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Ted Strickland thinks you’re an idiot…

…especially if you happen to be a gun owner.

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland came out today to tell gun owners that to protect their 2nd Amendment rights, they need to vote for Barack Obama. Yes, he actually said that. Take a look:

But when Romney started running for president six years ago, he decided it was time to join the NRA. He even admitted that he did so merely to get the group’s blessing. I earned an “A” rating from the NRA by being an actual defender of the Second Amendment; Romney tried to sneak in the back door. …

I’d put President Barack Obama’s record up against Romney’s any day. The president has made clear that he supports and respects the Second Amendment, and through three years in office he’s done exactly that. The NRA may not always agree with the president, but the American people know where he stands.

A president needs a steady hand – like a marksman. Romney’s certainly not the latter, and his record of pandering and misleading us on the subject is one of the many reasons he’s unqualified to be the former.

First off, it’s pretty hilarious that the Obama campaign sent Ted out to attack Mitt Romney, and that everyone KNEW that he couldn’t criticize him on what the election will really be about: JOBS. Having presided over the loss of 400,000 jobs in just 4 years in Ohio, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to know that that wouldn’t fly.

Further, Ted’s self appointed title as a defender of the 2nd amendment is a joke. He claims that Mitt Romney talks gun rights just to get votes? This is the guy who got himself an endorsement from gun groups in 2010, but then as soon as he lost his reelection to John Kasich, abandoned them and then slapped them in the face. First, he promised to sign a pro-gun that had passed the Ohio Senate, but then did NOTHING while then Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish, a fellow Democrat, kept the bill stalled in committee. Recall our post back then on what he did next:

But it’s Strickland’s appointment to the Ohio Supreme Court that was a full-on moon to the NRA and Buckeye Firearms Association.

In mid-December, Ted Strickland appointed his running mate, Yvette McGee Brown, to the highest court in Ohio.

Yvette McGee Brown received an F from the NRA.

What do F’s mean? “True enemy of gun owners’ rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners’ rights and/or actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation.”

And this is the person Ted Strickland deems most qualified to interpret and rule on Ohio’s gun laws.

So, who do YOU trust to advise you who to vote for to protect your gun rights? The National Rifle Association, who gave Barack Obama an F? (Read this for the true Obama gun agenda) Or a 1-term governor who turned his back on gun owners once they couldn’t help him anymore?

This NRA Life Member knows which. Add this stunt to the list of reminders we will have for the NRA and BFA if you come seeking their endorsements again in 2014, Ted. Gun owners have long memories. And we aren’t stupid.

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