Conceit that only those who’ve mastered gun jargon can express a view on regulation of deadly weapons is absurd.—
Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 20, 2013
That was uncalled for. What has Slate’s Matt Yglesias cranky this time? It looks like he didn’t appreciate critics of his gun control stance calling him out on his supposed expertise on “tactical firearms.”
Yglesias has a point: anyone is allowed to have an opinion on guns and gun control, no matter how little they know about the subject or how long they’ve been in office. But while gun rights advocates have been written off by the vice president himself as members of the “black helicopter crowd,” wouldn’t the very real probability that some of that mistaken “gun jargon” will be written into the law of the land inspire just a hint of “paranoia”?
Experts like Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette?