On March 6th Senator Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought a gun to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). McConnell carried a rifle onto the stage and handed it to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).
According to the National Journal, McConnell’s moment with Coburn and the rifle gave him a chance to get something he did not get much of during his “five minutes on stage,” namely, applause.
McConnell was sending two messages with the rifle:
- It was a gun, and conservatives are looking for politicians who will fight for gun rights.
- Coburn is “a hero among fiscal hawks,” and McConnell wants to be a favorite among them as well.
McConnell is currently seeking his sixth term in the U.S. Senate.
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