Out in Arizona, Christine Jones, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor and a proud and happy gun nut has boasted that she routinely practices shooting with her eyes closed, just in case…
“Because chances are, if somebody attacks you, it’s going to be in the night.”
Wonderful. A supposed grownup basically admitting she likes to play cops and robbers in her head.
Look. I’m hardly a gun control zealot. If you’re a hunter, I’m with you, although if you need more than a one shot from a good deer rifle with a scope to bring down your buck you need to spend more time on the target range not go out and buy an AK-47.
If you own a store that’s open late at night in a bad neighborhood, I’m with you, although you’re safer not because you have a gun under your counter but because would-be robbers don’t know which stores in the neighborhood might have guns under the counter, so do you really need more than a sawed-off shotgun or a reliable automatic pistol with a standard magazine loaded with regular bullets and do you need to be able to buy one right this second?
And if you have a farm or a ranch and there are critters who regularly come poking around after your livestock, I’m with you, although again, a good rifle or shotgun’s all you need, unless the prowling critters are grizzly bears, then you should sell off and move.
But if you need a weapon or several weapons because---and I realize I’m about to describe most of the NRA’s membership these days---you’re thinking you’re going to have to re-enact a version of Red Dawn or the scene in A Christmas Story in which Ralphie imagines shooting it out with Black Bart’s gang and saving his family with his new Red Ryder BB gun, you’re either a child or you’re dangerously paranoid and deluded and not only are you unfit for public office you should have your guns and all sharp instruments taken from you and placed far out of reach.
You’ll shoot your eye out.
TBogg has the whole story at Raw Story.
FYI: Jones is far from the front runner and recent polls show her support slipping. This is cold comfort. After all, it’s Arizona and we’re talking about Republicans. I doubt any of the other contenders are even marginally better and whichever one wins the nomination will likely win the governorship in November.
Can’t help it though, I get a kick out of the fact that the race includes a Smith and a Jones.
Hat tips to Alan Colmes at Liberaland and Cliff Schecter. Which reminds me. I and plenty of others have observed that the NRA isn’t a gun lobby, it’s a Right Wing political movement. But Cliff has noted it’s also a lifestyle. Read his post at the Daily Beast, How The NRA Will Get You the Sexy Girl and Give You Your Schwerve Back.