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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