In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
My Take - It's become a proforma tactic of any politician on the national stage to be shown in camouflage clothing holding a shooting iron and sipping a cup of Folgers on the tailgate of a pickup. Doesn't matter if he's the scion of a rich family, or if he married into money not once but twice. They've got to get those shots of them supporting our gun rights in order to convince us rubes that they're looking out for us. I have my problems with Rick Perry and Sarah Palin, but they at least could tell which end the bullets come out of before they decided to run for office.
Now that the momentum is behind those of us who believe in gun rights, it's easy for politicians of both the bluest liberal and metrocon conservative stripes to say they were for guns before they were against them. I have a lot more respect for people who had the guts to stand up in 1994 and rail against the Brady Bill, or who complained about the gun laws in Massachusetts, DC, Chicago, New York, and California before it was what the cool kids were doing.