We have a moment of candor from a gun control advocate quoted in the Times at the conclusion of a discussion of Joe Biden's latest attempt to ban assault weapons:
Ms. Feinstein plans to reintroduce the assault weapons bill with a more inclusive definition, banning even those with just “one or more military characteristics.” It identifies 120 guns by name whose manufacture and sale would be banned, and it would outlaw certain modifications used to bypass the last law.
Mr. Kaufman acknowledged that actually banning guns was difficult. As soon as one gun is outlawed, another pops up. But he argued that symbolism itself was important. “You send a message,” he said, “when you don’t do anything.”
They are not getting their comedy from the late Andy Kaufman; that is "former Senator Ted Kaufman of Delaware, a longtime Biden adviser who was appointed to fill out his term". And the message Dianne Feinstein and Joe Biden want to send is to their fundraisers and financial backers, who need to see their pet politicians Doing Something. Damn the polls, full speed ahead.