Rand Paul, the Republican Senate nominee and ophthalmologist from Kentucky running for the seat of retiring senator Jim Bunning (R-KY), cheered guns and religion in a speech at a Kentucky “machine gun shoot” over the weekend, declaring his full-throated endorsement for the second amendment.
“The president says that you’re out here in the middle of the country clinging to your guns and ammunition,” he added. “What I tell the President is, ‘we’re clinging to our guns, our religions and our ammunition.'”
Paul told the online politics site that one of his most popular proposals was a measure to require a waiting period for federal legislation — akin to some states’ waiting periods on buying guns.
The Kentucky Republican has proposed there be a one day reading period for every 20 pages of a bill.
“We do need to slow down, read the bill,” Paul told site. “People in the Tea Party are worried about earmarks that are put on by clerks in the dead of night.”
“They want to make us wait to buy a gun,” he added. “I tell them they need to wait to pass legislation.”
Paul owns a private ophthalmology practice in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He’ll face off against Democrat and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.
A YouTube video of the three-day gun event follows.