The photo that emerged last week of the senior senator from Minnesota pawing the breasts of a sleeping woman was heinous but not unfamiliar. Nor was the mugging grin on Al Franken’s face as he grabbed her or his initial response that he was trying to be funny. Sexist jokes have long been considered acceptable in American culture — and not only acceptable but funny in a way that a certain sketch comedy show perfected.

Second Amendment advocates who regularly stress the need to enforce existing gun laws rather than forging new laws should welcome Republican Sen. John Cornyn’s Fix NICS Act, which proposes to do just that. Crafted in the wake of the Nov. 5 Sutherland Springs massacre that claimed the lives of 26 people, coldly struck down as they worshipped in church, this bill would bolster efforts to see federal and state authorities comply with existing laws and accurately report criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).


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