Yesterday, Cara DeGette at Colorado Confidential appears to have been handed what she must have thought was a "bombshell." She called it a "screed..."
According to [ Bob ] Schaffer's 2000 screed (bold emphasis added):
...but needs to check her dictionary for the proper use of that word. At 264 words, the document is neither long, nor monotonous. Recall that she gets paid for what she writes so we expect better.
We had our usual fun with Ms. DeGette. One would think that Mark Udall would learn to request that someone else write this stuff, but who are we to insist on that? Truth be told, we like creating word pictures, especially ones where the the olfactory organs come into play.
We haven't the least idea why Cara DeGette would think Bob Schaffer's 2000 campaign document would be a bombshell. Several folks we know looked at what Bob Schaffer's 2000 campaign wrote and said "huh?" about her conclusion.
We all thought that for the most part, Bob Schaffer could run on that document again in 2008. It would need updating, but the thoughts are solid and timeless.
Take one of the four points that DeGette especially disliked and put in bold letters. It compares the Democrat's attitude on guns with the Republican's in a most effective way:
Republicans defend gun rights. Democrats point guns at 6-year-old Cuban kids."
Of course, the "Democrats point guns at 6-year old Cuban kids" refers to Elian Gonzolas whose mother perished trying to escape from Cuba. Janet Reno ordered him returned to his father in Cuba and the Federales were non too gentile in executing that order. The photograph became famous.
Contrast that with two factoids from the last week: Yesterday, March 13th, the folks at the New Life Church discussed church security with about one hundred pastors and church officials from around Colorado. New Life Church is famous for many things, most recently as the church where a gunman killed two sisters before he was shot down by an armed security guard
When asked if he was unhappy that he had to have armed guards in his church, the pastor observed that if he hadn't had an armed guard present, he would have been holding dozens of funerals. The Gazette quoted him:
The senior pastor of the Colorado Springs megachurch where a gunman killed two teenage girls in December said Thursday that all places of worship should have armed guards.
Speaking before a forum on church security hosted by New Life Church, the Rev. Brady Boyd said he recommends that "every church to have armed security in place."
More churches will have armed volunteer security guards, but some will not. Why a pastor would be incautious enough to announce that fact is beyond us:
Harlan Else, a pastor at Fellowship of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, came to the forum to gauge the adequacy of security at his church, which averages 500 parishioners on a Sunday.
"I'm all for doing anything to make the church a more secure place," he said.
Else, however, drew the line at having an armed guard on the premises. "I don't think we're ready for that yet," he said.
In another story this week, Republican El Paso County sheriff was quoted as saying about the growth of concealed carry permits:
[ Stan Maketa ] said he is not concerned about the growing number of legally armed people in the county. In fact, he said he believes law-abiding citizens make the region safer by getting the permits.
"Actually, I wish it was a higher number, because I know from experience that offenders in the jail system tell me they avoid crimes against people because they know there is a very high concealed-carry rate," Maketa said.
One of the dirty little secrets of the 2006 campaign is that the Democrats bamboozled a number of Republican voters into voting for Bill Ritter because he claimed that he would build shooting ranges throughout the state and because he would protect "hunter's rights." So far, there doesn't seem to be money for shooting ranges and Bill Ritter's record on guns more closely matches his earlier gun control stance than any expansion of rights.
Hopefully, that bleeding of Republican gun owners votes won't happen again with our liberal friend from Boulder, Mark Udall.