The Corner

Scarborough Says IRS Scandal Makes Gun Background Checks A Little Less Appealing

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough pointed out that the case for background checks is more problematic in light of the IRS scandals. The host had been, in recent months, an ardent supporter of expanded background checks for firearms purchases, but says that some concerns about increased gun-control measures are more justified after the IRS abused its powers and violated citizens’ privacy when reviewing organizations’ applications.

“My argument is less persuasive today because of these scandals,” he said. “People say, ‘Hey, if they do this with the IRS, asking people what books you read, then how can I trust them with information about my Second Amendment rights?’”

The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein agreed with Scarborough: “I think you’re absolutely right, and I think it feeds into this notion that government is either inept or it’s corrupt.”

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Basta La Vista, Baby

Dear Reader (And especially Martha McSally’s dog), As I often note, I increasingly tend to see the political scene as a scripted reality show in which the writers don’t flesh out the dialogue so much as move characters into weird, wacky, confrontational, or embarrassing positions. It’s a lot like The ... Read More

Friends of Elmer

Do you know what scares an American outdoorsman more than a grizzly bear? Twitter. In the late summer and early autumn, the hunting world had its eyes on the courts: The Trump administration had issued new guidance that would permit the hunting of brown bears (popularly known as grizzly bears), including in ... Read More