Tim Ryan attempts desperate Hail Mary to fool gun owners
In the last few days, as polls continue to show Senate candidate Tim Ryan falling farther and farther behind Republican J.D. Vance, the Democrat and former high school quarterback has decided on a Hail Mary: trying to fool gun owners into voting for him, after years of voting AGAINST their Second Amendment rights.
On Friday, he Tweeted a video of himself awkwardly firing a pistol:
Not too bad for a Democrat pic.twitter.com/a0TkBWDT7V
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) November 4, 2022
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) November 4, 2022 And earlier today, he Tweeted two photos of himself shooting clay targets...without eye protection:
This from a politician who, in just the past few months, has cast multiple votes to ban modern sporting rifles, take away gun owners' Second Amendment rights without due process, & take away 18-20 year-old adults' Second Amendment rights.
In other words, when you needed his vote, Tim Ryan was nowhere to be found. But now that he is desperate to get yours, he's lovin' him some shootin' time.
This kind of pandering isn't new. Gun owners have seen politicians pose with guns they've voted to ban, stage fake goose hunting trips, or even fake a southern accent when buying a hunting license for the cameras.
Gun owners weren't fooled then, and they won't be fooled now.
What is pretty obvious is that the people who were planning to vote for him aren't taking kindly to his newfound love for shooting. These are just sample of the critical comments he's receiving on Twitter from his own supporters:
Now we have to make believe we love guns to beat GOP monsters? The fact that they're monsters isn't enough?
— Richard Sarafan (@rjSarafan) November 7, 2022
Like, I'm a fan, and would still vote for you (if I was an Ohian) because the alternative is unthinkable. But seriously dude, Republican much? No one says you can't like guns, but this just feels like just another faux-masculine pander to people. Do better. Please. — Baba D (@BDBABA) November 7, 2022
Why are you trying to act like a Republican? Guns in ads doesn't make you a good senator! Dems have hammered Republicans for doing exactly this!
— Kerry (@KerryACS) November 7, 2022
Not a fan of these gun posts. Liberals have guns, no need to post them on social media. Republican energy — BellaB (@Divadoll2014) November 7, 2022
I'm actually supporting you, Tim. But, the gun photos are a cheap, Republican ploy. We see right through it, and it's unbecoming. You should drop 'em. — AmericanGeek (@theAmericanGeek) November 7, 2022
Really? A lot of these “good ole boy” ads lately kinda make the rest of us Ohio Democrats feel left out and un-represented. I voted for you of course, but who’s directing your PR? I like my politicians dressed for the job, smart, articulate, and looking effective in DC. JS! — HRHJDK (@hrhjdk) November 7, 2022
(of a gun or missile) fail to discharge or fire properly.
When a firearm cartridge misfires, it doesn't ignite correctly. When a plan misfires, it doesn't work quite the way you imagined it would. I'd say that about sums the end of Ryan's campaign.
Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.