Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander today joined the list of Missouri politicians clinging to the hope that their love of all guns will get them elected this fall.
Kander, currently the secretary of state and an Army veteran, released an ad showing that he can put together a rifle while blindfolded.
His stated goal is to show that he knows his way around guns, unlike incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.
“I approved this message, because I’d like to see Sen. Blunt do this,” Kander said.
Gosh, how could The Daily Kos writers forget Eric Greitens, who won the Republican nomination for governor after releasing an early ad of him shooting guns, followed by an even more egregious example of how he can pull the trigger.
These ads just reveal that Kander, Greitens and too many others too often look like pandering politicians who think their ability to handle weaponry somehow makes them best-qualified to make decisions about tax policies, medical issues and hundreds of other topics that often are more important to the daily lives of people than the Second Amendment and gun rights.
The list of these panderers is long, but certainly includes the Republicans in the Missouri General Assembly.
On Wednesday, they overrode a good veto of Gov. Jay Nixon. The bill that now will become law allows Missourians to conceal carry guns with no training, no background checks and no permits.
Law enforcement officials across Missouri opposed the bill, as did Mayor Sly James of Kansas City.
Meanwhile, Greitens’ opponent — Democrat Chris Koster — is the one who actually got the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in their race. That’s because Koster (unfortunately) has toed the NRA’s line of shoving more weapons into the hands of Missourians and other Americans.
Yet as far as I could tell by mid-day Thursday, Koster hadn’t put up a high-profile political ad showing his dexterity at actually using these weapons.