'Hunters can sense the inauthenticity'
From George Washington’s flintlock pistols to John F. Kennedy’s M1 rifle, presidents have shared a long tradition of proud gun ownership.
That heritage would be far more likely to continue under a President Donald Trump than it would under a President Hillary Clinton.
As is so often the case, the point is clearer in the online hed (and the URL):
How does he aim to do that?
Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, has a concealed carry permit in New York, owns at least two handguns and professes a “tremendous passion” for hunting with his sons. He laments that his schedule rarely affords him time to hunt.
In an interview with The Washington Times in 2012, Mr. Trump said he owns a Hechler & Koch .45 pistol and a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson.
“I own a couple of different guns, but I don’t talk about it,” he said at the time.
In the good old days, kids, there were people called "copy editors," whose job it was to point out that -- especially if you're going to pick on the libruls for how little they know about GUNZ -- you should look up stuff like the spelling of Heckler & Koch. That points to a larger concern with this story, but first I have to break ranks and tell a newsroom joke:
Q: How do you hide a $20 bill from a reporter?
A: Put it in the "weapons" section of the stylebook.
Hence the mild skepticism with which you might greet the WashTimes's claim about what "hunters" think:
Broadly, that's true -- especially when a top-drawer political writer demonstrates his authenticity by expecting his audience to believe in the ".12-gauge shotgun."
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