USA Today reports:
Montana gunsmith Dan Cooper has been ousted as chief executive of the rifle company that bears his name after pressure from gun owners who are angry that he is supporting Democrat Barack Obama.
Cooper, founder and part owner of Cooper Firearms, told USA TODAY in a story published Tuesday that he has voted for Republicans for most of his life, but he is backing Obama “probably because of the war. And also because the Republican Party has moved so far right in recent years.”
Cooper said, “I don’t believe that what’s being said about Obama and his policies about guns are accurate. I have had a conversation with the senator … he is a stanch supporter of the right to hunt and the right to bear arms.”
The company posted a statement Wednesday night on its website that said:
“The employees, shareholders and board of directors of Cooper Firearms of Montana do not share the personal political views of Dan Cooper. Although we all believe everyone has a right to vote and donate as they see fit, it has become apparent that the fallout may affect more than just Mr. Cooper. It may also affect the employees and the shareholders of Cooper Firearms. The board of directors has asked Mr. Cooper to resign as President.”
Obama has repeatedly said that he supports the 2nd Amendment for individuals.
“It’s a really McCarthyism at its worst,” said Bob Ricker, executive director of the American Hunters and Shooters Association, which has endorsed Obama. “That’s really why our organization was formed, was to deal with this craziness. If you’re a gun owner, but you have a contrary view to some of these wackos, they will go out and try to destroy you.”
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, said in a phone interview that he was disturbed by the backlash against Cooper.
“It’s the silly season,” Schweitzer said. “There are people who have partisan interests here, and they are using the gun issue.
I agree with Schweitzer. These wedge issues that are supported by the Republican’s do nothing but incite and divide. Between guns, killing babies, and the common calls of socialism, Marxism, communism, “pallin’ around with terrorists,’ and the other lies being told, there is a great fear for the scary black man who would be president.
The most ironic part is that Obama is nowhere near as left leaning as many liberals would prefer. An Obama presidency would move our country back towards the center from where the ultra right-wing crazies have taken it over the last eight years.
Potentially losing your livelihood isn’t the only thing you have to look forward to.
Digby reports that two popular right-wing bloggers are suggesting taking a different tact towards Obama supporters (and possibly non Obama supporters). Their suggestion?
I’ve been thinking. If Obama is elected, maybe in lieu of a tip I should leave a note like the following:
HOPE AND CHANGE FOR AMERICA: Spreading the Wealth Around.
In lieu of a tip, $_____ has been donated to the Re-Elect Obama for President Campaign. Thank you for supporting the man and the movement that are bringing America together!
If enough people leave notes like this, I’m sure it will galvanize waitpeople everywhere in support of The One!
Stiff the wait staff when you go out to eat. They don’t need those tips anyway, do they? Lovely.
By the way, this was written by a forensic psychologist. Her husband is a law professor. Oh, those compassionate conservatives!