Friday, September 21, 2007

Jim Geraghty: "Fred Thompson Wows 'Em At The NRA Convention"

A lot of bloggers were posting about Rudy Giuliani speaking to the NRA crowd. Here is a report on Fred's speech to the same bunch:

Going in, Rudy Giuliani was going to have a tall order to get a warm welcome from the NRA. Fred Thompson just made that harder by going up on the stage and giving a just about flawless performance.

He repeats the line about Americans sacrificing more blood for other countries' freedom than for any other country; I can't help but wonder if it's a jab at the Washington Post for critiquing it and arguing the Soviet Union might rival that claim.

He got a standing ovation at his finish, and then he did a brief Q & A.

"Some believe that the Second Amendment has different meanings in different places, and that the gun rights of citizens in, say, New York City and Chicago can restricted more than the gun rights of those in Tennessee and Montana. Do you agree?"

Thompson responds with a deep, rumbling, slow, "Noooope." Then he follows with absolute catnip for gun owners: "It's never seemed to me to be coincidental that the places that have the highest crime rates tend to be the places that have the most restrictions on gun ownership in America."

Read the rest at the link above.

One other thing about Fred and guns:

A Thompson Associate, noting Fred Thompson's appearance at an NRA conference Friday: "Fred Thompson got two invitations, one to speak as a presidential candidate, the other to attend because he's an NRA member. He's been one since 1994. How many of the other guys can say that?"

Win, Fred, Win

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