Bill Clinton on the Poor, Dumb Gun-Owning Hicks of Arkansas

One of the things gun rights advocates have been consoling themselves with as the anti-civil rights crowd tries gamely to limit Americans’ gun rights is what it could mean for the midterm elections next year. Who could forget how the ’94 Assault Weapons Ban turned Congress on its head, even ousting then-speaker Tom Foley from his until-then safe Washington State congressional seat? And who better to reflect on that electoral bloodbath — and offer a word of caution in the current climate — than the man who really made it happen, former president Bill Clinton . . .

Poor Bill. It’s been hard on him these many years, living with what he did to all those swing district Congresscritters . . . all for the greater good of ridding America from the scourge of black rifles.

“I’ve had many sleepless nights in the many years since,” Clinton said. One reason? “I never had any sessions with the House members who were vulnerable,” he explained — saying that he had assumed they already knew how to explain their vote for the ban to their constituents.

As reports, Bill explained it all for a group of high-dollar Democrat donors Saturday night, telling them they have to understand that they’ll never really understand the world view of members of the genus bitterus clingeri.

“Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them,” Clinton said.

“A lot of these people live in a world very different from the world lived in by the people proposing these things,” Clinton said. “I know because I come from this world.”

Fortunately Bill came away from his time in Arkansas with a keen understanding of the kind of benighted “people” who are stuck live there. That and a nasty STD or two.

“A lot of these people … all they’ve got is their hunting and their fishing,” he told the Democratic financiers. “Or they’re living in a place where they don’t have much police presence. Or they’ve been listening to this stuff for so long that they believe it all.”

Stupid rubes. What they need is their betters to step in and make the important decisions for them. To make sure they don’t hurt themselves. To keep sharp objects and as many things that go bang away from them and in the hands of the cops where they belong.

He did, however, make sure to give his elite audience the benefit of his gun rights abrogating experience before collecting his speaking fee:

Clinton closed his remarks with a warning to big Democratic donors that ultimately many Democratic lawmakers will be defeated if they choose to stand with the president.

“Do not be self-congratulatory about how brave you for being for this” gun control push, he said. “The only brave people are the people who are going to lose their jobs if they vote with you.”