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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Illinois state legislator says he stands by bogus Thomas Jefferson quotation about guns
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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Debunking phony quotations, especially those attributed to any of our Founding Fathers, is among my favorite pastimes.

And now an uncommonly delicious opportunity to indulge this hobby has arisen in the form of a challenge from a politician who actually welcomes efforts to disprove a quotation he attributes to Thomas Jefferson.

But first, a little background is in order.

As I’ve noted here on several previous occasions, there’s a notion among some firearms enthusiasts these days that the Second Amendment is intended mainly as a safeguard against an oppressive government.

I’m not talking about ordinary gun-owners or sportsmen or ladies ...

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