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May 24 2012 2:50 PM

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Bow your head, please, and admire the PR stunt that the Daily Caller just pulled. Subscribe to one of their e-mail lists, and you're one of the lucky patriots eligible for a free firearm -- a 9C1 handgun engraved with the Bill of Rights.

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The guns come from Jim Pontillo's FMK Firearms, but The DC came up with the idea. "You can't exercise the second amendment if you're unarmed," said Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson.

So far, only the wags at Media Matters have explored beyond the stunt to find out more about Pontillo. He's the kind of gun manufacturer who likes to write Human Events columns about how Arizona's SB1070 was " a warning to a despotic administration that the American people are only going to tolerate a limited amount of assault on their sovereignty." But that was two years ago, and Pontillo, like most conservatives who talk this way, decided that winning the 2010 midterms was probably better than open rebellion. I showed Carlson the Arizona column, just to check. "A little rebellion once in a while isn't a bad thing," he said.

(Picture from FMK Firearms.)

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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