by Max Brantley
It's early, but I'd nominate this for the stupidest news release of the season so far. Republican Beth Anne Rankin, a Republican candidate for 4th District Congress, used Dave Elswick's platform on Radio K-NUT to announce she has a concealed carry permit. But don't ask her if she's packing. She's not going to divulge sensitive info like that.
Rankin, to date, has had to compete with opponent Tom Cotton's flogging of his Army experience in the Middle East, so I guess she had to do something to prove her somethinghood.
Jeez. Surprised she hasn't already updated her Facebook page with several photos of her fondling large shooting irons.
Last time I got a copy of the concealed carry list, Cotton wasn't on it, but it's been a while. I suspect he knows how to handle a weapon. Can't conceal what he's gripping in one of his Facebook photos. Perhaps a target shoot is the way to decide this race.
RANKIN NEWS RELEASE
RANKIN ANNOUNCES CONCEALED HANDGUN CARRY LICENSE
Media Contact: Grant Wallace
Phone: (870) 904-5271
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
LITTLE ROCK, AR- Congressional candidate Beth Anne Rankin of Magnolia announced today on the Dave Elswick Show on KARN that she now has an Arkansas Concealed Handgun Carry License.
Rankin has taken the concealed carry class and demonstrated her proficiency with a firearm in order to receive this license from the Arkansas State Police.
“I understand the awesome responsibility of carrying a concealed handgun. It is a tool to be used only in a life-or-death situation,” Rankin said. “It is better to have a gun and not need it than to need it and not have it.”
Growing up on the Rankin family farm near Magnolia, firearms were a part of everyday life.
Rankin said: "I learned at a very early age that the late Charlton Heston was right when he said, ‘There's no such thing as a good gun. There's no such thing as a bad gun. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a very dangerous thing. A gun in the hands of a good person is no danger to anyone except the bad guys.’”
Rankin is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, a proud gun owner and a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.
“The Founding Fathers thought the right to bear arms was so important that it was included in the Bill of Rights immediately after freedom of speech and religion,” she said. “They understood that the American Revolution would never have happened without citizens who owned their own firearms. Americans will always defend their right to keep and bear arms. As I have said many times, the government will never disarm the Fourth District of Arkansas.”
Don’t bother asking if Rankin is carrying a concealed weapon at any given moment.
“I will never comment on whether I am carrying a firearm at any particular moment because it is always a deterrent to crime when those who would commit violent acts have to wonder if their potential victim is armed,” Rankin said. “People legally carrying a concealed weapon cause an unsafe work environment for criminals. That’s the way it should be.”