Obama and Clinton Face Off Over Guns

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“She is 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.”

That’s Barack Obama discussing Hillary Clinton’s gun rights support in the wake of the Illinois senator’s recent comments on bitterness and voters who cling to such things as guns. Obviously, Obama finds Clinton’s gun support and tales of hunting to be disingenuous.

Clinton’s sudden love affair with hunting deserves some mocking. But it’s telling that Obama is more interested in pointing out his opponents’ insincerities than he is in defending gun rights himself. That’s fine. I appreciate that he’s no lover of guns and that he’s not going to pander on the issue. But at the same time as he’s mocking Clinton, he still wants us to believe he was just talking about “traditions” when he said bitterness over poor economic times makes people cling to guns (among other things).

I really don’t think he can have it both ways. He can’t claim Clinton is being disingenuous on the issue of guns while he wants us to believe he finds guns as part of some worthwhile tradition. Even if Clinton is pandering on the issue, pro-gun Democrats will have a hard time believing that Obama understands them or will look after their interests.