A collection of hypocritical politicians and just plain wackos are featured in the National
Rifle Association’s first annual Rosie awards, given to what the NRA calls the most
hypocritical enemies of the Second Amendment.
Named for talk show hostess Rosie O’Donnell, who demanded a complete ban on handguns and then
backed her own bodyguard’s application for a permit to carry a concealed handgun, the awards
were announced in the February issue of the NRA’s America’s Freedom magazine.
Topping the list is President Bill Clinton, who the NRA said did more than any other president
to erode America’s gun rights while at the same time insisting he had no desire to interfere
with the rights of hunters and recreational shooters.
Second on the list is former Vice President Al Gore, who the NRA charged spent eight years
"spewing antigun rhetoric at every opportunity" and then spent the last few weeks of the
presidential campaign "trying to reassure hunters that he didn’t want to take away their
Among the other winners of this dubious honor are such liberal stalwarts as:
- Sen. Joe Lieberman, who joined the gun-grabbers in an effort to ban so-called assault weapons
while at the same time maneuvering behind the scenes to have those made by Colt - which is
headquartered in Connecticut, his home state - excluded from the blacklist.
- Andrew Cuomo - described by the NRA as the Clinton-Gore point man on several anti-gun
initiatives - attempted to disarm some of the nation’s poorest and most at-risk citizens,
those living in government-subsidized housing, on the grounds that as secretary of Housing &
Urban Development he had the dictatorial authority to do so. The NRA notes he was also the
government’s "attack dog" on the government’s agreement with Smith & Wesson.
- Martin Sheen, described as being "symbolic of most of Hollywood in its gun hypocrisy," and
having spent much of his career making a fortune by glorifying gun violence, had the gall to
appear in a commercial sponsored by Sarah Brady’s Handgun Control Inc. attacking George Bush’s
history as a supporter of Second Amendment rights.
- Million Mom March - When the NRA put up a million dollars to start a fund to introduce a
program to teach younger schoolchildren not to touch guns, the Million Mom Marchers refused a
challenge to join NRA and put up their own million dollars, showing that their agenda does not
include child safety, but merely gun-grabbing.
Among the wackier recipients of honorable mention:
- Linda Strong, a New Mexico sculptress who altered her statue of a water pistol fight to
eliminate the squirt gun because she realized it is a symbol of violence.
- The Tahunanui Kindergarten in Nelson, New Zealand, where the head teacher instituted a
program requiring her 4-year-old students to apply to the school for a permit before they can
use their fingers as imaginary guns and "shoot" them in the playground.
- Cynthia Carter, an Annapolis, Md., alderman who called for a government "buyback" of toy guns
and for making the manufacturing of toy guns a crime. She said God told her to do it.
- Associated Black Charities of Baltimore, which rejected a a mural of abolitionist Harriet
Tubman because it depicted her accurately as carrying a gun. "We feel that in the year 2000 it
is inappropriate for a piece of artwork depicting guns and violence to be displayed on our
wall in Baltimore, which had more than 300 murders last year," said Donna Jones-Stanley, the
group’s executive director, who, the NRA suggested, is unable to differentiate between murder