Jeb Bush has been telling the world how former NRA President Charleton Heston acknowledged Bush’s contribution to the cause. “You know who you’re lookin’ at here? You’re looking at the guy who won the NRA Statesman of the Year Award,” Bush proclaimed at a town hall in Milford, New Hampshire. “Not the Florida award. The national award. And I got a rifle from Charlton Heston, I got a rifle from Moses.” Just this weekend, Jeb mentioned the Award again while talking about his record on the Second Amendment. There’s one problem with the story . . .
It’s not ture.
Buzzed searched the Interwebz and found that the words “Statesman of the Year” in conjunction with Jeb only returned stories from this year. The Washington Post reported that there isn’t an “NRA Statesman Award” any more than there is a “Vulcan death grip.” Jeb’s communication director Tim Miller had to walk back the stories:
“In recounting the story, Jeb was mistaken and conflated multiple events unintentionally,” Tim Miller, his campaign’s communications director, said in a statement. “Heston met with Jeb at that NRA convention and was the head of the NRA at the time, but it was Kayne Robinson” — who succeeded Heston as NRA president — “who presented Jeb with the rifle for being keynote speaker.”
Miller added that Heston endorsed Bush’s 2002 reelection as governor of Florida and that Bush “was lauded by the NRA on multiple occasions for his second amendment record, including signing legislation that the NRA dubbed the ‘Six Pack Of Freedom.’”
Jeb Bush has a decent record on second amendment issues. He put his signature to several bills to protect the civil right of Florida residents to keep and bear arms during his term in office. That said, he’s waffled on gun rights, declaring it a state’s rights issue. There are plenty of other reasons to not vote for Jeb but I don’t think this is one of them. You?