CNN has posted a Political Ticker entry trying to create a “gotcha” on 2nd Amendment supporter, Fred Thompson. CNN’s South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby has breathlessly announced that “Thompson does not have hunting license,” but the question is… so what? Do you HAVE to own a hunting license to be for the 2nd Amendment? Does Fred not owning a hunting license disqualify him as a gun rights advocate?
CNN just doesn’t get it. It’s quite possible to support the 2nd Amendment without owning or using a gun. I’m a member of the NRA, but don’t own a weapon, and hadn’t even fired one until earlier this year. (Thanks, Jeff!) Would this reporter also claim that you have to be a member of the press to support freedom of the press? I doubt it, and it’s a dangerous game he’s playing, since the example I just used would put 99+% of people opposing his freedom to make his living the way he does.
I guess I’m somewhat sensitive on this charge because it’s been used against me as well. When people find out that I’m a member of the NRA but don’t own a gun they look at me like I’m from Mars. When I simply explain that it’s because they’re right and the 2nd Amendment means what it says they get even more confused. Which I guess speaks badly of them and those who think similarly. It’s possible to support a position without having a vested interest in it. You can support something without it having any benefit to you. And people who don’t understand that are kind of sad. (Now, I never give to their Political Action Committee since I don’t control where the money goes. It could end up in the hands of someone I don’t support for other reasons. In fact, that’s why I don’t give to any PAC or party committee.)