In case you hadn’t noticed, there is an election on in Indiana for the office of Governor. Unless you’ve never read my blog before, it should be pretty obvious by now that I’m supporting Mitch Daniels for governor, especially since his opponent is the rather objectionable Jill Long Thompson.
I honestly think that Mitch has been good for the state of Indiana; and he’s been especially good for Hoosiers who are concerned about the right to keep and bear arms, which is what I’m going to focus on today.
There has been a lot of talk amongst conservatives about “staying home” during the election to “teach the Republicans a lesson”, since they insisted on running John “Col. Tighe” McCain instead of a conservative. I can’t speak for the rest of the country, but we can’t afford to do that in Indiana, especially as gun owners. I don’t want to run the risk of losing a pro-gun governor with a demonstrated track record of signing legislation that supports the right to keep and bear arms, just because I want to “teach the party a lesson”.
Leave national politics out of the equation for a moment, and look at this election as purely an Indiana issue – purely a gun rights issue. Mitch signed two key pieces of pro-gun legislation during his term: park carry and lifetime permit laws.
Mitch signed the bill which would allow Hoosiers with carry permits to carry their legal firearms in Indiana’s state parks, so if you’re going backpacking at Turkey Run you don’t have to leave your .38 behind any longer. He also signed the “lifetime permit” law – for my out of state readers, Indiana allows qualified individuals to get a lifetime carry permit. I never have to go and renew my permit. Does anyone think that Jill Long Thompson would sign similar laws if she got elected?
If you don’t like McCain, that’s fine. I don’t like him very much either; but I’m not going to let my distaste for McCain keep me home in November, especially since I have an important local election. I can’t force people to vote for McCain, if you’ve already made up your mind to not vote in the presidential race, that’s your decision. All I can do is ask that if you’re an Indiana resident, you don’t let your dislike for McCain keep you from going to the polls come election time. If we do end up with an anti-gun president and Congress, it becomes even more important that we keep our pro-gun governor in the state house in Indiana.
Keeping Mitch Daniels around for another 4 year term is one of my personal top priorities – he’s been great for Indiana in general, and especially for gun rights in Indiana.