Anti-gun Candidates Exploit
Anti-gun politicians are scrambling to benefit from the Beltway
Just one day after vowing to avoid the gun issue as long as the
sniper is loose, Maryland gubernatorial nominee Kathleen Kennedy
Townsend proved herself a liar by shipping a new ad to Washington
TV stations that reviles her GOP opponent for voting against a ban
on so-called "assault weapons."
"In the 30-second ad, which is scheduled to begin airing today,
the camera pans over an array of militaristic-looking rifles, then
cuts to a man pulling a handgun out of his front pocket," the
Washington Post reported today.
An announcer tells viewers that Republican Robert Ehrlich Jr.
"voted against banning assault weapons and cheap handguns"
and received an F grade from the almighty Brady Campaign to Prevent
"We've got a killer on the loose, we have funerals taking
place, and she and her campaign have decided to put that to use
for their political gain. It's shameful," Ehrlich campaign
spokesman Paul Schurick told the Post.
Townsend's campaign says it rolled out the issue after left-of-center
Rep. Constance Morella, R-Md., began airing in Montgomery
County a radio ad in which anti-gun activist Sarah Brady hails
Morella for "stand[ing] up to the gun lobby." What that
has to do with the gubernatorial campaign is a mystery: Morella
is not running against Townsend.
Although the Maryland suburbs' anti-firearms laws have done nothing
to stop the gunman, pundits say the sniper attacks could propel
the foundering Townsend into the governor's mansion in Annapolis.
Maryland's two left-wing Democrat senators, Second Amendment opponents
Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski, have been milking
the crisis for photo opportunities.
Another anti-gun pol, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., wants
the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and stop the sale of
"military" rifles to Americans.
"There is no legitimate purpose for a military rifle than
to make war," Conyers said Thursday. "There is no reason
these rifles should be marketed to civilians."
And of course, the anti-Second Amendment
organizations are having a feeding frenzy.