I invited gubernatorial candidate Joe Hoeffel to share his views with CF supporters in a couple weeks…and to help us celebrate our Second Amendment rights. Now, he — along with others who want to be our Governor — is suggesting you and I are a bunch of knuckle-draggers.
I’m not kidding. When he was asked his thoughts on the Commonwealth Foundation’s upcoming LiveFreePA event on Saturday, May 8 at the Elstonville Sportsman’s Association in Manheim (register here), Mr. Hoeffel told Capitolwire, “These right-wingers have trouble talking straight, so I hope for safety’s sake, they can shoot straight.”
Hoeffel went on to say that our plan to fire rounds into a beat-up car bearing anti-freedom ideas “reflects the coarseness of political debate these days.” And that “it just does reflect their lack of respect for opposing points of view.”
How silly. Here’s what the awesome day we have planned for May 8 embodies: a healthy love for the right to keep and bear arms, and CF‘s habit of welcoming debate on the issues. It’s not our fault Mr. Hoeffel doesn’t have a sense of humor (or the courtesy to reject our invitation to come speak before bashing our event to a reporter).
The truth is that the opponents of our principles are the ones who refuse to engage in civil discourse about our pressing public policy problems. They know that their anti-freedom agenda is being rejected by the general public, so they won’t show up to public events like LiveFreePA and explain why they want to take away your rights and monitor your behavior, and then tell you and your family how to live your lives. Not only that, now they’re talking to the newspapers proclaiming how you should spend your Saturday on May 8th.
You know what? If I were a nanny-stater, I wouldn’t show up either. And I sure wouldn’t want you to come, have a good time, and show these politicians what gun safety and a sense of humor look like, and be encouraged to keep fighting for freedom. That’s why I hope you’ll join us May 8th to pump a few rounds (or fire a cannon…) into a beat-up car bearing anti-freedom policy ideas like “Government-Run Health Care,” “Card Check,” “Cap and Trade,” and other failed, wealth-redistributionist ideas.
And if you can’t join us, I hope you’ll consider sending in a contribution anyway. We’ll be sure to send Joe Hoeffel a big thank-you for helping make our LiveFreePA event a huge success!
Fighting for your Freedom,
Matthew J. Brouillette
President & CEO