Kerry Busted: Waving Gun he Wanted Banned!

Kerry gun ban woopsJohn Kerry is getting hoisted by his own petard after posing with a semi-automatic shotgun — replete with “pistol grip” — that he co-sponsored a ban against in “The Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2003.”

Matt Drudge, usually a dubious source of news, seems to have put Kerry into a dilemma with photos of Kerry proudly waving the shotgun — a gift from supporters while visiting Racine, WV. Adding insult to injury, Kerry’s proposed bill would have banned such gift transactions, yet Kerry did not wait for a background check or comply with his own suggested waiting period.

Remember, do as we say, not as we do.

UPDATE: Drudge is a douchebag.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Kerry is apparently a douchebag-in-training. Drudge still top douchebag.

» UPDATE: Kerry’s Gun, Nuts [Wonkette]

Stephen VanDyke

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  1. Um, that’s not a pistol grip, and I can’t be 100% sure, but I’d venture to say it’s not a semi-automatic either.

  2. (42) PISTOL GRIP- The term `pistol grip’ means a grip, a thumbhole stock, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.

    You may be right, but the wording is very loose here: any other characteristic. I’d venture to say that a rusty pipe could be a pistol grip in this bizarro definition of grip.

    Either way, don’t you find it hypocritical that a guy who’s interested in banning guns based on language that plays fast and loose with our Second Amendment is more than happy to wave one for a photo-op?

  3. It is a semi-automatic – Remington Model 11-87. I don’t agree about the definition. It’s not as precise as I would want it to be, but it doesn’t outlaw semi-auto shotguns with stocks. Sure it says “any other characteristic”, but it’s “any other characteristic that can function as a grip.” A grip is not a stock. I’d argue that the inclusion of something as specific as thumbhole stocks in the definition defends this interpretation.

  4. You’re probably right, Drudge isn’t exactly the bastion of journalistic integrity, and for me to defend him would be laughable.

    However, I still stand by my assertion that it’s hypocritical to try and ban weapons one year and then wave them around like a good ole boy the next for political gain.

  5. That gun is legal and available at Wal-Mart. There is no hypocrisy in embracing sporting guns while supporting police in their efforts to ban military assault weapons.