Mitt Romney, Shootist

Mitt Romney, today:

“I believe in the Second Amendment, I’ll protect the Second Amendment, I have guns myself. Not going to tell you where they are. Don’t have them on myself either, alright.”

Mitt Romney, 2007:

During a virtual debate with the Boston Globe in 2007 Romney said, “I have a gun of my own. I go hunting myself. I’m a member of the NRA and believe firmly in the right to bear arms,” to which the interview corrected him, “Ah, excuse me, but isn’t that son Josh’s gun?”

Romney responded, “Um, well, yes, but so what? He has several guns out at our vacation place in Utah, and I use them from time to time.”

ABC News, late today:

UPDATE at 5:30 p.m. ET: A campaign spokesman says Romney has two shotguns.

Glad that’s settled. At least until the next update.

Romney Says He Owns Guns – But Does He? [ABC, via Political Wire]

On that basis alone, I’d be a better Republican than he is. I bet he has those $3,000 + handmade Eye-talian shotguns for upland bird hunting, clays and skeet.

@redmanlaw: What does he use to keep the help in line?

@Walking Still:

Threatens to tie them to the roof of the car and go for a drive. ;)

Is that another absurd claim in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

He likes to shoot ‘varmints’. oz he’s just like you and me. I. Whatever.

There is a lesson here: all you out there enamored of the English aristocracy and the whole upstairs/downstairs meme should bear in mind that Romney is like an intelligent and socially aware version of a baronet or peer. He’s almost our version of prince Charles, a flaming monster of ignorant priggish futility. In a pinch I bet that Mitt would give you the magic underwear off his bad: Charles would merely hoot down his nose.

@redmanlaw: /Real Republicans are reloaders … like to see Mittens try that.

I can still sing the theme song to “Have Gun, Will Travel.”

@Dodgerblue: I can remember the song too. Richard Boone/Paladin was infinitely cooler than any of the other TV cowboys. Now when I happen to catch a rerun I can see that unlike most of his contemporaries his character tried to avoid violence. Paladin was clearly a bad influence on me.

@redmanlaw: Nothing in the lexicon says Dems can’t reload … the practice is, after all, recycling. I would do it if I had weapons ….

@blogenfreude: Pity you can’t reload .22. That would be an interesting side-hobby (note: I need more hobbies approximately in the same way I need holes in my head).

Economics lesson: Are you a fan of Weeds and if not why not? Here’s an outtake from Season 7 Episode 4 that explains why there’s been a glitch in the supply chain. Hey, it could happen to any international enterprise, right? That’s a problem with outsourcing manufacturing overseas, taking away from American jobs of all sorts.

Bring those jobs back to America, including those suggested by the title of the video, tho I fail to see how those could be done by shipping them overseas.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress seem to be interested only in jobs for themselves.

@Dave H: richard boone/paul newman in hombre:
based on the book by elmore leonard. one of the best westerns ever made.

i was a HUGE fan of Yancy Derringer, with his silent Indian sidekick (who carried a sawed-off shotgun under his serape). Every day after (grade) school i’d rush home to watch. Man, those were the days. I liked Palladin too.

having just spent weeks in nyc i got to experience “weed delivery” my niece lives there and knows the ropes. she made a phone call and 20 minutes later there was a knock on my hotel room door. a young man toting a back pack unloaded some wares. we purchased 2 big vials with the cutest stickers on them! we chose “platinum kush” and it was pricey and yummy. then there was the 250. fee the hotel charged for smoking in the room. worth it. it was a marvel, truly.

/thank you so much for your offer Bloggie, you’re the best.

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