Guns n’ Poses: More Candidates Are Hunting For Votes With Guns : NPR
Jesse Kelly, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, is wielding an assault rifle in his political ads. Russ Carnahan, a Democratic congressman from Missouri, is pictured in a home state newspaper pointing a pistol at a target. Lou Ann Zelenik, a Republican congressional hopeful from Tennessee, posted on Facebook a photo of her smiling as she gets in “a little bit of practicing” at a target range.
So far, 2010 “has been a big year for guns in political ads,” says Darrell West, director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.
Well, it is a scary world. And voters are looking for can-do leaders who can solve complex problems easily. But there is the question of whether a parade of politicians pictured with guns makes us feel safer, or even more frightened.