Because It’s Not About Guns


Case in point:


This is a comment waiting approval this morning (and no, I won’t) on this week’s Tennessee Gun Report thread. This is rather mild compared to some of the stuff I’ve received and routinely delete. Stats tells me I got a link on, so I’m gonna guess that’s where this lovely missive came from.


Mother Jones looks at the gun extremists’ attacks on women, especially the women behind Moms Demand Action. It’s a must-read. Specifically:


The Female Mannequin Firing Squad
Open Carry Texas takes pains to convey a clean, friendly image in the press. Last November, the group made national news after some 40 members armed with assault rifles showed up outside an Arlington, Texas, restaurant where four women from Moms Demand Action were having lunch. The group released a statement saying it was being misunderstood: “In reality, the peaceful gun owners were posing for a photo.” After a rally outside Austin City Hall this April, Grisham told the Texas Tribune, “We’re not out there to bait police officers or to scare the community. We wave, we smile, we hand out fliers. If we see someone who seems really nervous, we’ll talk to them.”

What the group hasn’t publicized are some of its members’ more degrading antics. In March, a group of them held a “mad minute” at a firing range, pulverizing a female mannequin with a hail of bullets. They positioned the figure with her hands raised in surrender, naked from the waist up. Afterward, they posed with the bullet-riddled mannequin, her arms blown off and her pants down at her ankles. “Mad minute” is a military expression referring to a burst of rapid fire, and Open Carry Texas members have often referred to Moms Demand Action as “mad moms.”

Four of the men who shot up the mannequin were present at the Arlington restaurant, including one listed by Open Carry Texas as a board member and the group’s Director of Operations.

Grisham said he was not part of the group at the gun range, but when the mannequin video was posted on Facebook, he commented: “Warms the cockles of my heart.” Recently he called women from Moms Demand Action “ignorant, retarded people,” and last fall he referred to them as “thugs with jugs.”

The thing you have to remember with these guys is that it’s really not about guns. It’s about power, and their inability to deal with a culture in which they have to share that power with women, minorities, Muslims and gays. It’s about feeling culturally irrelevant. It’s about being left behind while the rest of the country moves forward.

You know, a gun isn’t going to solve a psychological problem. Maybe some therapy and anger management classes? I don’t know, but I’m finding the gun loonz increasingly indistinguishable from the rest of the right-wing lunatic fringe (such as these guys, another group unable to come to terms with their cultural irrelevance).


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8 responses to “Because It’s Not About Guns

  1. ThresherK

    The same truism as rape not being about sex.

    “Hold on with (their) cold dead fingers” indeed.

  2. Why are they all so brave? I don’t know, must be the elevation of their testosterone levels that comes from fondling their gunz.

  3. Bitter Scribe

    I just want to know what part of that mannequin most of them were aiming for.

    On second thought, no, I don’t.

  4. greennotGreen

    If you think about a mannequin being just an inanimate target, then the fact that it’s a female mannequin is of no importance. But if the mannequin were that of a child, almost everyone would think that was really sick. So, frankly, I think it’s really sick that they would want to shoot any human-shaped object at all.

  5. Let’s put a Reagan mask on the mannequin – That Would be funny!

  6. The very idea of hating women still seems inhuman and improbable to me. It is simply against my better nature. I will never understand it. Our mothers, sisters and daughters are the very soul of beauty and creation. Kind nature’s gentlest boon.

  7. ReiKKKwing bullies (and the overlap with gunzloonz is, I think, nearly 100%) only pick on those they perceive as being weak. They see women, gays, blacks and furriners in that way. I’ve never seen a group of gunzloonz who want to go toe-to-toe with other men, especially men who know how to use firearms and know that they’re not necessary accessories.