So why this particular push, why Levy/Cato, and why now?
It may not surprise you, dear reader, that Mr. Levy is politically active. He has given over $100,000 since 2008 to partisan political causes.
It also may not surprise you that Mr. Levy enjoys a cushy relationship with one Sen. Patrick Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania and co-sponsor of the Obama-backed Toomey-Manchin background check bill. Toomey even wrote the cover quote for Levy's book on bad Supreme Court decisions.
Would you be surprised to know though that 100% of Levy's $100,000 in giving has gone to bankroll Pat Toomey himself, or to the Club For Growth, a Republican Political Action Committee of which Toomey was president from 2005 to 2010?
LEVY, ROBERT NAPLES,FL 34108 CATO INSTITUTE 7/14/10 $90,200 Club for Growth Advocacy
LEVY, ROBERT NAPLES,FL 34108 CATO INSTITUTE 10/19/09 $5,000 Club for Growth
LEVY, ROBERT NAPLES,FL 34108 CATO INSTITUTE 7/1/08 $5,000 Club for Growth
LEVY, ROBERT MR NAPLES,FL 34108 CATO INSTITUTE 12/30/09 $4,800 Toomey, Pat (R)
LEVY, ROBERT MR NAPLES,FL 34108 CATO INSTITUTE 12/30/09 $2,400 Toomey, Pat (R)
And one of those - specifically the $90,200 check - was effectively a pass-through when Club for Growth was financing Toomey's bid for the United States Senate.
So if you're baffled by this latest stunt from a prominent leader in a "libertarian" organization, don't be. Levy's newfound love for gun control is just another incident in a long line of donations to Pat Toomey's Republican Party political career.