We’re talking black helicopter territory here. A mail piece from a paranoid right wingnut gun advocacy group (no, not that one) arrived in our mailbox yesterday:
Hey, wait a minute, who is that guy on the mailer?
Doesn’t look like quite the same as the person we photographed in Iowa this summer:
Why, he looks like he’s having a good time.
Then there’s this, from the second presidential debate this week (excerpt from a rush transcript):
….Candy Crowley: Governor, if I could, the question was about these assault weapons that once were banned and are no longer banned. I know that you signed an assault weapons ban when you were in Massachusetts. Obviously with this question you no longer do support that. Why is that, given the kind of violence that we see sometimes with these mass killings? Why is it that you’ve changed your mind?
Mitt Romney (r): Well, Candy, actually in my state, the pro-gun folks and the anti-gun folks came together and put together a piece of legislation, and it’s referred to as an assault weapon ban, but it had, at the signing of the bill, both the pro-gun and the anti-gun people came together because it provided opportunities that both wanted. There were hunting opportunities that hadn’t previously been available. It was a mutually agreed upon piece of legislation. That’s what we need more of, Candy. What we have now in Washington is a place that’s gridlocked.
Candy Crowley: If you could get people to agree to it, you would be for it?
Mitt Romney (r): We haven’t worked on a bipartisan basis. I was able to do that in my state and bring these two together.
Candy Crowley: Mr. President?
President Obama (D): First of all, I think Governor Romney was for an assault weapons ban before he was against it. He said the reason he changed his mind was in part because he was seeking the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. So that’s on the record. But I think that one area we agree on is the importance of parents and the importance of schools because I do believe that if our young people have opportunity, then they’re less likely to engage in these kind of violent acts. We’re not going to eliminate everybody who is mentally disturbed, and we’ve got to make sure they don’t get weapons, but we can make a difference in terms of ensuring that every young person in America, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, have a chance to succeed. And, Candy, we haven’t had a chance to talk about education much, but I think it is very important to understand that the reforms we put in place working with 46 governors around the country are seeing schools that are some of the ones that are the toughest for kids starting to succeed. We’re starting to see gains in math and science. When it comes to community colleges, we are setting up programs including with NASSAU community college to retrain workers, including young people who may have dropped out of school but now are getting another chance, training them for the jobs that exist right now, and in fact employers are looking for skilled workers, and so we’re matching them up. Giving them access to higher education. As I said, we have made sure that millions of young people are able to get an education that they weren’t able to get before….
Mitt Romney (r) was for an assault weapons ban before he was against it? Oopsie, it looks like somebody backed the wrong presidential candidate.