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From Annie Clinton to Buffalo Barack

In weighing in on the president’s recent assertion not that he plays golf regularly, but that he shoots all the time (“Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time”), one need only replay Barack Obama’s own skepticism circa 2008 on Hillary Clinton’s similar assertion of her own gun-toting pedigree: “Shame on her. Shame on her, she knows better. She’s running around talking about how this is an insult to sportsmen, how she values the Second Amendment, she’s talking like she’s Annie Oakley! Hillary Clinton’s out there like she’s on the duck blind every Sunday, she’s packin’ a six shooter! C’mon! She knows better. That’s some politics being played by Hillary Clinton. I want to see that picture of her out there in the duck blinds.”

Aside from the fact that those who shoot “all the time” (presumably not a recently acquired habit) do not claim that one uses a “six shooter” in a “duck blind,” why do politicians (cf. John Kerry’s ducks) shoot rarely but talk about it often, while playing golf often and talking about it rarely? Yes, I know the old rule: anytime liberal politicians brag about shooting guns, they are probably trying to ban some of them.


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