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You won’t believe the shit I get to read sometimes:
“I hope everyone who watches the walking dead supports Firearms and disregards that phoney media crap like the Sandy Hook shooting…. Guns DO NOT kill people, PEOPLE kill people.”
This was actually posted on AMC’s The walking Dead comment blog by a reader a day after the mid season premiere.
The guy then followed his post by asking people who “have an open mind to spread the word” as this country “is in serious trouble.”
I don’t even…this asshole really believes that the guns in The Walking Dead and the ensuing zombie apocalypse make a good point for lobbying against gun control since clearly the outbreak of a zombie apocalypse is likely to happen and illustrates the need for guns galore, woohaaa.
You may laugh about this and dismiss this guy as someone from the lunatic fringe not really reflecting the “values” of gun advocates and lifetime members of the NRA. But incidentally that is kind of the same view professional jackass Wayne LaPierre, executive director of the NRA, holds when he says shit like:
“Before I tell you how the NRA and our members are going to Stand And Fight politically and in the courts, let’s acknowledge that all over this country, tens of millions of Americans are already preparing to Stand And Fight to protect their families and homes. These good Americans are prudently getting ready to protect themselves.”
The rest of his “speech” was racially tinged, unfounded, ignorant garbage about Obama wanting to take away our guns! Latin American drug gangs and criminals! Mexicans! Illegal Immigrants! Kidnappers! Criminals! Terrorists! Muslims! and how terrorists and Muslims will attack with Obama standing by and watching while us citizens with our guns the NRA is working so hard to place in our hands, will be left to fend for ourselves.
“Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face—not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival.”[…] Responsible Americans realize that the world as we know it has changed. We, the American people, clearly see the daunting forces we will undoubtedly face: terrorists, crime, drug gangs, the possibility of Euro-style debt riots, civil unrest or natural disaster.”
That’s right, peace loving patriots. The world is a scary, terrible and dangerous place and we have to be prepared to SHOOT THEM ALL. AAAAALLLL Whaaaa “to withstand the siege that is coming“.
Round them all up: Liberals! Socialists! The Mentally Ill! Gays! Homosexuals! Pacifists! Immigrants! Activist judges! Women judges! Women! “Bloomberg, Soros, and the rest of their ilk.” Renew your NRA membership! Donate more so we can champion your cause, oh so freedom loving citizens, because apocalypses of all kind are upon us – even the zombie.
And let’s not forget all the other fun uses for guns. After all, “every year, shooting is becoming more and more popular, with more people engaging in the shooting sports for fun. […] Stand And Fight, let’s continue to make the shooting sports one of the fastest-growing recreational activities in America. By doing so, and by telling others about it, we’ll popularize and make gun owning and shooting more mainstream than ever before.” Shooting is so cool, especially chasing a helpless, innocent creature, cornering it and the blowing its brains out. It’s so much funnity fun fun. These are values we must instill in our children.
We gotta embrace guns and create an EVEN BIGGER gun culture. “We don’t want America to become like England” where only 155 people a year die of gun related injuries as opposed to 32,000 here in the US. Pah! “We have so much to be proud of as gun owners, shooters and freedom lovers. ” STAND AND FIGHT PATRIOTS.
Who’s Afraid of Wayne LaPierre?
I don’t know about you, but I am not really afraid of dying at the hands of an Islamic terrorist or a looter. I am, however, super scared of dying at the hands of a small, paranoid, frightened and law abiding NRA member pumped up by alarmist rhetoric and armed with deadly weaponry who shoots first and then asks questions. I am afraid of some disgruntled or unstable person deciding to take his anger, frustration and hate out on me by barging into a mall, bookstore, theater or any other public space I may occupy and empty several rounds of hot bullets into my body because the NRA has worked long and hard to insure that guns remain ubiquitous features of the American landscape and culture and are easier to obtain than a checking account.
It is also interesting to note the kind of fear the NRA is choosing to vest their efforts in.
I too am afraid, see. But it is not the same fear LaPierre and gun merchants are mongering us into.
I am not afraid of the zombie apocalypse, looters during hurricanes, or Mexican drug lords. I am afraid of the Patriot Act and that the government can spy on its citizens no questions asked; I am afraid of the hollowing out of the Fourth Amendment where people can be arrested and locked up without due process, like they did with Bradley Manning and countless others;
I am afraid of people being locked up in places like Guantanamo Bay and tortured based on suspicion or nationality;
I am afraid of the toxic waste in our waters, air and food and that cancer has become an epidemic;
I am afraid of some asshole in Washington violating my body without my consent by telling me what I can and cannot do with it and then have the audacity to not call it rape;
I am afraid of losing my job and not having a social safety net in place;
I am afraid of being at the mercy of corporations and banks for my livelihood and economic well being;
I am scared that I may wake up in a world in which Roe v Wade is history and women have to resort to backdoor alleys and dirty coat hangers to exercise autonomy over their bodies and get an abortion;
I am scared of oil companies and defense contractors plundering our nation’s assets and wealth while they keep getting subsidized bu our tax dollars and make record profits; I am afraid of banks that are too big to fail so they cannot be prosecuted thus effectively giving carte blanche to banks to engage in all sorts of criminal activity knowing that they will remain untouchable;
I am afraid that our corrupt Congress, which is mostly populated with millionaires, has sold us out to those lining their pockets and that Supreme Court thinks that nothing is wrong with that as it grants corporations citizen status;
I’m scared that unions 10 or 15 years from now will be a thing of the past;
I’m scared of Israel extending its war mongering paws to our shores and conning us into another war on its behalf, potentially leading to a global military crisis with devastating consequences for all of us.
I am scared that this precarious position we are sitting right now – economically, socially, politically, culturally etc – is going to come crashing down on us while the NRA stuffs every orifice with guns, “just in case”.
So I’m scared, alright. But unlike the NRA and the “patriots”, I understand that paranoia, othering, scapegoating, bigtory, guns and violence are not going to help us out of this mess.
The only thing that is going to get us through it, as a society, is cooperation, empathy and the fostering of peace. In fact, you can tell a lot about a society by the way it treats its vulnerable populations, not by how well armed they are. That is the litmus test of success for militant dictatorships under martial law.
People who believe that arming up is the solution and naturally the way a civilized peoples need to behave themselves in society and as a matter of public discourse are clearly more concerned with antagonism and isolation, than cooperation and peace as killing people who scare you is not the same as protecting oneself.
Fear is a powerful ally. And so is scapegoating. The NRA has a very real financial interest in promoting violence and death and they recognized a long time ago, 140 years ago to be precise, that they can do so by instilling fear in the hearts and minds of people; a fear that will boil over and make everyone want to pick up a gun to get the point across.
“We have a strong agenda coming up for next year, but of course a lot of that’s going to be delayed as the ‘Connecticut effect’ has to go through the process,” lobbyist and fucking worthless human being Bob Welch told the Wisconsin’s NRA State Association during the legislative update.
It is a testament to the abysmally sad state of affairs in this country when murder, or in this case slaughter of innocent people, is being casually framed as an “effect” that must be tolerated before we can go back to business as usual, so to speak.
After all, the NRA would not want all that grief, sadness, and loss muddy up your fucking access to assault weapons. They have to make sure that getting a gun – a tool solely designed to kill – remains easier to obtain than a checking account and the only consumer product not regulated for health and safety.
Yeah, a lot of anti-gun control laws have been championed for by the NRA and the gun merchants that populate its leadership have pretty much stood behind every single instance of gun violence in the US – in spirit, if not physically.
But there is a lot more dismantling of gun laws and standing behind gun violence to do and the NRA is getting ready for such a noble act.
So brace yourself America. Once those damn intellectual liberals and the parents and loved ones of those massacred have gotten over their their pesky crying over a bunch of kids shot to death in Connecticut by guns the NRA worked hard to place in the hands of law abiding citizens such as Adam Lanza’s mother, the NRA will be back, with a vengeance, making sure that many more such guns be made available to law abiding citizens. After all, our mass murderers have to remain the best equipped mass murderers in the world.
Kim Kuntrashian, fame whore and useless, “reality” TV parasite extraordinaire, uploaded the image of a diamond encrusted .22-caliber revolver to her Instagram page on Saturday – weeks after 26 people lost their lives in the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut and less than a month after she asked on her Twitter page that people sign a pledge to help combat gun violence in the US following the massacre.
She swiftly removed the picture from her page after a flurry of angry comments from followers but alas it was too late, as the picture made the rounds on the internet regardless.
Normally I would not waste a post pointing out the obvious, namely what kind of a useless and shameless famewhore Kim Kuntrashian and her family of equally useless, gold digging, shameless fame whores are. But this is impressively terrible even by this bitch’s baseless standards.
She just has too much influence to be this blind and ignorant towards what she puts out there, although there is no doubt in my mind that she really doesn’t care about the criticism as even bad publicity is still publicity – which is exactly what she and her family crave.
What Ms. Kuntrashian – and sadly her fans and followers – do not realize when posting and admiring the picture of a diamond encrusted or designer gun is that no matter how pretty the gun is, it still shoots a hot bullet through flesh causing severe damage. It is not like only ugly looking guns kill and pierce through flesh while pretty designer ones don’t.
It is also deeply hypocritical – not to mention just cruel – to be, on the one hand, signing an anti gun pledge while on the other hand being seen flaunting a diamond encrusted, fancy gun prefaced with the words “bang bang” just a few weeks after a horrific shooting where children had their faces blown off with guns. Bang, Bang.
When Kim’s followers see someone popular do it and flaunt it and embrace it and bang bang make it a casual thing, they wanna do it. too – just like they want to do everything else she does. Only that this isn’t hair and make up tips, but a fucking gun.
Kardashian knows perfectly well who and how old her fans and followers are and that they will take this message from her to mean that guns are cool, that shooting is cool – all of which just fucking makes this an incredibly irresponsible act at best.
And that is the problem ultimately, isn’t it: peoples’ irresponsible attitudes towards guns. Not usage, but attitude – in addition to the pathological fascination with guns and thinking that they are cool.
Posting this image ultimately underscores the problem with the gun culture in this country where people are fascinated with tools of murder so much so that they carelessly and casually fancy such tools without thinking about the implications such behavior, such fancying, has on gun violence.
These mass shootings and other gun deaths do not happen in a vacuum There are a host of actions, behaviors and imagery – perceived or actual – ultimately contributing to a reluctance on the side of the public to push for a ban on guns. I mean why should they? Kim K is posting one on her Twitter so it must be sexy – slaughter of children or not.
Amen. Thank you Mr. Carrey. At least someone has a good grasp of what kind of human beings all those with a pathological fascination with tools of murder are – especially when those tools have been used to massacre children.
Of course, this did not go over well with those who fear that a black President by the strange African name of Obama himself will, at any minute, walk through their front door and take away their precious guns.
Fox Nation referred to the comment as “nasty“, while Red Alert Politics writer Erin Brown wrote about it at length, decrying the tweet as a “careless remark … rooted in the shallow, parroted talking points so commonly espoused by liberal elites.”
Yeah, those damn liberal intellectuals always standing in the way of utter stupidity…I know.
Brown went on pissing and moaning about the popularity of Carrey’s statement: “Sadly, his divisive comment has received more than 3,400 retweets and more than 1,600 ‘favorites’ as of this printing, proving once again that the power wielded by Hollywood celebrities carries a very real influence.”
Other Right wing nut jobs have called the tweet “mean” and “cruel” and “unfair.“
I mean sure, we clearly have to worry about the feelings of those who react to the mass slaughter of children by immediately rushing out to purchase the types of weapons those children were slaughtered with. After all, there is absolutely nothing tactless, pathological, cruel and soul less about doing that. How dare anyone criticize them for the worthless human beings they are?
It is astounding. Really. Just about everything angers the Right: people having access to healthcare, fair wages, environmental protection, the poor, women, gays, racial minorities, immigrants, education, science, reducing gun violence, straight people who have no problem with gay people, minorities voting, liberals voting, atheists…everything is an ungodly offense to them.
I received a letter from a reader telling me that he lives in a small community where the local outdoor hunting and fishing store has been selling eight assault weapons a day all before noon. As soon as they get a shipment, people flock in to purchase the new AR-15s. That is adding over forty assault weapons per week to his community, he complained.
Anyone who owns, brandishes, and loves a high-capacity military killing device or guns in general has some serious mental demons that no amount of armor-piercing, cop killer bullets can kill. Gun fetish and worship is just another pathological mental disorder and those who advocate and embrace it, especially this shortly after such a horrific massacre, truly have nothing worth saving and protecting – under any amendment. What they did is like buying cyanide gas a week after people have been freed from gas chambers.