I consider myself pretty moderate on gun issues. I’m not against concealed carry permits and I don’t really favor bans on certain types of weapons. If you want to buy an Uzi I don’t really care. (though it seems perfectly reasonable that you submit to a pretty thorough background check before you walk out of a gun store carrying a submachine gun capable of firing hundreds of rounds a minute)

Funny thing about the candidates in this year’s Governor’s race: the Democrat is actually is more pro-gun than me and the Republican is the exact opposite.

That’s right, when it comes to having a pro-gun voting record, Ted Strickland kicks John Kasich’s ass.

Don’t believe me? Just ask the Buckeye Firearms Association.

According to the BFA, from 1992 to 1998 (when Strickland and Kasich served together in congress) Ted Strickland was consistently given an A rating from the NRA. John Kasich? Not so much.

John Kasich’s ratings for those years:

1992 B-
1994 F
1996 C+
1998 B+

I know all the super-liberal PB readers are going to cringe at this news. The conservative readers as well. And I’m not taking sides on this one.

I’m just pointing out the facts.

And the facts are clear: if Kasich intends to run on his pro-gun rights record, he’s going to have a seriously difficult time competing with Governor Strickland.