Guns and politics intersect frequently on the campaign trail in Nevada, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Wielding an antique .22- caliber rifle U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., told an audience of Nevada gun enthusiasts this week how he once used his final bullet to bring down a skinny hare for his grandmother to make into rabbit stew. Although the event was billed as a community celebration, the political overtones were clear.
Reid, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons and Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Harry Reid progeny Rory Reid all took turns declaring their support for gun rights in Nevada, a wide-open Western state where Democrats and Republicans love shooting. The elder Reid got a flattering speech from Wayne LaPierre, chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association, a gun rights organization with 3.5 million members and a $120 million annual budget. “He is a true champion of the Second Amendment,” LaPierre said of Reid.