Adrienne BoettingerMonday,18 November 2013

The Snap:

Whenever it seems gun rights advocates can’t be bigger assclowns, they pick up their assault weapons and blow that notion out of the water. If they’re not waving handguns around demanding their Starbucks Pumpkin Lattes, they’re holding hostage a quartet of gun control activists in a Tex-Mex restaurant, or shooting demon printing machines in vitamin stores. Their schedules really are quite busy. They almost don’t have time to orchestrate all the political recalls necessary to oust anyone daring to limit their right to wield weapons around willy-nilly.

The Download:

Let’s be clear upfront: I think many attempts at gun control legislation have been almost pointless. There are somewhere between 270 and 310 million guns in this violent country of ours and none of the laws that I’ve seen proposed even hint at trying to take those guns away. Only about 1/3 of Americans actually own guns but those that do own a lot, and know people with a lot of political power, so it’s not like those guns are going to magically disappear.

And yet, even minor attempts to control who can own guns, what they need to do to own them, or how much ammo they can buy, send gun rights advocates into a spittle-flinging rage wherein the only answer is to shoot a printer or prevent people from enjoying a frappuccino without being afraid they’ll be accidentally shot.

One of the more terrifying stories so far involved the gathering of 40-plus Open Carry Texas members outside a restaurant to oppose FOUR members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, quietly eating nachos inside the restaurant. Those defending OCT ignore the fact that many of the protesters appeared to be in violation of Texas’ ridiculously lax gun laws; OCT’s defenders say that the evil unarmed liberal media isn’t showing the full story which includes a picture of these gun-toting patriots posing in the parking lot with an American flag. I don’t care if they were holding Baby Jesus dolls and singing “Give Peace a Chance;” standing in a parking lot, brandishing weapons and staring down FOUR gun control advocates is unacceptable.

For another look at unacceptable gun craziness, the Washington Times had Stephen Halbrook pen an opinion piece, promoting mania from his recently released book. In the piece, he discussed the idea that because “defenseless Jews” had to register their guns, those guns were easily confiscated and thus the Holocaust began, claiming the lives of approximately 11 million people. Of course this means that any attempt at gun registration in America will result in the Holocaust, Stalin’s Russia and Pol Pot’s Cambodia all rolled into one.

Give. Me. A. Fucking. Break.

I really shouldn’t be surprised that gun advocates like Halbrook would decide to use the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht to promote their cause. I shudder to think what they’ll do as we get closer to the 1st anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.


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Hat Tips:

JezebelSlateHuffington PostSan Jose Mercury NewsPew Research CenterNational ReviewWashington Times, Image Credit: Flickr

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