I’ll be honest here: After the Florida debate I really started liking Mike Huckabee. I think he gave a good showing and certainly seems sincere.
It was rather pleasing to me that he placed #2 in their text messing poll too.
So, with that, here’s Mike Huckabee’s official page on the 2nd amendment:
The Second Amendment is primarily about tyranny and self-defense, not hunting. The Founding Fathers wanted us to be able to defend ourselves from our own government, if need be, and from all threats to our lives and property.
Well, I’m certainly in agreement there. This is pretty close to the Ron Paul message.
Second Amendment rights belong to individuals, not cities or states. I oppose gun control based on geography.
I consistently opposed banning assault weapons and opposed the Brady Bill.
I’m not sure what particular “Brady Bill” this is, but whatever it was, opposition to it had to be good.
As Governor, I protected gun manufacturers from frivolous law suits.
Not sure how, but thumbs up on that one.
I was the first Governor in the country to have a concealed handgun license.
Rather trivial, but again, thumbs up on that one.
What, did you think I was going to try and tear the guy down? Nah.
While at the local gun show this Saturday a fellow asked me what I thought about Huckabee and my response was something along the lines of, “Well, I really don’t have anything against him. I think he’d be a decent candidate but he’s just not pulling in the campaign funding like Ron Paul is. See, Huckabee’s goal for October is about 1 million dollars, Dr. Paul is shooting for 4 million and as of today he’s already around 2 million.” At that point another Paul supporter said something, distracted the guy, and the conversation was over.
Bummer. I’d have like to chatted with him more He had already stated that his first choice, Brownback, dropped out, so this was certainly a guy willing to entertain the long-shot candidates out there.
The only thing I had heard about Huckabee earlier was from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Forward to 2:35 for the Huckabee bit, unless you want to watch Jon Stewart make fun of Giuliani for a bit. If you’re here, you’ll probably just want to watch the whole thing.
Now, to borrow a line from Alan Jackson, I talk to Jesus, and I talk to God, but the thought of angels guiding my bullet to an antelope makes me a bit uneasy. It’s not that I have an issue with hunting, I don’t, it’s just that think a good clean killing shot has more to do with bullet selection, powder charge, optics, shot placement, distance, that kind of thing.
At this point I’d say that Huckabee is my #2 choice. I’m aware that there were some corruption issues when he was governor of Arkansas discussed in this article which doesn’t sit well with me, but I’ll take that over a Romney or Giuliani right now.