After yesterday’s Supreme Court decision determining that the Second Amendment guarantees individuals the right to bear arms, John McCain seized on the moment to, ah, reference Barack Obama’s notorious remark about economically pressed white folks bitterly clinging to guns and religion:
Unlike Senator Obama, who refused to join me in signing a bipartisan amicus brief, I was pleased to express my support and call for the ruling issued today. Today’s ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller makes clear that other municipalities like Chicago that have banned handguns have infringed on the constitutional rights of Americans. Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of bitterness, today’s ruling recognizes that gun ownership is an important right- sacred, just as the right to free speech and assembly.
Fair enough. But it’s interesting that the dig did not include, among its additional referencing of individuals’ sacred First Amendment rights, the free exercise of religion. An oversight? Another sign of the McCain campaign’s visceral aversion to dealing with religion? Or a way to avoid hinting that Obama himself was talking about what Americans take to be their fundamental rights.