2008 Praising the NRA
posted by September 21 at 9:56 AMon
It’s that time again… The Republican presidential candidates are at a big NRA conference today, trying out-gun each other.
A look John McCain’s turn at the mic:
The first of six presidential candidates to address the group, Mr. McCain highlighted his opposition to the ban on “so-called assault weapons” and his efforts to shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits accusing them of being liable for violent crimes.
“My friends, gun owners are not extremists. You’re the core of modern America,” he said to several hundred N.R.A. members at a Washington hotel today. “The Second Amendment is unique in the world and at the core of our constitutional freedoms.”
As Mr. McCain shifted his speech to the war in Iraq, he was briefly interrupted by anti-war protesters who were rapidly escorted out of the ballroom after one of them was doused with water by one audience member.
After the protesters were removed, Mr. McCain said: “We beat you yesterday. We beat you the day before. We’ll beat you today … We won’t choose to lose this conflict.” He was met with loud applause.