With the general election being less than 6 weeks away, candidates for legislature are ramping up their advertising to let Oklahomans know just how different they are from their opponents. You’d think that would be difficult for two candidates who happen to be straight, white, conservative, self-proclaiming Christian males hailing from Eastern Oklahoma. But Tom Stites is certain there is something that sets him apart from his republican rival.
A Democratic state congressional candidate in Oklahoma has challenged his GOP rival to a shooting match to see who is better suited to support Second Amendment rights, The Tulsa World reported.
Tom Stites, a Democrat from Sallisaw, said in a video posted last week that Republican Jim Olsen “is (not) a real gun guy.” Both men are running for Oklahoma’s vacant seat in House District 2, which is located in the eastern part of the state.
“I’m sick and tired of being told as a conservative Democrat I can’t be pro-life or pro-Second Amendment,” Stites said, according to The World. “I think that if you talk guns, you had better be ready to back it up. So let’s go shoot it out on targets and see who wins.”
Man, I can’t think of anything worse than being told you can’t be a Democrat AND pro-guns or pro-life. Except maybe being told that you don’t have the right to choose what happens to your own body or knowing that we live in a world where people can acquire a firearm before their brain is technically fully developed. But I understand the need to prove to Oklahoma voters that you are as conservative as they are. But why did Stites choose to challenge Olsen to a shooting contest, of all things?
“My opponent was born and raised in New York and moved here eight years ago,” Stites said. “We need to know if he really knows guns.”
Stites, an NRA member, has offered his farm for the potential shooting event. He suggested the event could be a vehicle for a charity fundraiser and organized by off-duty law enforcement officers, gun dealers, and local NRA members, The World reported.
Olsen has called the contest unnecessary, saying there that the two candidates were not running “to be the sniper of Sequoyah County, but we are running for state representative.” He has not responded directly to Stites advertisement, according to The World.
Yeah, a shooting contest may be a great way for Eastern Oklahomans to see which candidate can best represent the district. But does it really determine which candidate would best fit the job as an Oklahoma lawmaker? For that, we would have to hold contests to see how many Oil Overlords have bids on their souls or who can most creatively twist a Bible verse to justify discrimination.
Hayley also has her handgun license. Maybe that qualifies her to represent House District 2. Follow her on twitter @squirrellygeek