This bit of news regarding a Kaine supporter trying to set up a booth at a gun show (!) recently comes to us from VABiker.net.
I predict ol' Tim will soon be seen on channel 5 out in a field shooting a goose. It worked for John Kerry, right?
Believe it or not, Tim Kaine's campaign had a table at a gun show last weekend.
No, I'm not kidding.
Here are the facts:
While Attorney General Jerry Kilgore has been a staunch supporter of our right to keep and bear arms, receiving an "A" rating from the NRA in 2001, Lt. Governor Tim Kaine has been just as strong in his attempts to restrict our rights. As the Mayor of Richmond, he even tried to use taxpayer money to pay for city buses to transport gun control advocates to the Million Mom March in 2000. However, learning from Al Gore's defeat in the 2000 presidential election, Kaine changed his tune when he ran for Lt. Governor in 2001 - saying that he "supports the Second Amendment and the right to hunt and
fish." He even said recently that the Million Mom March "was not his thing." (Tim Kaine speaking on WLNI Radio in Lynchburg, May 3, 2005). The NRA however knew Kaine's real record and gave him an "F" rating in that election while Sarah Brady and the gun-ban lobby endorsed Kaine.
FACT -- "Kaine is perceived even within his own party as well to the left on such hot button issues as gun control." ("Kaine kicks up campaign" Richmond Times Dispatch, November 4, 2004)
FACT -- "Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, the presumptive Democratic nomimee, is a talented public servant, but on a couple of litmus tests -- gun control and the death penalty, for instance -- he comes up red when Virginia turns out blue."(The Virginian-Pilot, 5/18/03)
FACT -- In 2001, the NRA rated Democrat Tim Kaine a "F" candidate (2001 NRA Political Preference Chart) , while the gun ban lobby known as the Brady Campaign said "Tim Kaine is the clear choice. As Mayor of Richmond, Kaine was a strong supporter of strengthening Virginia gun laws."(11/1/01 Brady E-Action Alert)
FACT -- Tim Kaine and the Richmond City Council ordered a legal opinion on the possibility of suing gun manufacturers. (The Richmond Times Dispatch, 3/14/99) (link)