In the fast-expanding and narrow-minded world of partisan commentators, there's a term that describes the act of considering both sides of a policy debate. It's hurled at anybody with the temerity to hold all parties accountable, even if not always equally so. "False equivalency."
You'd think it was my middle name. It's a slur leveled at politically agnostic journalists who attempt to cut through the clutter of spin, lies, and process, inflicting discomfort across the spectrum -- from Bernie Sanders to Rush Limbaugh.
The job is made easier by the fact that there are few debates in Washington (or in life) involving circumstances so black and white that one side's case is virtually inexplicable. But we seem to have one now, with guns, and it's a problem for the Republican Party.
To the long-term detriment of a just cause — protecting the Second Amendment — the NRA and its puppets in Congress are botching their fight with Obama. They are factually wrong more often, far more likely to demagogue, and further from mainstream America on policy than the White House.
There is no equivalency.
First, polls show that Americans favor efforts to keep guns from criminals and the mentally unstable. Expanding background checks and increasing penalties for trafficking are supported by nine of 10 Americans. Narrower majorities back curbs on assault weapons and ammunition.