Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gone public with a long love affair — usually not a moment politicians relish. Perry, however, could not continue to live a lie and publicly announced that yes he has had an affair starting in childhood with . . . guns. This was no ménage à trois with Messrs. Smith and Wesson, but all guns.
This is the one love affair that politicians are free to acknowledge. You may recall John Kerry parading around with a shotgun in a much ridiculed photo op.
Perry fessed up before going on a hunting trip with Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa: “As long as I’ve got memory, I’ve had something to hunt with. It was a long love affair with a boy and his gun that turned into a man and his gun, and then it turned into a man and his son and his daughter and their guns.”
He is not alone. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan announced her new found love for hunting this week.
It is hard to blame Perry. After a long day on the campaign trail, it is hard for any man to stare into the barrel of a nickel-plated .38 and not feel lost in its dreamy high-caliber, metallic appeal. As soon as you think you are over it, some cute Deringer with an ivory handle falls into your hands. You want action” Try the breech-locking and firing mechanism of a Beretta with an articulated front trigger. It takes a man of stone to look away when some weapon enters the room with bifurcated lumps and an inlaid butt. After all, even if you are ballistically monogamous, how can you resist advertisements from Smith and Wesson promising “Five-Screw – Four Screw – Three Screw” multiple action plus “Peep Sights.”
He is not alone, it appears, with even liberals like Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan revealing a love for hunting this week.
[In the interests of full disclosure, I have a love for skeet shooting and own a shotgun. I also have a fascination with guns, particularly historical weapons due to my interest in military history]