Op-Ed refers to Biden's gun control as 'voodoo'

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Some of us are old enough to remember the term “voodoo economics,” but for those who might not recall it, it was a derisive term used for President Ronald Reagan’s economic plan. While Democrats glomped onto the term, it was first coined by then-candidate George H.W. Bush.


However, the concept of “voodoo” policy is still with us. It’s a handy term of phrase for any ill-advised policy that may do the opposite of what it’s supposed to do.

That’s why I applaud columnist Don Feder for using it for gun control.

President Biden has returned to an old standby for liberal crime fighters — more gun control.

This month, the president used the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings to push gun-control legislation that included expanded background checks and $5 billion for community “anti-violence programs.” He assured us that all were “commonsense” measures.

Funny how new gun control proposals are always commonsensical. Whatever background checks we have, they always need to be expanded. Giving money to community programs (read: social spending) is one of the left’s favorite anti-crime measures.

Crime has reached epidemic proportions, and not just crimes committed with guns. Property theft is up. (A new expression has been added to the vocabulary — “snatch and grab.”) The elderly are assaulted on city streets. Women are raped on train cars. The murder of police officers has become routine.

Gun control is voodoo crime control. It won’t keep guns out of the hands of determined criminals or psychopaths.

I really like that; “voodoo crime control.”

I like it because it’s accurate as hell, really.

See, voodoo is a superstitious practice that has allowed those who use it to bilk others out of hard-earned money for something that provides absolutely zero results. You want someone to fall in love with you? There’s a voodoo practitioner somewhere who will sell you a potion to make that happen.


Only, it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, you’ll probably be told the problem was your lack of faith or something of that sort.

I get that there are many people who actually believe in voodoo. They’re welcome to believe anything they want, so long as it doesn’t impact the rights of another.

However, when you look at gun control, you see a similar pattern to the one I described above. You have a fraudulent practice being touted as the answer to our crime problem – this despite no real evidence that it has ever produced those results in the first place – and we simply are supposed to have faith that it will work. When it doesn’t, then the problem wasn’t that gun control simply doesn’t work as advertised, only that we didn’t use enough of it.

It’s a perfect term for any infringement on the Second Amendment. I have to thank Feder for it because I plan to blatantly steal this and use it repeatedly in the coming years.

If ever there was an accurate summation of gun control, Feder found it. Well done, sir. Well done indeed.

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