Larry Pratt of the Gun Owners of America is a gun nut. For those who don't know, he and his crew think the NRA is too soft--and that's saying something. But recently, he revealed something else. He's OK with our lawmakers having to worry about some yayhoo shooting them.
On Sunday, Pratt dropped by WLW in Cincinnati to have a chat with Bill Cunningham--whom you may know as the guy who warmed up a crowd for John McCain by finding nearly every way in the book to insult Obama and Hillary. Pratt mentioned that the right to keep and bear arms is supposed to be a restraint against government abuse--and used the occasion to tell a story about a congresswoman who admitted she was afraid that a GOA member lobbying her would pull a gun and shoot her where she stood.
Cunningham: Larry Pratt of Gun Owners, why does the media have such a bias against the Second Amendment?People for the American Way got a clip at SoundCloud (sorry, it won't embed).
Pratt: They, I think they might understand what it’s real purpose is. And its real purpose is to serve as a restraint on government abuse. And since they want to be involved in government abuse, they kind of take it personally, I think. The Second Amendment is intended for people just like them – or perhaps we could say, like Piers Morgan – those who were born to rule and we were born to be ruled. And for us to have guns kind of upsets that order of things that they think ought to be. So I think they take it very personally.
I was told of a conversation that one of our members had had with a member of Congress. And he was lobbying on a gun issue, but he was, I knew the guy well enough to know that almost certainly he was mild-mannered, he was just explaining our position. And apropos of nothing, the congressman – congresswoman, actually – said, ‘You want to shoot me, don’t you.’
Well, that’s probably a healthy fear for them to have, even though that’s not the guy’s – he wasn’t saying anything about that, it wasn’t in his demeanor. But you know, I’m kind of glad that’s in the back of their minds. Hopefully they’ll behave.
Apparently it suits Pratt and his ilk just fine to have our lawmakers living in fear of being shot. They may call this being patriotic--but saner people call this domestic terrorism.