Posted by: Jay | April 18, 2008

The NY Sun Goes Easy

In this piece, the NY Sun characterizes Barack Obama as a ‘friend’ of gun control, but the Sun misses a few easy targets. For example:

Mr. Obama has sought to emphasize his support for the rights of gun owners in recent days, following the uproar over his comments at a San Francisco fundraiser that small-town Americans “cling” to guns and religion because they are “bitter” about economic woes. He announced the endorsement this week of the American Hunters and Shooters Association, a moderate gun rights organization, and at the debate he highlighted the “tradition of gun ownership that’s passed on from generation to generation.”

Emphasis mine. Calling the AHSA a “moderate gun rights organization” is like characterizing the Son of Sam as a “two bit criminal.” The AHSA is an anti-gun front group. Nothing more. Say Uncle has loads of links and evidence in this entry right here. If there’s one thing anti-gun politicians and pundits have been able to do is to convince a good portion of the country that if you hunt, then your position on gun control must have some worth. It’s nonsense. John Kerry is a hunter. Paul Begala, Clinton’s former aide is an avid hunter. Just because somebody hunts doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a strong defender of the second amendment. Hunting has nothing to do with the second amendment.

Towards the end, we get some insight from a former Brady Campaign employee:

With the increased clout of the National Rifle Association and its state affiliates in recent decades, gun control groups have largely turned to more narrowly defined and strategic measures rather than sweeping prohibitions, such as a handgun ban. “We haven’t pushed what I would call an extreme agenda,” a former Illinois field director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Jennifer Bishop, said. She said Mr. Obama was helpful to the group’s agenda, which she described as mostly “defensive” in trying to stop efforts by the gun lobby to restrict law enforcement and expand the rights of gun owners.

“I would not characterize him as this big anti-gunner. He’s not,” Ms. Bishop said.

You know what she sounds like in saying that Obama is not a big anti-gunner? She sounds like the mother who declares her violent thug son to be a “good boy” no matter what trouble he gets into. And of course they don’t say they have an extreme agenda. Their agenda is not big sweeping legislation anymore because they know it will never fly. So they work via piece meal. Attempting to get their extremist agenda implemented incrementally.

Related: Ducks Happy To Learn Second Amendment Is Not About Them

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Responses

  1. “You know what she sounds like in saying that Obama is not a big anti-gunner? She sounds like the mother who declares her violent thug son to be a “good boy””

    Oh brother, if that isn’t a loaded statement sheesh.

    Jay you are so steeped in ‘purity’ of purpose that I’m not sure what would satisfy you.

    I believe in the second admendment’s right to bear arms… but not for 10 year olds. Am I a back slider?

  2. What I am saying is that Jennifer Bishop is in denial. Obama’s record speaks for itself.

  3. […] According to Jay, who says: Calling the AHSA a “moderate gun rights organization” is like characterizing the Son of Sam as a “two bit criminal.” The AHSA is an anti-gun front group. Nothing more. […]


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