Steve Miller selling guns in small town Pennsylvania
ELIZABETHTOWN, PA -- Elizabethtown (population 12,000) is one of those small Pennsylvania towns Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama referred to when he talked about people bitter over the economy turning to religion and guns. And as one might expect, those comments aren't regarded in much favor here.
Steve Miller works at the Trop gun shop in Elizabethtown. He says he, like a lot of people from around these parts, resents and is offended by Obama's remarks.
"Basically he compared the good honest people of this area with thugs and drug dealers," says Miller.
Miller, who is known around here as Spanky, says this is not an area of unemployed lawlessness.
"People have jobs," he says. "There are farmers working the land."
But what about Obama's point about people buying more guns because of the economy? Miller says there is an upsurge in gun sales. But not for the reason Obama suggested.
"Every election year means people buying more guns," he says. "Especially if there's a chance a Democrat will become president."
That's because, he says, people are afraid the Democrats will push through gun control laws.
Miller says, for that reason, Obama didn't really hurt himself politically here. Because this area, he says, is decidedly Republican. But it does put Miller in a quandary.
"I switched parties just so I could vote against Hillary," he says.
"Now after what Obama said, I'm wondering if I did the right thing."
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