The West Wing has done it again! Am I referring to its Emmy wins?
No, I'm talking about its one-sided portrayal of political issues. In a
tactic going back to Galileo, the writers of The West Wing present only
the barest, poorest arguments to their ideological beliefs in an attempt
to convince watchers that their point of view is the only one that makes
In the latest episode, the writers concoct an imaginary situation in
which a legally concealed weapon used to stop a mass shooting at a church
in Texas is instead directly responsible for the wounding (and later
death) of a 9 year-old girl. Which follows, not surprisingly, are the
typical left-wing arguments against concealed carry. Though the Vice
President claims to support gun rights (being a Texan himself), not a
single argument is presented in the show to back up his "belief". "Why do
they have to be concealed?" the President asks. "I don't know," the Vice
Prez answers. Maybe so that not only will weapon snatches be avoided, but
also so that everyone can benefit, since criminals know that some
people are armed, they just can't be sure who. Why "shall-issue"
instead of "may-issue"? Maybe because giving that kind of arbitrary power
in the hands of some anti-gun law enforcement officials ends up meaning
that no one, no matter how deserving or needful, will get one.
But I wouldn't expect reasoned and intelligent opposition to leftist
opinions on this show about a Democratic administration penned by
left-wing writers and producers.