Nice try, but Carrie Budoff Brown’s spin at Politico is not going to cut it with 2nd Amendment advocates and NRA members. For the last few days, Conservative247’s featured post informed readers of Obama’s clear position against concealed carry laws. Since his interview in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on April 2, I’ve been waiting to see what the campaign’s response would be.
Despite the fact that concealed carry laws do not result in Wild-West shootouts – or more crime for that matter – Obama is on the record stating that he does not think citizens should be allowed to carry concealed. When I read about “A-rated” NRA Democrat congressmen in Pennsylvania and leaders at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence agreeing that Obama is a quality supporter of the 2nd Amendment, something is wrong; very wrong.
So what the heck is going on? In retrospect, it may be a stroke of political genius. Chad Ramsey, associate director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence likes Obama since he does not think concealed carry is a good idea and he wants to bring back some sort of ban on assault weapons. Both laws do nothing to reduce crime. Nothing.
But what about the A+ rated Democrats in Pennsylvania? Brown’s article seems to indicate that 2nd Amendment advocates in the Democrat party are feeling good about Obama’s position on the subject.
The campaign has asked gun rights advocates like state Rep. Dan Surra, a Democrat from rural Elk County with an “A+” rating from the NRA, to form a coalition of supporters who can vouch for Obama.
“It is clear out there that I am for Obama, and they have reached out to me as a sportsman and a gun owner,” Surra said Thursday. “There has been an outreach to pro-gun legislators, pro-gun people who are sympathetic to Obama’s message.”
The campaign sent an e-mail this week to the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, saying it would “appreciate all sportsmen taking time to learn the facts: Our candidate strongly supports the right and traditions of sportsmen throughout Pennsylvania and the United States of America.”
There is no way a Democrat can get an A+ rating from the NRA if they are not a supporter of a citizens right to carry; at least not in my book.
Not once in Brown’s piece on Politico does she mention Obama’s negative view of citizens who want to carry personal weapons for protection when they are away from home. Remember his quote from last week…
“I am not in favor of concealed weapons,” Obama said. “I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations.”
So what would those A-rated NRA legislature members say if we ask them about supporting Obama’s position against concealed carry?
The Brady organization wants all handguns banned with rifles and shotguns taken apart, locked up until a hunter wants to go hunting. That’s their opinion of the 2nd Amendment, is that also the opinion of Democrats like Surra who may step up and vouch for Obama on the subject?
April 7 Update: Malkin picked up on this exact subject today.