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January 30, 2014 - 2:35 pm

So the other night, this would be Tuesday while the majority of the Texas political press were locked out, the Wendy Davis campaign thought it would be a good idea to make their candidate look more “badass.”

This is the unfortunate result.

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Holding a firearm and looking good isn’t generally a difficult thing to do.

Say what want about Ann Richards, and I was certainly no fan, but at least she knew how to hold a shotgun without looking silly. She looks pretty beast here. She looks like someone who brought down a few birds in her time.

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Sarah Palin has no trouble pulling off the effective shotgun shot.

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Greg Abbott also had no trouble with it on this Texas Monthly cover.

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Wendy Davis, on the other hand, joins fellow Democrats whose photo ops that were intended to make them look cool, didn’t.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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She looks as if she's worried that the shotgun might just go ahead and start randomly shooting people. All by itself. Like all "assault shotguns" do.
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No, Wendy has obviously no knowledge of guns, and she was not the one to open the action. Look at the fingers of her right hand. This is not the way someone comfortable with firearms holds a gun. Also she seems to be attempting to hold the weapon with both hands as though the action was closed and locked; it's not. If someone has personally checked the breech, and determined there are no cartridges chambered, there is no need to keep the action open. Davis apparently does not know this.
33 weeks ago
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OMG.... how sadly awkward.

The poor thing has no clue how to handle that firearm and I'd really like to know what genius thought handing a novice a firearm in a crowded banquet room was a great photo op. I teach firearms disciplines to 8 year olds who don't look that uncomfortable at the end of their first 2 hour lesson.

Between her playing the "Texas gal" card (something that would land any man in deep stink) and this stunt, I can only think these are genius ideas by the out of staters with OfAs Battleground Texas to give Wendy a good ole girl makeover.

Not a good way to try to impress Texas women who really do work hard for a living and handle firearms regularly!
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If I may, and apologies to Gridley...
I've been taught in many settings that you keep the action on a firearm open unless you need it ready to shoot, or perhaps in storage. In the images above, other than Mrs. Palin firing, the action should be open. All the more when the firearm is over the shoulder and nearly level, Mr. Abbott -- highly questionable muzzle control.
Mrs. Davis -- how odd that she divorced but kept her second ex's name -- looks as comfortable as W.C. Fields holding a baby. People who dislike firearms should choose other props.
33 weeks ago
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I agree on Abbott's photo and wouldn't have approved it's printing. There's too many cool ways to do that image with better results, even then, his body language conveys that he is clearly comfortable handling his firearm from a wheelchair which creates its own challenges.

The best marks I can give it are that it was obviously taken on a closed control set. There is no such thing as an unloaded firearm.
33 weeks ago
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No apologies necessary. In fact, I've been taught the same thing; It is a matter of courtesy to anyone present who has not had an opportunity to inspect the breech of the firearm.

But when posing with a break-action firearm, it's only necessary that you personally inspect the breech to make sure there is no cartridge present. You may then close the action, and hold the weapon in a more natural stance. If you are going to use a firearm as a prop, it only makes sense.
33 weeks ago
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Mebbe she thought it was "The Slow Joe B Magic Pre-Twenty Week Abortion Tool"....
33 weeks ago
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Well, at least she hasn't got her finger on the trigger, and isn't pointing it at anyone....


Hey, gotta give somebody some credit.....

33 weeks ago
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I'd argue your second point..... those venues are crawling with people in the backstage, side stages.... even up in the air on the riggings.
33 weeks ago
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Halloween politics. Time to put the costumes on and pretend to be somebody else.

It lasts a few months every two years.
33 weeks ago
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What genius? Same genius that has been thinking up all of the moronic actions by that campaign.
33 weeks ago
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Good lord, she looks like an idiot.
33 weeks ago
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Well, there's a reason for that, Robin.

;-)

33 weeks ago
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It's not the same gun (as the one Richards is holding).
33 weeks ago
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Chuck Heston kept his shotgun broken, even when he shouldered it.
33 weeks ago
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No he didn't. "Shouldering" a shotgun means bringing the butt up to one's shoulder, as in aiming, and preparing to fire it.

But Charlton Heston was often pictured carrying a double barrel shotgun draped over one shoulder with the action broken open. That's a different matter than "shouldering" a shotgun.
33 weeks ago
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And holding it broken open is common practice among real shotgunners.
33 weeks ago
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Yes, it certainly is.

But not in the manner Miss Wendy is holding the shotgun in the two pictures of her. I suspect these were posed by a photographer who was also not familiar with the way real shotgunners normally hold shotguns.
33 weeks ago
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She's got such a way with that gun, just like Hugh Laurie with the baby in Sense and Sensibility :-)
33 weeks ago
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She looks as if she's worried that the shotgun might just go ahead and start randomly shooting people. All by itself. Like all "assault shotguns" do.
33 weeks ago
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You forgot BHO's pansy bike helmet and first pitch photos.
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