Santorum Visits Oklahoma City’s H&H Shooting Sports Complex

 

Although Santorum had planned to hold his rally at the H&H Ranges, crowds forced the candidate to a larger venue, but not before Santorum stopped by as promised. H&H photo

Miles Hall of H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has had quite a hectic last 60 hours or so. On Wednesday, he let me know was frantically involved in last-minute planning to accommodate Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s Oklahoma City rally.

At that time, Hall was realizing the logistical challenges (OK, it’s probably a nightmare) of handling a political event in a shooting facility. But the Santorum campaign appeared to be rolling with the punches as well, telling Hall that anyone who met the Oklahoma concealed carry regulations would be welcome to exercise that right during Santorum’s visit.

On the surface, it seemed to be a dream photo opportunity for a conservative candidate: a long-established shooting facility with firearms and archery lanes -along with one of the nation’s leading shooting sports retailers. What better place to remove any doubt as to your candidate’s strong position in support of the Second Amendment and gun rights, right?

OK, not everything turns out as planned. Sometimes, turning out a crowd can be too-successful. And that happened in this instance. Late Wednesday afternoon, Hall sent me a note that – based on crowd estimates – the Santorum campaign was being forced to relocate the rally to a nearby location. Nearby, but across the interstate.

So….Hall and his staff hustled to get several hundred flyers printed to give rally attendees who showed up at H&H but needed to get across the interstate.

Ever the candidate, Santorum did pause long enough to visit with owner/founder Miles Hall and even work in a little politicking. H&H photo.

Hall seemed a bit disappointed, but relieved that H&H wasn’t going to be swamped by crowds, security and all the network media that accompany any presidential contender – especially one who’d just pulled off a primary hat trick.

And Santorum didn’t forget Hall or H&H. Prior to his rally, he paid H&H a visit, albeit a short one. While there, he affirmed his recognition of a perfect location for a photo op. “I wish we could have had the rally here,” Santorum told Hall, “this would have been perfect.”

“I’m impressed,” Santorum said, “it’s easy to see why gun ownership is so strong here- and I stand tall with the Second Amendment.”

OK, it was a political candidate’s rally, so no big deal, right? Not exactly. It was a candidate running for the presidential nomination visiting a shooting facility-and bringing the media circus into a shooting facility with him. For many of the media, it was probably an eye-opening experience. Especially when they had the opportunity to see that “normal” people own firearms, shoot guns, and even attend political rallies -without shooting anyone, including themselves.

–Jim Shepherd

WireShots Staff

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