Jeff, you got that right. It seems like we only get one Mencken at a time; today's is, IMHO, Vin Suprynowicz, http://www.infomagic.com/liberty/vinyard.htm
He dumps on the victim disarmers every bit as hard as ol' H.L., and is nearly as funny. Man, Mencken could write.
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and thus clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -- H.L. Mencken