I nearly fell out of my chair this morning when I learned that Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson had picked former Massachusetts Governor William Weld to be his Vice President. Weld is a big time gun control proponent. As the nytimes.com reported back in the day (October 1, 1993) . . .
With voters growing increasingly fearful of gunfire on the streets, Gov. William F. Weld of Massachusetts reversed course this week and proposed some of the most stringent gun control laws in the country.
Mr. Weld, a Republican who will run for re-election next year, called for a statewide ban on assault weapons — a proposal he opposed during his 1990 campaign — as well as a waiting period for buying handguns and a prohibition on handgun ownership by anyone under 21. His proposed legislation would also limit the number of handguns an individual could buy and would impose tough penalties for illegal gun sales and gun-related crimes.
“The purpose of this common sense legislation is to remove deadly guns from our streets and to take weapons out of the hands of many teens who themselves are becoming deadly killers,” the Governor said.
This morning, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Weld how he squared his pro-gun control stance with libertarianism. Weld revealed himself as a dyed-in-the-wool pro-hunting-and-that’s-it Fudd.
Sorry, guys. Another one bites the dust.