Bill Clinton offers to shoot NRA member
BILL CLINTON has a word of warning for Democrats
Clinton said that passing the 1994 federal assault weapons ban “devastated” more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers in the 1994 midterms — and cost then-Speaker of the House Tom Foley (D-Wash.) his job and his seat in Congress.
“I’ve had many sleepless nights in the many years since,” Clinton said. One reason? “I never had any sessions with the House members who were vulnerable,” he explained — saying that he had assumed they already knew how to explain their vote for the ban to their constituents. . . .
He said that he understands the culture that permeates a state like Arkansas — where guns are a longstanding part of local culture.
“A lot of these people … all they’ve got is their hunting and their fishing,” he told the Democratic financiers. “Or they’re living in a place where they don’t have much police presence. Or they’ve been listening to this stuff for so long that they believe it all.”
He has a word for the Democrats:
“Do not be self-congratulatory about how brave you for being for this” gun control push, he said. “The only brave people are the people who are going to lose their jobs if they vote with you.”
And then he added this oddity, in which Bill seems to recognise the power of the gun:
Clinton also recalled threatening to veto a bill as Arkansas governor that would have prevented the city of Little Rock from instituting an assault weapons ban.Clinton said that an National Rifle Association lobbyist threatened him over his veto in the state house, saying that the group would cause problems for his upcoming presidential campaign in rural states like Texas.
“Right there in the lobby,” Clinton said. “They thought they could talk to governors that way. I knew I was getting older when I didn’t hit him,” Clinton said. Clinton recalls telling the NRA lobbyist, “If that’s the way you feel, you get your gun, I’ll get my gun and I’ll see you in Texas.”
When the NRA lobbyist threatened to cause trouble democratically and legally -w hen he spoke to the elected rep – Clinton offered to shoot him?
The gun debate is making America look inconsistent and not all that in favour of civil rights, democracy and free speech…
Photo: U.S. President Bill Clinton carries the two ducks he bagged on an early-morning duck hunting trip near Cotton Plant, Arkansas, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 1995, as he walks with hunting partner Dr. Drew Kumpuris, a Little Rock doctor. Referring to critics who said his crime bill was the first step toward gun control, the President said, “Contrary to what people heard in the last election, we’re all still hunting and nobody’s lost their guns.” Date: 03/01/1995