Tuesday, July 01, 2008

lessons unlearned

haven't we seen this movie before?

democratic presidential nominee barack obama on the supreme court's heller decision, june 26:

"sen. obama has always believed that the second amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms and will uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners, hunters and sportsmen as president," said spokesman tommy vietor. "sen. obama also believes that we can work together to enact common-sense laws, like closing the gun show loophole and improving our background check system, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals."

ohio democratic representative tim ryan, june 30:

one pro-gun democrat in the house said the decision would actually help obama by clarifying that gun ownership is an individual right and further dissuading democrats from pursuing what has proved to be a political loser at the national level.

"it's a nonissue," said democratic rep. tim ryan, who represents a blue-collar youngstown, ohio-area district and has won the backing of the nra. "democrats have learned a lesson to not campaign on it."

the national rifle association, june 30:

the national rifle association plans to spend about $40 million on this year’s campaign, with $15 million of that devoted to portraying barack obama as a threat to the second amendment rights upheld last week by the supreme court.

... "we look forward to showing him 'bitter,'" [chris cox, head of the nra's political arm] said, referring to obama's statement this spring that some in rural america "cling" to guns and religion out of bitterness.

it's official: summer sequelitis is upon us. obama may be in an election even john kerry could win, but i'd rather not have to watch a rerun.

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