So it happened that I ignored it when he said that the dead kids of UCSB didn't trump his 2nd Amendment rights; I winced, but let it go. Ever since Charlton Heston gravely intoned that he would relinquish his guns when they were taken from his cold, dead hands (which shows at least, some acceptance of what it might mean to be outgunned, no?) firearms enthusiasts have articulated some form of "over my dead body!" to describe their reluctance to relinquish any license to keep and bear their arms. It just seemed especially tacky to take an "over your kid's dead body!" stand. But so what? Into every life, some tackiness must fall.
But I really must remark upon the thing he said so very lately:
Wurzelbacher lists several reasons for owning a gun (home invasion, etc.) but says the best reason for owning a gun is to keep politicians from trying to take said gun.
“Guns are mostly for hunting down politicians who would actively seek to take your freedoms and liberty away from you. Google ‘Hitler, Mao, Kim Jung-il, Castro, Stalin’ just for starters,” he suggests.
“Whistles don’t protect women from rape – a Glock does!” he added. “When armed men come into your house to steal, a baseball bat doesn’t cut it. Unless you have an automatic-baseball bat. I want one of those – email me.
“When a nut-job decides to go on a killing spree and the cops are 5 to 15 minutes away, you are screwed unless you are carrying a Colt.”
"Guns are mostly for hunting down politicians"? Not home defense or hunting? Seriously? He's actually articulated the most anti-democratic statement in the world. Think about this--he's kind of saying John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald were just patriots doing what they thought was right. Sure, you can Google really shitty autocratic dictators and find lots of reasons why their oxygen permits should have been revoked, but you won't actually find happy stories about how those motherfuckers were wasted by well-armed citizens and everybody lived happily ever after.
And honest to actual fuck--is he unaware that women have been raped--at gunpoint? That women are likely to be raped by someone they know, who attacks them at close quarters, not some rando they might think to pull a gun on? What is a woman to do--stick a Glock in her bra and live like that? And when a nutjob like Jared Loughner fires on a crowd, actually, being screwed might mean shooting the wrong guy by mistake, which, thankfully didn't happen, but still.
Basically, none of what he said was even close to right. When do we decide the 2008 McCampaign mascots are totally done, then?