He’s right. So let’s start with Obama’s “Sportsmen” platform:
Barack Obama did not grow up hunting and fishing, but he recognizes the great conservation legacy of America’s hunters and anglers and has great respect for the passion that hunters and anglers have for their sport. Were it not for America’s hunters and anglers, including the great icons like Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold, our nation would not have the tradition of sound game management, a system of ethical, science-based game laws and an extensive public lands estate on which to pursue the sport. Obama recognizes that we must forge a broad coalition if we are to address the great conservation challenges we face. America’s hunters and anglers are a key constituency that must take an active role and have a powerful voice in this coalition
Um . . . no pandering there!
But why even have a “Sportsmen” policy if you get squirrely? From the “further reading” pdf, a jujitsu “robust defense” of the Second Amendment . . . as it applies to skeet shooting:
Millions of hunters own and use guns each year. Millions more participate in a variety of shooting sports such as sporting clays, skeet, target and trap shooting that may not necessarily involve hunting. As a former constitutional law professor, Barack Obama understands and believes in the constitutional right of Americans to bear arms. He will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport, and use guns for the purposes of hunting and target shooting.
Senator, no one gives a bison turd about skeets! Screw the stupid skeets! Let them explode like a clay pigeon! It’s the other part of gun ownership that people care about . . .
And what’s with his commitment to property rights and Western lands — it looks like it’s gonna let you ATV all over Yellowstone, until it makes a big 90 degree turn somewhere in the middle:
Because most land is privately owned, private landowners are the principal stewards of America’s land and water. As a U.S. Senator, Barack Obama has supported conservation programs that serve as a resource to landowners and assist them with sustainable environmental planning and best land management practices. As president, Obama will make the conservation of private lands a priority. He will fight to increase funding for the Conservation Security Program and the major set-aside programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, and Grasslands Reserve Program, so that rental rates can compete with rising commodity prices. Obama will direct the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior to place a special emphasis on restoration of habitat for important game species associated with specific regions of the United States, such as bobwhite quail and Eastern and Osceola turkey habitat in the South, ruffed grouse habitat in the Northeast, and sage grouse, mule deer, elk, and pronghorn antelope habitat in the West. Obama also supports the use of tax incentives and other financial mechanisms to encourage private landowners to restore and protect habitat.
Isn’t this basically stating the exact opposite of what the “Sportsmen” want to hear? This seems like a great debate tactic but an odd one to use on your own website . . . or does the campaign just not expect anyone to actually click on those pesky .pdfs?