As usual, the NRA endorsed a Republican candidate. But in an unexpected move that no one saw coming, the American Hunters & Shooters Association has endorsed Barack Obama.
Senator Obama has clearly demonstrated his commitment to the 2nd Amendment.
His support of the Vitter amendment to HR 5441, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill of 2007, is particularly telling. This amendment prevents the Government from confiscating guns in a time of crisis or emergency. Senator Obama's vote demonstrated a fundamental understanding of the meaning of the 2nd Amendment which means he recognizes the individual right of all citizens to keep and bear arms.
In addition, Senator Obama's commitment to conservation and protection of our natural resources and access to public lands demonstrates to us his commitment to America's hunting and shooting heritage.
Senator Obama will be a strong and authentic voice for America's hunters and shooters and it is with great pleasure that we endorse his candidacy.
It often slips by that Obama graduated from Harvard Law and was the selected to be the frst black president of the Harvard Law Review. Not to mention that he taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago. I think if there's one guy that's going to stand up for your Constitutional rights, it's this guy.
There is some controversy as to whether this group is legitimately pro-2nd Amendment, but the quote from their wiki page sums up their view the best:
"Because the gun issue has recently become a factor in the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania, I want to share the remarks I made today... [Millions of gun owners] not only wanted an organization that would protect their gun rights but an organization that was also committed to the protection of their communities as well as the protection of our lands."
The "communities" part is the most important, IMO. Obviously, what is sensible in rural South Dakota isn't necessarily what is sensible in downtown Newark.
What's perhaps a bit more amusing is the Rednecks for Obama group. A great quote from one of the group's founders:
"I don't care about his beer, I care about his intelligence. We've had many democratic presidents, and we will still have our guns. He is brilliant. And he's not an elitist, though he has the education to be."
Well said, Tony, well said.
And if you are still asking yourself "just who is Barack Obama?" then check out this Youtube video.
The kids are too damn cute.