Not to fan the flames of gun control hysteria
that seem to have driven some Nashvillians into fits of assault rifle purchasing, but this just in from Politico
: One teensy-weensy little question on the job app for Obama administration appointees asks about gun ownership. But in politics, nothing is ever teensy-weensy. The NRA is predictably throwing a shit-fit. One Republican senator is talking about legislation to prevent discrimination based on gun ownership. Wow. That got outta hand fast.
Obama's transition team says the question exists solely to ensure appointees are within the letter of the law. Here's the question:
“Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.”
Honestly, that is sort of a fishy question. I scoff at jobs that demand pee tests, much less a job that asks whether anyone in my immediate family owns a gun. Seems like a bit of a blunder. Some folks in rural states are already stockpiling weapons for another round of Clinton-esque policy. Why a question that obviously stokes those fears was added to the application is beyond me.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said perhaps it was Cheney's itchy trigger finger that prompted the weird addition. After all, it might be wise to know if any prospective appointee has ever, say, shot a hunting partner. For a new president trying to avoid bad publicity, that's something he might wish to know.