Statement from Bob Barr on Mike Huckabee’s remarks at NRA National Convention

From the Bob Barr 2008 Presidential Committee:

Bob Barr, former Member of Congress from Georgia and current candidate for President for the Libertarian Party, today issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Mike Huckabee’s recent remarks at the National Rifle Association’s National Convention:

“Mike Huckabee showed incredibly poor taste when he joked about a gun pointed at Senator Barack Obama. His words were reckless, callous and harmful to the sports men and women of America and to those of us who fully support the Second Amendment.

“Every candidate for public office inflames the passions of people who fervently disagree with them. To suggest, as Governor Huckabee did, the misuse of a fire arm toward a political candidate is reckless. His attitude toward proper, legal and safe use of fire arms was demeaning to all of us who advocate the right to bear arms. His reprehensible use of a threatening and violent scenario involving a firearm at the NRA’s National Convention was beyond belief.

“I call on all supporters of the Second Amendment and all supporters of civil discourse in our political races to demand a public apology from Governor Huckabee.”

63 Responses to “Statement from Bob Barr on Mike Huckabee’s remarks at NRA National Convention”

  1. NewFederalist Says:

    Good for Bob Barr! Stupid attempts at jokes about guns are just… stupid!

  2. David Weigel Says:

    This is framed well: This was more insulting to gun owners to anything else. How dumb to you have to joke - AT THE NRA - that NRA members would shoot a presidential candidate on sight? (Much less a black candidate.)

  3. Gene Berkman Says:

    Good for you Bob Barr! Many people I know are all too afraid that Barack Obama will be shot, either before or after the election. Mike Huckabee was a loose cannon at the NRA!

  4. Fred Church Ortiz Says:

    It doesn’t help that the Huck’s an alleged preacher, and was in the middle of railing against a comment that disparaged both religion and guns.

    Way to fan the flames of hatred, funny man.

  5. John Lowell Says:

    The only thing wrong with Bob Barr’s comment about Huckabee’s typically brainless and offensive remark is his equally brainless and offensive remark about so-called “sports men and women of America”. To call people that kill animals for entertainment “sports men and women” when “butcher” or “psychopath” is to be preferred is as outrageous as calling our support of the Lebanon aggression in 2006 “peacemaking”. With every revelation you disgust, Barr!

  6. Karlene Says:

    Huckabee is an ass for his attempted humor. He MUST apologize to Obama and the American public for his asinine AND VERY IMMATURE comment.

  7. David F. Nolan Says:

    Hey, Barr is not my #1 choice, but his statement was timely and well-crafted. Good to see him take on Huck the Schmuck!

  8. Terry Bevels Says:

    This is a common behavior of the class ilk of the over-privileged. Huckabee is just a symptom and not an end-all in the political arena. The worst part of this fiasco is that the general voting population will never hear of this. The people who do not listen to the radio or use the Internet.

  9. Jonathan Says:

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-brmail773sbmay17,0,6852757.story

  10. Granny T Says:

    Huckabee’s stupid attempt at a joke was not a rehearsed. He was in the middle of a speech and was interrupted by a loud noise. Barr should keep up with the news a little more. Huckabee’s apology was posted on his website and reported on all the major news networks yesterday. Is there anyone that has never said anything they wish they wouldn’t have? Huckabee just proved that he is human just like the rest of us. Sometimes his remarks are right on. The only Perfect Man that walked on this earth was, “Too smart to run for public office.”

  11. Terry Bevels Says:

    Smaller government is a complete joke. Whoever believes in a candidate that espouses smaller government is just fooling themselves. Even the so-called Conservatives that espouse smaller government only do so in regards to if it benefits themselves or their supporters.

    Smaller government is a hoax of the aspiring politician.

  12. Laura Says:

    Huckabee’s comment proved that Huckabee is not ready for prime time. His political career should now be over.

  13. DrGonzo Says:

    I don’t think he should be forced to apologize. The man can say what he wants. Thats called free speech. It wasn’t put there to defend popular things.

    If he wants to apologize thats fine, but forcing someone to apologize is stupid.

  14. Fred Church Ortiz Says:

    “Huckabee’s stupid attempt at a joke was not a rehearsed.”

    With that delivery, it better not have been. If you look at the tape, he stops halfway through the joke. Like a lost child at the fair, Huck struggles for an answer to the conundrum he put himself in. He had a good couple seconds to spin it somewhere else, but went for the gaff anyway.

    Wasn’t there a noise off-stage-turned-joke at the last NRA thing too? I’m pretty sure last time it led to a Hillary in Bosnia comment, but I might be confusing the venue.

  15. Fred Church Ortiz Says:

    “If he wants to apologize thats fine, but forcing someone to apologize is stupid.”

    What’s this force nonsense? I don’t see anything here that implies we have to hold Huck down and make him say uncle.

  16. Stefan Says:

    Truly a well crafted and sincere statement. It may not only attract support from NRA and gun-owners, but also from minorities as well as people from the left of the political spectrum, in any case respect from every serious politician. If McCain would chose Huckabee as VP, as is strongly rumoured, Barr may even be able to siphon more votes from Republicans and Independents, or how is it, McCain/Huckabee would siphon off even less votes from Barr-? (Ruwart? Gravel? Smith? Kwiatkowski?) than would have been the case otherwise!

  17. Expose Chuck Geshlider Says:

    Before this debate gets any funnier, Chuck Geshlider is wanting to be Barr’s VP nominee.

    www.chuckgeshlider.com

  18. Richie Says:

    I have to agree with Barr on this. Huckabee has a problem with dark humor. He’s joked about committing suicide, shooting people who don’t voting for him, and slashing people’s tires that don’t vote for him.

  19. Rich Allen Says:

    What short memories people have. Gov. Huckabee received almost 45% of the minority vote in his last run for Governor in Arkansa. He was the only major candidate who attended the black presidential forum, he was the only one who said we had to take Obama’s Pastor’s comments in the contest of racial discrimination of the past. He fought to break racial barriers in the Southern Baptist church. He appoligized immediately.
    Gov. Hucakbee is a class act.

  20. Conservative Chick Says:

    I’m not surprised at Barr’s negative comments about Huckabee. He has written articles slamming him. He’s obviously envious of Huckabee’s following and grassroots support and will take any opportunity to discredit him.

  21. wheelers grampa Says:

    Why would 2nd amendment supporters be listening to huckabee speak anyway?
    Because the NRA has always been very mediocre in its support for the 2nd amendment?

  22. David K. Williams, Jr. Says:

    John Lowell said, inter alia, “To call people that kill animals for entertainment “sports men and women” when “butcher” or “psychopath” is to be preferred is … outrageous …”

    Hey, John, I’m Dave. you can call me Butcher or Psychopath. Animals are tasty.

  23. glenn Says:

    It’s a case of “trying too hard”. Too much public speaking + too great a need to be funny = Sooner or later a big mistake. This is a big one.
    (close to Mr. Huck sitting down and talking Jesus with the Copeland shyster-used car salesman guy).
    Apology or not, this man is done. Too bad. He had and has alot of good that will go to waste. I feel for him. He will be forgiven by most but he will not live these words down for many years. If he had only said, “Osama Bin Laden….”

  24. darolew Says:

    A concise and relevant press release from Bob Barr—and one that didn’t mention “conservatives”. Not bad.

  25. disinter Says:

    I have to agree with Barr on this. Huckabee has a problem with dark humor. He’s joked about committing suicide, shooting people who don’t voting for him, and slashing people’s tires that don’t vote for him.

    He has also told his flock to pray for the death of his opponents… namely Ron Paul.

  26. Fred Church Ortiz Says:

    “He has also told his flock to pray for the death of his opponents… namely Ron Paul.”

    No problem, my God’s better than his. I’m on it.

  27. Catholic Trotskyist Says:

    And God said, “HEAR O ISRAEL, O MY PEOPLE, GLORY UNTO MIKE HUCKABEE, FOR HE HAS DONE MUCH TO ADVANCE THE MOST HOLY OBAMA REVOLUTION. THROUGH HIS GIFT FOR DARK HUMOR, HE ALONG WITH JOHN EDWARDS HATH TAKEN THE NEWS MEDIA ATTENTION OFF THE RODHAM’S VICTORY IN THE SATANIC STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA, AND GIVEN MUCH SYMPATHY UNTO THE GREAT GENERAL OBAMA.” This is even more reason why Clinton should run on a ticket with McCain as the anti-God, neocon ticket, and Obama should run on a ticket with Huckabee, as the pro-god, moderate/socialist/Christian fusion ticket. This would be a great reconcilliation indeed. Amen. Hopefully, Bob Barr will get much support from this statement, however. He will cyphen off votes from McCain, and then Obama will illegalize hunting and destroy the Second Amendment, amen.

  28. John Lowell Says:

    Dave,

    “Hey, John, I’m Dave. you can call me Butcher or Psychopath. Animals are tasty.”

    Hey Dave, you’re a butcher and a psychopath, how’s that. And as for tasty ….

  29. Roberto Says:

    Enough is enough already! You can’t tell me there isn’t a one of you out there that hasn’t uttered something that you immediately regretted! Huckabee IS a class-act and apologized before the day was done….have any of the other candidates apologized for their inappropriate choice of words??? If you’ll think back a few weeks ago…you might remember Huckabee was the only Republican who told the hate-mongers and saber-rattlers to give Obama a break when “reverend” Wright’s fiasco was surfacing. Huckabee is admired and held in very high regard by millions of blacks AND whites and we, who have read about him and his life and followed him for the last 1-1/2 years know him well enough to determine that this won’t deter our belief in him AT ALL!! Now, let’s all get on with the more important issues at hand!

  30. TERRY HOLTZ Says:

    “”To call people that kill animals for entertainment “sports men and women” when “butcher” or “psychopath” is to be preferred….”“”

    Please. Get this arm chair environmentalist out into the woods. Or at least a link to an article on apex predators.

    I don’t hunt but if the deer don’t stop killing my trees, I just might start.

  31. redfish Says:

    The reason Huckabee’s joke was in bad taste was because there is sensitivity about the idea of Obama being assasinated. But the reaction to his joke is an example of the sensitivity. There’s no reason to believe Huckabee was doing anything other than trying to make a cute jibe at the NRA members. Its right to say its bad taste, its wrong to think Huckabee was implying Obama should be harmed.

  32. Phillip Rhodes Says:

    What does the NRA have to do with the 2nd Amendment?

  33. John Lowell Says:

    I don’t hunt but if the deer don’t stop killing my trees, I just might start.

    Atta guy, Terry, you just get right out there and show ‘em who’s boss. That’ll fix ‘em. Make sure you do your war whoops first though. It’ll help convince you that you’ll really the man the facts just haven’t been able to evince all these years. And make sure to wear that special dual peaked cap, that’ll guarantee you an honest shot at schmuck of the year. That’s you goal, eh?

  34. Michael Seebeck Says:

    Phillip Rhodes is right, it’s just the liberal NRA. It’s not like we’re talking about a gun group that actually advocates for the Second Amendment in its proper form after all (meaning NO gun laws, period, not enforcing the current ones as the NRA tends to do).

    Now when they start to advocate repealing NFA ‘32, NFA ‘68, Brady Bill, et al., then maybe they’ll be up on par with GOA and JPFO.

    NRA has members, but they have no real message.

  35. Brent Burk Says:

    I saw the video, I didn’t really find it offending. I’ve heard Huckabee say worse things.

    But maybe I don’t know Jack.

  36. John Lowell Says:

    David K. Williams Jr.,

    What, no reply, David? And after all that I’ll-show-em bravado? Can we add coward to the list of descriptions we’d started for you. I’d bet we could.

  37. George Dance Says:

    Mr. Lowell: Maybe you can convince Mary Ruwart or George Phillies to put out your comments on Bob Barr as a press release of their own. They’re certainly on the lookout for new anti-Barr material. “Phillies calls Bob Barr and gun owners psychopaths” would certainly get the man some attention; and Ruwart may find it even more appealing than her “Bob Barr wants to invade Colombia” remarks.

  38. John Lowell Says:

    George,

    Oh, I don’t know that we could say that gun owners, as gun owners, are psychopaths. Seems to me perfectly sound to have a gun on hand at home to defend yourself against intruders. Its their wanton use in blood sport that I find utterly unconscionable. Anyone claiming moral agency for themselves that finds enjoyment in the death of a innocent creature is, in fact, psychopathological.

    I come from what I like to call the Josef Stalin school of animal protection, George. Truth be known, I wouldn’t be troubled at all seeing people with the attitudes of, say, a David Williams Jr., for example, imprisoned and beaten mercilessly so as to develop what we might call a “clearer understanding” of the issues involved. They’d then be free to submit themselves for “voluntary” sterilization.

  39. Kholter Says:

    Opportunist!

  40. Peter Orvetti Says:

    Micah Sifry has a piece in Sunday’s Washington Post about Barr’s possible impact:

    www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/16/AR2008051603464.html

  41. Clark Says:

    ..i get a hoot out of these goddamned fool ‘christian’ republican huckleberry apologists!..

    ...stooooooooooooopid huckleberry ‘christians,’ it was jesus the forgiver, the compassionate, the peacemaker..

    ..not jesus the fighter pilot, the commando, the special ops corpsman..

    ...and remember in church tomorrow, you cretinous republicrat fucks, that jesus preached ‘turn the other cheek,’ ‘thou shalt not kill,’ etc…

    ...heck, even moses preached only, ‘one eye for one eye!’..

    ...yet you phony ‘christian’ huckleberry republicretins appear unsatiated after some 50 muslim/arab/persian eyes for one ‘western eye’..(you do the math, you monstrous goddamned republican fools!) (a good math exercise for the phony ‘libertarian’ ?’christian’ barr too!) ;o)

  42. G.E. Says:

    WHATEVER!

    More PC neoconish liberalism from Barr.

    Who gives a fuck what Huckabee said? Not me.

    Calling for “public apologies” is a neocon/liberal tactic. Just call Huckabee a degenerate socialist and be done with it. There’s no amount of apologizing that’s going to fix Huckabee.

  43. ShadowOutlaw Says:

    Bob Barr is definitely not my preferred candidate, but this shows class. Calling people out for mistreating your opponent is a very mature thing to do. We don’t see it often enough, certainly not in politics. He’s garnered a few points with me.

  44. Dan Says:

    Wake up Barr, Huckabee apologized last night. For you to put on a statement today saying he should apologize when he apologized last night shows how lost you are.

  45. disinter Says:

    Fun blog of the day:

    Things Younger Than John McCain
    http://www.thingsyoungerthanmccain.com/

  46. disinter Says:

    “Much is made about Barr’s libertarian voting record in the US Congress. Yet the man who claims to be for privacy, who runs the Privacy Watch List, voted for what was, at its time, the most egregious violation of privacy on the books. Even if he now says he regrets this vote, what does it say for his judgment, for the positions he will take in the future? Besides, to what extent can he truly regret voting for the Act, if as recently as 2005 he was advocating for its reauthorization? The Patriot Act was not a difficult decision, and he made the wrong call on it. As President, he will face more subtle and difficult decisions. He has given us little reason to trust him.”

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/katz-j/katz-j28.html

  47. George Dance Says:

    Barr’s statement was carried, in full, in the Arkansas Times today; I stumbled across it while researching an article on the incident. Here’s the link, in case anyone is interested in reading the latter (which contains a link to the Times piece): http://www.nolanchart.com/article3814.html.

  48. MIKE Says:

    “Its their wanton use in blood sport that I find utterly unconscionable. Anyone claiming moral agency for themselves that finds enjoyment in the death of a innocent creature is, in fact, psychopathological”

    So, John, I suppose you don’t like fishing either. How do you think all that meat ends up in the supermarket? At least if I eat a deer, it got to live free instead of being caged and plumped up it’s whole life.

    But, I suppose you’re a vegetarian. How dare you kill innocent plants to eat them, their fruits, and their seeds. You pshycopath you…..

  49. Burt Noyes Says:

    Hmmm, Bob Barr demanded an apology after Mike had already posted an apology on his website. Great timing Bob!

    And Bob, as far as dumb mistakes and things we would love to do over again, do you remember a movie called “Borat”?

  50. G.E. Says:

    I suppose John thinks that lions and tigers should be jailed.

    Man is an animal that creates tools in order to make himself a better hunter.

    If you don’t like that, then you don’t like nature or evolution.

  51. Clark Says:

    MIKE WROTE: “Anyone claiming moral agency for themselves that finds enjoyment in the death of a innocent creature is, in fact, psychopathological”

    ...i do find pleasure in providing and eating, fish, fowl, game..most all my life..

    ...i feel pride in conducting myself as a good sportsman..obeying the rules..(i’ve lobbied for a few of them)

    ..my family loves to eat ‘wild meat/food’..ok, dead creatures..

    ..i console myself in that i’m ‘saving’ a pound of much-inferior commercial creature meat…slowing down the slaughterhouse line, if you will…achieving a more nutritious, less damaging, diet…getting fresh air…learning/experiencing nature..(i’ve become quite the wild mushroom expert!)...communing with other sportsmen, esp. my dad, brothers, etc. lifelong friends..(great politics!)

    ...and the women seem to love us getting our carcasses out of the house!..some/most of the time.. ;o)

    ...i certainly am disgusted and sickened when any animal suffers ‘needlessly’..(here we go)

    ...maybe i will reach a new awareness near sunset today with the old man casting a #10 muddlers minnow for some members of the char family.. ;o)

  52. George Dance Says:

    John: It sounds like you’re an advocate of (some) animal rights. That’s not something we’re going to resolve here, if at all - looking at the closest analogue to the issue, abortion, I don’t think it’s a dispute that is easily resolved, period. So the best thing to do is disentangle the issues.

    Even if animals have a right to life, including a right not to be shot by humans, there would still be ‘sportsmen’ using guns. There are today - from Olympic skeet shooters, to kids who shoot cans on fenceposts. Barr’s comments are completely accurate wrt them: it’s irresponsible and insulting to joke (as Huckabee did) about such people going around pointing guns at those they disagree with politically. In that respect Barr’s comments were accurate.

    Even if Barr disagrees with you on the morality of hunting, which I suspect he does; it’s just as irresponsible and insulting to joke about him or any hunters going around pointing guns at their political opponents.

  53. George Dance Says:

    Burt Noyes: “Hmmm, Bob Barr demanded an apology after Mike had already posted an apology on his website.”

    More accurately: Bob Barr told gun owners and second amendment supporters to demand an apology, after Huckabee had already posted an apology to Obama on his website.

  54. George Dance Says:

    Burt Noyes: “Hmmm, Bob Barr demanded an apology after Mike had already posted an apology on his website.”

    More accurately: Bob Barr urged gun owners and second amendment supporters to demand an apology, after Huckabee had already posted an apology to Obama on his website.

  55. Paco Says:

    I think its interesting that so many of us who rant and rave against the foolishness of “political correctness” are perfectly willing to show themselves as equally super-sensitive and humorless critics if the subject changes just a little. Lighten up! Can you say “overreaction?”

  56. John Lowell Says:

    Hello Mike,

    “So, John, I suppose you don’t like fishing either. How do you think all that meat ends up in the supermarket? At least if I eat a deer, it got to live free instead of being caged and plumped up it’s whole life.

    But, I suppose you’re a vegetarian. How dare you kill innocent plants to eat them, their fruits, and their seeds. You pshycopath you…..”

    Help me clear this up, will you, Mike. You’re not writing from a college dormitory room, are you?

  57. John Lowell Says:

    Clark,

    “..i do find pleasure in providing and eating, fish, fowl, game..most all my life..

    ...i feel pride in conducting myself as a good sportsman..obeying the rules..(i’ve lobbied for a few of them)

    ..my family loves to eat ‘wild meat/food’..ok, dead creatures..

    ..i console myself in that i’m ‘saving’ a pound of much-inferior commercial creature meat…slowing down the slaughterhouse line, if you will…achieving a more nutritious, less damaging, diet…getting fresh air…learning/experiencing nature..(i’ve become quite the wild mushroom expert!)...communing with other sportsmen, esp. my dad, brothers, etc. lifelong friends..(great politics!)

    ...and the women seem to love us getting our carcasses out of the house!..some/most of the time.. ;o)

    ...i certainly am disgusted and sickened when any animal suffers ‘needlessly’..(here we go)

    ...maybe i will reach a new awareness near sunset today with the old man casting a #10 muddlers minnow for some members of the char family.. ;o)”

    I know, Clark, you thought this was the Gallup Poll. Not sure, though, what you’d qualify for this time around. I’d mentioned above that I wouldn’t be troubled at all seeing people with the attitudes of, say, a David Williams Jr., for example, imprisoned and beaten mercilessly so as to develop what we might call a “clearer understanding” of the issues involved, that they’d then be free to submit themselves for “voluntary” sterilization. So I suppose I wouldn’t be terribly moved seeing a outcome like that in your case. But you seem so much slower than David. A handicap of some kind perhaps? Something like that could be mitigating, you know.

  58. Aardvark Says:

    Good for Bob Barr. The Huckabee comment was in very very bad taste. Guns are nothing to joke about. The fact that the NRA audience did not make much sound after the comment indicates they knew it was in bad taste as well.

  59. George Dance Says:

    Paco: “Lighten up! Can you say “overreaction?”’

    Sure, it’s an overreaction to an isolated incident; but this is Mike Huckabee we’re talking about. He’s said much worse, from ‘joking’ about keeping other candidates’ supporters from voting, to apologizing for assassinating Bhutto, to lying about his degrees and his record as Governor—and got away with all of it so far. Read the sorry record at:
    http://www.nolanchart.com/article3814.html

  60. CCW4ME Says:

    If I were to rate the “Huck’s” joke about B.H.O. I would have to give it a rating of “S.F.” for Seriously Funny. It works because it play off of B.H.O.’s well know hoplophobia, an unreasoning and irrational fear of weapons. The real story is the back channel talk among B.H.O.’s aides that he is facing a potential “cohone-gate” scandal of his own. As any student of American history knows it takes huge cohones to be President of the United States. Nobody questions John McCain’s cohones, and as Democratic strategist James Carville has noted, if H.R.C. were to give B.H.O. one of her cohones he’d have two. In 1988 Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis was ahead of George H.W. Bush by double digits in the polls until it was discovered that he had no cohones. Needless to say he was clobbered in the election. What B.H.O.’s operatives are whispering about is that if the general public ever discovers that their man has no cohones they’ll lose the election in Nov.

  61. Clark Says:

    ...ah yes, the genius lowell..caught me skimming..

    ...but come on, admit it!..you’ve swallowed a hot dog or 3 too, right?.. ;o)

  62. Mr. Sparkles Says:

    Mr. Lowell,

    I find that your personal attack on hunters is inappropriate, annoying, and off topic. We’re talking about Barr’s statement to Gov. Huckabee, not about your ideas of having those who kill animals imprisoned, beaten, and sterilized.

    Calling Clark and David slow and handicapped for their beliefs is not adding anything to this discussion. I happen to disagree with your ideas, and yes, you’re entitled to your opinion, but stop spouting your bigotry here and let the rest of us continue the discussion.

  63. John Lowell Says:

    Mr. Sparkles,

    One wonders, Sparkle-Darkle, just how is it is that in this, your most earnest of relevance seeking moments, you found yourself forced to read even a smiggen of any of my posts in this thread at all? I know, I know, don’t tell me. Despite the fact that you were suitably focused and wearing your “I-swear-I’ll-never-post-even-a-word-off-topic” sweatshirt, there you were peering away at those terribly enticing but wholly irrelevant comments of mine. But that was my fault, wasn’t it? And you know what else was my fault? The fact that you posted a reply just as irrelevant as any I’d posted before you!! Do you think that if we were to work together for a while we could release you from this awful slavery? I

    mean, clearly, I would seem to have this strange power over you, you simply cannot resist reading and replying when I write. Would you think a that a talk might help, and if not that, a gentle but effective purgative, perhaps?

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