The former senator, who boasts that he is from the part of Pennsylvania where President Obama said people “cling to guns or religion,” began his last day campaigning in Louisiana by picking up a Colt 45 and emptying two magazines into a circular target, not a human-shaped one.
He thanked the range master, who complimented his shooting, for a chance “to get those juices flowing in the morning” and told the crowd, “What I was able to exercise was one of those fundamental freedoms that’s guaranteed in our Constitution, the right to bear arms.”
A woman in the audience suggested, “Pretend it’s Obama,” unnerving the Secret Service. Santorum later said he did not hear the comment.
The "pretend it's Obama" comment is bad enough, but I think we are missing the bigger picture: why are presidential candidates shooting at any targets at all? I think people like Santorum set up their crazy followers to say things like that and they should be held responsible. Shooting at a target should not be a normal thing to do for a campaigning candidate, then again Santorum is not normal.