Forget about those quaint days of yesteryear, when it was bumper stickers and lapel pins.

The cutting-edge campaign of perpetual congressional candidate Clint Didier, R-Ag Welfare, is giving away free firearms in an online sweepstakes, at the same time casually mocking national concerns about gun violence.

“The guns are not pulling the trigger, the people are pulling the trigger,” Didier told the Tri-City Herald, in an apparent reference to the recent spate of random shootings. “These gun-free zones are enticing people to go to these areas to do these terrible deeds.”

Sounds like future House majority leader material to us.

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Didier’s “Freedom Fighters Gun Giveaway” offers up a his ’n hers pair of lightweight, super-concealable 9-mm Ruger pistols and a Diamondback DB15S rifle — the latter complete with a ready-to-rock 30-round clip and ammo. The drawing commences when he hits 10,000 “likes” on his Facebook page or followers on Twitter, or on July 4, whichever comes first.

The Wrap has entered the drawing, under an assumed name. Fortunately, a background check appears extremely unlikely.

More shoot ’em up fun:

More on That: The Herald quotes a concerned Richland resident, Melvin Adams, thusly: “We can’t have any lunatic handing out guns to get votes. I’m not anti-gun, but this is just crazy.” He’s correct. Why can’t candidates in the increasingly nationally known Nut Basket of Eastern Washington be satisfied with just buying their votes directly, like everyone else?

By the Way: Sports fans will recall that Didier is a former NFL guy who in the ’80s played with the Washington R … the Re … the Red … Sorry, something is apparently wrong with this keyboard.

My Shin, Oh God, My Shin!: It’s fun watching the World Cup, but the bad-drama-school flopping, poor officiating and likely match-rigging make it pretty tough to take seriously. Sort of like an open-skies NBA.

On Second Thought: Actually, it’s worse. Where else does one find outcomes for a major event so profoundly affected by a single act of sheer fraud? OK, besides in Congress.

Stick This in Your Search Engine and Rev It Up: Serious question for Jorge Carrasco, the now-spectacularly compensated genius in charge of borderline-narcissistic Seattle City Light: Is there some genetic defect that prevents public-sector employees from asking, before leaping into some dubious venture, the obvious question: “How’s this going to look in the newspaper?”

Meanwhile, Over There: Sez here President Obama is sending a handful of “advisers” overseas to keep the peace between heavily armed factions in a long-simmering civil war. What could possibly go wrong?

Stopping the Presses: Actual tweet from KING-TV reporter covering the earth-shattering announcement of the Amazon Super Amazing Life-Changing Scratch-’n -sniff 3-D Wonder Phone: “Bezos: Jeans, Tennis Shoes.” Thank God for the First Amendment.

And Finally: This case involving a veteran King County sheriff’s deputy who allegedly helped his estranged wife work as a hooker — all while perhaps using and dealing steroids — cracks open the lid on a rather large can of worms. Wouldn’t a lot of cop abuses of the past decade make more sense in the context of ’roid rage?

Ron Judd’s column appears each Sunday. Reach him at or 206-464-8280.