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Has anyone else noticed how incredibly lame the Kerry/Edwards team are at rebuttal? Drudge has the official Kerry response to the shotgun flap yesterday, and it’s painful to read. The issue is that Kerry was brandishing a semi-automatic shotgun he was given by a supporter, a model that Kerry himself tried to outlaw through federal legislation.

The Kerry campaign response? “The facts are clear. John Kerry opposes banning this gun and always will. John Kerry was proud to receive this union-made gun at the United Mine Workers Labor Day picnic in Racine, West Virginia.

“The Republican Party and George Bush’s campaign will stop at nothing to mislead voters about John Kerry’s record.”

Excuse me? Did you say Kerry “opposes” (present tense) the ban and “always will?” (future tense)? That’s it? That’s your answer? Why don’t you just say “Yeah, he tried to ban it but got his butt kicked and now is desperately trying to avoid the gun issue completely?”

Better still is the claim by Kerry’s campaign that, while he was trying to ban shotguns, he was also “support[ing] Second Amendment gun rights.” So if you’re a supporterof the Second Amendment who wants to take away your uncle’s shotgun, you’re a Kerry supporter.

Sheesh. I’m a stinkin’ REPUBLICAN and I could write better rebuttals for Kerry than this.



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