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:
(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.
Now it's "confirmed":
New Mexico and Arizona have been trying - but it seems like one of their main opponents is our federal government.
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.