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It seems cockeyed when delegates at one of our national parties' conventions cheer at a speaker's description of a weapon she used to carry. Wednesday night, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was talking about how her parents had started a security guard business when she was young. It was a small operation at first and at age 18 she was employed as a guard. "Now my dad made sure I could take care of myself. I carried a Smith and Wesson .357 magnum." The line drew lots of applause, even cheers. The transcript of her speech even left a pause for applause after the line. I worry about people who would cheer at that line. I know she was there to pump up the delegates as she introduced vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. And I know there are gun-control policy implications in the line and how it was delivered. It implied, however, that the delegates were celebrating the weapon and its inherent violence or "knock down power." Why didn't the governor and her speech writers turn it around to something like "I carried a gun. My dad made sure I could take care of myself." A young woman knowing how to take care of herself is something to cheer.


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JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM

AMEN webmeister, AMEN!

sebekm commented on Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Tough questions. A lot of times we see and hear what we want to - I do so myself even when I try to be aware and not do it. I expect that the Governor was telling the truth, and that she in fact "carried a Smith and Wesson .357 magnum." As you may know, that's the weapon of choice in many of the "Dirty Harry" films. We're supposed to find out tonight who the "mystery speaker" will be, but if it's THIS guy:

http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/clint...

(and this apparently is not a TOO well-kept secret) - then the line may have actually been a prop for upcoming convention festivities (i.e., Clint Eastwood).

I watched Governor Martinez' entire speech, and I was very impressed by the content and delivery. "Raw meat" is the order of the day at these conventions, so I expected all of the Dem-bashing contained therein. (Just wait until next week if you want to see the real meaning of NASTY.) I didn't attach any particular significance to the .357 magnum comment. My hunch is that they might have cheered just as loudly if she had said she had a concealed carry permit for a .22 and that her weapon would have to be pried "from her cold, dead hands."

I absolutely agree with your last sentence. It is unfortunate, but with chivalry on the wane and violence as prevalent as ever, everyone has to know how to look out for Number 1.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 16:13 PM
timeontarget commented on Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 18:00 PM

Her message kind of made my day.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 18:03 PM

Any of us who live near the border need to be prepared.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 18:18 PM

New Mexico and Arizona have been trying - but it seems like one of their main opponents is our federal government.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Dirty Harry's alzheimers like mumblings...made my day!!!

sebekm commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Yes - he did seem like he was past his prime, didn't he? According to the talking heads, his remarks were totally unscripted and not approved beforehand (or even suggested). He just "winged it." IMHO - a waste of time except for his "we own this country; politicians work for us; when they aren't doing the job, let 'em go" comment.

It reminded me that not all of the Joe Bidens in this country are Democrats.


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