Anti-gunners started coming out of the woodwork yesterday, reacting poorly to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s Facebook revelation that her husband bought her a brand new 9mm Beretta Px4 Storm semiautomatic pistol for Christmas.
Gov. Haley, the American-born daughter of immigrants who might otherwise be lauded as a success story, is a pro-gun Republican, a graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in accounting, a wife and mother. She has been honored by the South Carolina Association of Taxpayers for working to lower taxes, and – from the perspective as the daughter of immigrants – has supported strong immigration policies.
But nothing may bring out more vitriol from the political left as did her Christmas gift. One woman responded to her Facebook post stating, “Nikki Haley and her husband are completely insensitive to the children and adults who are shot by guns - every day in the US. I am sickened by this total insensitivity to the coalition of Moms for Gun Sense. Once again, it is not a nice day in South Carolina. It will - never - be a nice day in SC. - until we get some real leadership that does not treat SC like some backwoods hillbilly state that invites ridicule on national comedy shows.”
Another woman wrote, “You are one sick cookie, Nikki H. Ditto Scott. Jesus preached love not violence. Guns are meant to do one thing, kill something. I am proud to be a part of the effort to rid SC of Nikki Haley and the embarrassment she causes. We will elect a new governor in 2014 and begin to make South Carolinians proud to be part of South Carolina again.”
On the other hand, her post has gotten more than 17,600 “likes” and generated more than 2,000 comments, and it has been shared more than 1,700 times. Among her supporters are hundreds of people who said something on the order of “Nice gift” and others who wished Haley was their governor. They thanked her for “sticking up” for the Second Amendment.
One man wrote, “Gov. I think what you should do is hold a press conference and go on the record, explaining to the women of your state the importance of being able to defend themselves from harm. Tell them get trained. Get your CCL. And refuse to be a victim.”
Women love her gift, too. One noted, “I love the fact that you have taken the bull by the horns, and not worry about the people that are living in a dream were everybody is a gentle soul. Me a woman, previous military whom have seen war know better the same for my husband he have the good mind to encourage and help me get my conceal weapons permit and is the first to insist on me carrying my gun any were me or us go. Congrats (on) getting one of the same guns we have. My vote is your(s).”
Another woman wrote, “Gov., I so support your right to want and receive a way to (protect) yourself and your family!! I hope you enjoy shooting your gift. I know it must give your husband a sense of peace to know that you can protect yourself!”
And a third woman posted, “I for one love your present, every woman should have one and know how to use it!!!!!”
Haley, who will run for re-election in 2014, appears to be far more popular than unpopular. Not many other governors, and certainly none from the West Coast, could or even would boast publicly about receiving a handgun for Christmas.
If history has any lessons for Haley, they might include growing a very thick skin. She is almost certain to suffer the same demonization as Alaska’s Sarah Palin. The left does not merely oppose outspoken conservative women who succeed in politics, the left despises such women and tries to destroy them.
In Haley’s case, they are up against a seasoned political veteran who can quite literally stick to her guns.