One of the regrettable consequences of the political class’s obsession with gun control legislation (despite the American public not considering guns a significant problem) is that it encourages people and publications that otherwise aren’t political into sharing their oblivious opinions on the matter. Such is the case with a November 5th column on the website of Runner’s World magazine. Nestled on a front page that includes an article on “How Pumpkins Can Help Your Running” and a video titled “Power Yoga for Runners” is a piece by track athlete Nick Symmonds calling for a ban on handguns and popular semi-automatic rifles.
Attempting to pander to those who actually value their rights, Symmonds starts off the column by boasting, “I love my Second Amendment right.” Symmonds then spends the remainder of the paragraph channeling Bill Clinton and John Kerry by listing his hunting bona fides as pro-Second Amendment credentials.
Later on, Symmonds proposes a legislative “compromise” that would “[b]an assault rifles and handguns for everyone except police and military personnel.” Under his proposal, Symmonds would graciously “allow responsible citizens to own rifles and shotguns,” as “[r]ifles are for big-game animals, [and] shotguns are for birds.” Nowhere does Symmonds entertain the notion that firearms have legitimate, constitutionally protected, self-defense applications.