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A U.S. Senator from neighboring Oklahoma was in Springfield Thursday to campaign for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Senator Tom Coburn spoke at Bass Pro Shops about McCain's dedication to promoting outdoor sporting traditions. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.
As the water trickled down the indoor stream, customers shopped for shotguns and rifles at one of the country's leading outdoor retail stores.
Most of them were unaware that right beneath their feet, in Bass Pro Shop's underground auditorium, one of the nation's leaders was discussing their rights to do so.
Senator Coburn was here to announce Missouri's leaders for a coalition called "Sportsmen for McCain." The coalition is a national group of individuals from the hunting, angling and shooting communities who are supporting John McCain for his support of American's rights to own guns, and his respect for the outdoor sporting community.
The senator spoke briefly before opening the floor up for questions. Instead of being about the second amendment, however, the questions were all related to other issues: offshore oil drilling, immigration, the war in Iraq, and the so-called liberal bias of the mainstream media.
Coburn said the range of questions showed people have lost trust in their elected officials in Washington.
John McCain's opponent, Democratic candidate Barack Obama, has also said he supports the second Amendment—the right to bear arms—and would not change that if elected. Still, Cobern insisted McCain's record in Congress is stronger on this issue.
Missouri Sportsmen for McCain will be comprised of nineteen members and two co-chairs from across the state.
For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.