WHAT OTHERS SAY: Politicians hunting for votes

Saturday, October 13, 2012 | 3:20 p.m. CDT

Politicians are hunting for votes this fall. Naturally, that also means they are trying to arm themselves with images as real, big-game hunters. Or some such nonsense.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster recently received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. He immediately touted it, saying, “As attorney general, my job is to protect and defend the rights of all Missourians — and this includes their right to bear arms.” Amen to that. Thank goodness there hasn’t been a serious effort to take guns away from Missourians in, oh, decades.

Koster was the only Democrat in a statewide race to get the NRA’s blessing. Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, secretary of state nominee Shane Schoeller and state treasurer nominee Cole McNary also are backed by the pro-gun group.

The group made no endorsement in the governor’s race, ignoring Democrat Jay Nixon’s photo-op penchant for hunting and fishing.

U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin also has the backing of the NRA for his pro-gun views during his time in the House of Representatives. In recent months, though, with his “legitimate rape” remark and other gaffes, Akin has been more successful in shooting himself in the foot than bagging a lot more voters.

Copyright Kansas City Star. Reprinted with permission.


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