Bullies

Good question:

Gun loons 1

Hiding behind cars, too? Really? (Update: more on the incident here.)

Gun bullies 2

Meanwhile, pro-gun-as-they-come Dick Metcalf writes an opinion piece in Guns & Ammo calling for “mandatory training for gun owners” and suffers the wrath of the gun fetishists:

Robert Farago, who maintains a blog called The Truth About Guns, started the ball rolling by linking to — and denouncing — Metcalf’s “diatribe.” He went on to describe the article as a “bone-headed, uninformed, patently obvious misinterpretation of the Second Amendment.” Other bloggers piled on. On the Guns & Ammo Facebook page, subscribers demanded Metcalf’s head, even as they canceled their subscriptions.

Finally, according to a blog post Metcalf wrote, two major gun manufacturers told InterMedia Outdoors that they would pull all their advertising if something wasn’t done. That’s all it took. Within 24 hours, Metcalf was permanently banned from the company’s publications. And the longtime editor of Guns & Ammo, Jim Bequette, who was planning to retire at the end of the year, was pushed out as well.

I’d feel sorry for Metcalf and Bequette except clearly they have spent years amongst the foamy-mouthed Second Amendment loons and had no idea how extreme this crowd has become. Anything that strays even a millimeter away from the viewpoint that all gun owners are the most wonderful, perfect, awesomest Americans ever is not allowed. These aren’t sportsmen, they aren’t patriots, it’s a cult, plain and simple.

People who are truly empowered aren’t threatened by moms meeting to discuss gun violence or a writer suggesting that maybe every gun owner isn’t responsible with their firearms.

That these things threaten them tells us everything we need to know. This is the kind of threat that no amount firepower can alleviate. Their problem is a psychological one. Maybe they’ll be able to get some mental health services under Obamacare.

13 Comments

Filed under gun control, gun violence

13 responses to “Bullies

  1. ThresherK

    Am I allowed to laugh at the “Ninotchka Cycle” beginning anew?

    Purity self-regulation amongst 2d amendmenters may well result in “fewer, yet better enthusiasts”.

  2. Yes, of course, Thresher, you are allowed to laugh, BUT this does not prevent the gun crazies from continuing to shoot up our neighborhoods. Also, on line today was the Houston TX story about a ‘huge house party’ becoming violent, two dead and many wounded…just because the ‘good guys with guns had them at the shindgig and blasted away. Sounds like our TN gun lunatics took their ‘stand my ground idiocy’ and moved it to Tejas! But here in Knoxville, we have lost 12 young people, shot dead in the streets, in a car, one pregnant, one in her yard, a new mother of twins and 2 more children. So, no, laughing is not what I do. I have attended 4 ‘stop the gun violence’ rallies, signed many petitions and talked with my City Councilman about it all. This is MY community.

  3. I was thinking about blogging on something, and this is probably going to wind up being the first paragraph.

    “It has been said that ‘Money is the root of all evil’. There is some hairsplitting that goes on with some people claiming that “The pursuit/love/desire for money is the root of all evil. Lately I have been thinking about that statement and I disagree with its premise. I do not think that money or greed are the root of all evil. I think that fear is the root of all evil and this I why I think that.”

    It is my unlettered, unlicensed and unfettered opinion that ALL of our bad behavior is, ultimately, fear based. I will be developing this (I hope) over the next few days.

    The gunzloonz are like all bullies, they fear that which they see as a threat and they NEED teh gunz to be tough guys. They’re fucking pathetic, but they’re also responsible for a lot of pain and suffering, so I can’t just laugh them off.

    • That’s an interesting idea. I paraphrase the other idea as GREED is the root of all evil. After giving these matters deep consideration for about 10 seconds, I still think I have it right. Fear is one of the tools used by the mega-greedy to manipulate the rest of us.

      Fear is a deep and powerful human emotion. It provides lots of hot buttons that can be pushed by those with no principles.

      JzB

      • The thing is that greed is caused by fear. All of the terrible shit that happens (that which is caused by man, I mean) is in reaction to someone being afraid–even if that fear is just that other people will be okay.

  4. Amid all the hysteria, did anyone say what’s wrong with mandatory training for gun owners? To drive a car, you have to pass a driving test and get a license. Why not the same before you can shoot a gun?

    Sigh.

  5. The Metcalf issue boils down to a simple question. Does the archaic wording of the 2nd Amendment need to be taken literally in 21st-century gun policy? The true fanatics say “shall not be infringed” means exactly that – no restrictions whatever. Of course every reasonable person on either side of the debate knows that’s ridiculous. Even Justice Scalia, no friend to gun control, said as much.

    About the open carry demonstrators, I kinda like them. In their incredibly stupid and stubborn way, they’re doing their own cause more harm than good.

    • A cursory reading of the Bill of Rights shows that the only Amendment/Article that has an “inoperative clause” at its beginning is, strangely, the 2nd. The whole parsing of the wording by KKKonservatives and gunzloonz is stupid, dishonest and hypocritical.

    • The true fanatics say “shall not be infringed” means exactly that – no restrictions whatever.

      The Supreme Court has ruled on multiple occasions that governments have the right to set limits on guns. So, parse the wording all you want, but SCOTUS sets the law of the land and they say that’s BS.

  6. OzarkHillbilly

    If Virginia is for lovers, what is Texas for?

  7. deep

    This:

    On Saturday, nearly 40 armed men, women, and children waited outside a Dallas, Texas area restaurant

    and

    The group moved to a nearby Hooters after approximately two hours.

    tell me all I need to know about these idiots.

  8. Kosh III

    Soneone should have told them they were supposed to wear brown shirts.