come as bad news.
The very notion of law-abiding citizens moving to protect themselves sets Perlmutter’s teeth on edge.
He’d rather that potential victims dial cell phones than return fire in such extreme circumstances as those demonstrated by Holmes.
Of course, it’s not as though victims didn’t call the cops, who arrived in mere minutes. But Holmes killed a dozen in seconds, wounded more and terrified a nation.
Had Holmes harbored a reasonable suspicion that he might end up on the opposite end of a firearm, who knows?
Perhaps he might have refrained from his bloodthirsty rampage, or been stopped in his tracks.
Perhaps not, but we can’t help but wonder how he would have reacted to a fusillade of return fire.
Ice-T, who toils in the rap business, which is generally not known for its penetrating insights into human behavior, commented when asked in London about the Second Amendment: “I’ll give up my gun when everybody else does… if there were guns here, would you want to be the only one without one?”
A fair question, to be sure.
We aren’t sure if the debate over gun rights will ever end in a national consensus. But we do know this: Potential victims deserve better friends than the likes of Ed Perlmutter, so they can defend themselves against the likes of James Homes.