Are you from Talladega? Do you like guns? But I repeat myself. The point is: Your conservative state representative likes guns. A lot. He's a big fan of big guns. With big barbecue smokers inside of them. Now, who are you voting for in November?
The District 35 Republican from Talladega gets his message across at parades in a very unmistakable way: He uses a giant revolver as a parade float. (And a barbecue. The gun is actually not a balloon but a large barbecue shaped like a handgun.)
Hurst said the parade float has two purposes: For one, it reminds people Hurst is a small business owner. He owns a fencing company and also Haynes Street Pawn and Gun Shop. He sells guns with his business partner.
And two, the gun-shaped barbecue, often attached to his truck, reminds people he supports gun rights. Hurst pushed for and won a change in Alabama law that no longer requires homeowners to flee from an intruder. Now Alabamians can shoot an intruder, a right often referred to as the "castle" doctrine.
Hurst, a 16-year veteran of the Legislature who flipped from being a Democrat to a Republican in 2010, boasts a winning, uh, grimace and has impeccable academic credentials: he graduated from high school! But most important, he's standing up for gun rights at a time of unparalleled peril for gun owners, who have been victimized by the constant expansion of their rights under anti-gun Imperial Overlord Obama.
This will likely stand him in good stead with voters heading into a June primary against Steve Dean, a local GOP leader who has tea party backing and a college degree. Dean says he loves the Second Amendment. But hey, where's his trailer-mounted Saturday Night Special? Real Alabamians deserve real results. And parade floats. With a slab of ribs.