Today, as President of the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA), I announced our endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Because the gun issue has recently become a factor in the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania, I want to share the remarks I made today:Yeah, right...I'm only sorry the AHSA isn't close enough to spit on. Read Republican Michiganer's take on these weasels.
As a gun rights organization we have not come to this decision lightly. We were formed two years ago because our research shows that millions of gun owners wanted a change. They 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. We reached out to the Obama campaign several weeks ago to offer our support and approval as was reported by Paul Bedard of US News and World Report. We believe recent attacks on Senator Obama's stand on the 2nd Amendment and his commitment to our hunting and shooting heritage are unfair and American Hunters and Shooters Association is stepping up to set the record straight.
This from the new frontier, Open Carry:
PROVO, Utah — For years, Kevin Jensen carried a pistol everywhere he went, tucked in a shoulder holster beneath his clothes.Interestingly enough, I got "made" by a cop for carrying a gun on Sunday, after my long bike ride. As usual, I had my Ruger LCP in a SafePacker on the bike. When I finished the ride, I slipped the SafePacker onto my belt and covered it with a "Stunt Women's Association of Motion Pictures" t-shirt. Whe I walked into one of Boulder's hippie restaurant/microwbreweries, there were three guys sitting at the center table who just screamed "LEO!" They were all by themselves...the hippes having migrated to other tables.
In hot weather, the holster was almost unbearable. Pressed against his skin, the firearm was heavy and uncomfortable. Hiding the weapon made him feel like a criminal.
One evening he stumbled across a site that urged gun owners to do something revolutionary: Carry your gun openly for the world to see as you go about your business.
In most states, there's no law against that.
Jensen, 28, decided to give it a try. A few days later, his gun was visible, dangling from a black holster strapped around his hip as he walked into a Costco. His heart raced as he ordered a Polish dog at the counter. No one called police. No one stopped him.
The main guy saw y SafePacker and did an honest-to-goodness double-talk, just like in the cartoons. He did everything but point and then jump up and scream "GUN! That madman has a gun!"
I did what you should do in such a situation...I ignored him and took a seat where I could watch him out of the corner of my eye. Twice he started to get up and his friends talked him down. Had he come over, I would have: 1) Introduced him to my Sweetie, the attorney
2) Mentioned to him the definition of "concealed" in Colorado law
3) Engaged him in a spirited discussion of that old devil probable cause
He ate his burger and split, and the hippes were none the wiser...