Part of running for public office is letting voters know what skills and experience you'd bring to the job if elected, and campaign ads can be a great way to do that.
These six candidates decided it was important to let the voting public know that in addition their other qualifications, they're also pretty handy with the steel.
Grab some eye protection and don't stand downrange from these campaign ads, cause they're running with guns!
1. Ron Gould Shoots Obamacare Out Of The Sky
Shooting a copy of the Affordable Care Act isn't the same thing as repealing it. But if it was, Arizona Congressional hopeful and "straight shooter" Ron Gould (R) would definitely be the fastest, most effective Obamacare opponent on this list. All his copy gets is a one-way ticket up.
2. Will Brooke Gives Obamacare The Hard Goodbye
Would-be Alabama Congressman Will Brooke (R) takes time to really savor the lethal violence he's inflicting on an inanimate stack of paper. He drives into the mountains, straps the bill down so it can't move, shoots holes in it, pokes little wires inside of the holes and then throws what's left into a wood-chipper a la Fargo.
3. Joe Manchin Caps The Cap And Trade Bill
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) takes "dead aim" at a copy of the cap and trade bill in this one. He doesn't torture and mutilate the lifeless document, but his well-placed shot communicates a clear enough message - West Virginia needs strong, accessible metaphors and Joe Manchin can deliver.
4. Happy Now Texas? Now Nobody Gets To Drink It
Anybody who lives near Texas knows that state is the unrepentant hamburglar of water rights. Rob Wallace (D) ran for Congress in Oklahoma, a regular victim of Texas' thievery, on a promise to put an end to it. Why he chose to make that point by wasting five gallons of water is open for debate.
5. Take That, Taxes!
Then-Arizona state legislator Pamela Gorman (R) vacated her seat to run for the House of Representatives. She probably has legislative achievements the corny voiceover actor could have mentioned, but he was too busy making gun puns over clips of her shooting all kinds of guns. Vote for guns! I mean, Gorman!
6. The Yard Sign Vigilante Never Sleeps...
Republican Dale Peterson's aggressively folksy Alabama Agriculture Commissioner campaign ad made it clear he's got no love for "thugs and criminals" who steal campaign yard signs. But when his campaign ended, he had no yard signs to protect with armed force. Until he realized he could endorse another candidate and ostensibly shoot people over those five-cent paper signs.
And if Dale Peterson was "a marine during Vietnam," then I was a field reporter during the Iraq War. Granted, that field wasn't actually in Iraq, but now we're just splitting hairs.