Barack Obama, the lead Presidential Democratic Party candidate, is for

banning all guns in America He is considered by those who have dealt

with him as a bit more than just a little self-righteous.

At a recent rural elementary school assembly in East Texas , he asked

the audience for total quiet. Then, in the silence, he started to

slowly clap his hands once every few seconds, holding the audience in

total silence.

Then he said into the microphone, 'Children, every time I clap my hands

together, a child in America dies from gun violence.'

Then, little Richard Earl, with a proud East Texas drawl, pierced the

quiet and said: ''Well, dumb-ass, stop clapping!'[}]