Humvee’s were once an invincible brand, now they’re gone – let’s do the same with brand gun

Remember the Hummer?

In 2006 over 71,000 were sold, up 8% on the previous year. As the marketing literature went, owning a Hummer made a statement. Hummer owners lover the fact that their car was big, ugly and intimidating. They even loved the fact that it was a gas guzzler.

Three years later the brand was dead.

The financial crash killed the Hummer, but sales were already declining before the collapse of Lehman brothers triggered the financial meltdown. People still drive SUVs, but the Hummer has become the symbol of George W. Bush’s second gilded age.

Once ubiquitous, Hummers have become a rare sight on the roads. And that is what has to happen with the gun nut culture.

For years the gun nuts have avoided the social consequences of their diseased mentality. They succeeded in shutting down all conversation on gun control by presenting the triumph of gun-nuttery as inevitable, a wining political argument.

We have to reverse that. Whenever a gun-nut Senator appears in town, we need the demonstrations out there chanting ‘Hey Hey NRA, How many kids did you kill today?” We have to put the enablers of child killers in the same box we put child molesters. Membership in the NRA should be considered as socially unacceptable as membership in NAMBLA.

If you think that goes a bit far, take a look at today’s story in the (paywalled) New York Times. Newtown has been gun-nut central for quite a while.

It isn’t just the guns that are the problem, its the people with the guns and the gun nut culture. Newtown is home to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun-nut lobby for people who think the NRA isn’t gun-nutty enough.

The NRA isn’t afraid to play dirty. They don’t try to win the argument, instead they use agenda denial to stop discussion of gun control from the start. Politicians are proud to present their NRA credentials, we have to turn that around and burn the NRA brand by linking it to the massacres the gun-nut culture has enabled, to Aurora, to Newtown. The terms ‘cop killer bullets’ and ‘assault weapons’ were highly effective in the battle against the NRA gun-culture, we need to seize that rhetorical ground again.

In 2006, it looked as if Hummer culture was unstoppable. A few years later the Hummer brand was gone. It’s time to kill another invincible brand: Brand gun.

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  • Harakudoshi

    I agree, weapons do need stricter regulations on them. And the h2 and h3 were stupid wastes, but don’t you DARE bring the am general hummer ‘h1′ into the mix of the atrocious General Motors fuck ups. The humvee is awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/nilbud Sean O’Nilbud

    You’re spouting stupid nonsense. How about this, you’re thick, we both know that, so once again you’ve made a mistake. Shut up you witless gullible dunce and get an education instead of repeating bullshit.

  • http://twitter.com/nilbud Sean O’Nilbud

    Where’s the well regulated militia? Set up a place called Camp Militia and put all the gun nuts in it. When they let go of their guns they can go home and whenever they want to visit their guns they can book a week in Camp Militia the most well regulated place on Earth.

  • samizdat

    250 million guns, at least, in the last figure I saw. Which was several years ago. The funny thing about that number is that a fairly small percentage owned the majority of that volume of death-machines.

  • http://twitter.com/TheButterZone Alwin Roe

    The enablers of child killers… “gun control” (pro-criminal safety) advocates? How many children have to die in the “gun free zones” you worship before you all go to prison for aiding and abetting juvicide? Tens of millions?

  • monopole
  • http://ferryfolk.com Danalan

    We need to classify guns into at least two types: sporting and killing. Killing weapons are those designed to kill people, like most pistols and all assault rifles. Killing weapons should be registered to a person who is held responsible for securing the weapon safely at all times. Either locked up or on their person. The problem is we try to parse the issue too finely. I think it’s entirely reasonable to have a killing weapon, if you’re licensed and keep it safely.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    We hear former Gov. Schwarzenegger has sold his six Hummers and bought a vacu-pump.

  • http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Arel Harry R. Sohl

    I’m certain Fox News will be all over it. Why, four Americans died half-way across the world in Benghazi and they want Obama to move heaven and earth. I’m sure that now we’ve had seven Benghazi’s just at the local elementary school (five of them were of kids aged 6 and 7) they’ll stop at nothing to make certain it could never happen again. right?

    We’ve had about 40 “9/11′s” since 9/11 in America from guns – some 125,000 deaths. What will it take?

  • Ann Stauner

    I have always thought, when I’ve heard arguments equating guns with freedom that it is just the opposite. It is our laws and our collective commitment to those laws that keep up safe and free. Not our guns. If it becomes just about guns, then it becomes every man, woman and child for themselves. Is that really a ‘free’ society. I tend to agree with FDR’s idea of the Four Freedoms one of which is freedom from fear. For a really good opinion piece on this point see New York Times – The Freedom of An Armed Society by Firmin Debrabander, a philosophy professor. It is very good. And very on point.

  • Naja pallida

    Would be a bad bet for the insurance industry. They like to gamble, but not that much. :)

  • Shivas

    a car leaves the road, goes up on a sidewalk and kills several pedestrians. I spokesman for the auto lobby goes on Fox news and says, “If only those pedestrians were in cars.”

    The arguments of the gun lobby are ridiculous. I read the other day of a proposal that gun owners have insurance. I think that is a great idea. The cost should be pegged to the carnage they create. Victims would be compensated from a fund. Rates go up or down depending on factors such as lethality of the firearm, the security of the storage, the usage (hunting, open carry, never leaves house, etc), the training and stability of the owner, the number of firearms owned, previous incidents. Rates go up for misuse or breaking insurance terms. This way there would at least be an incentive to have gun owners be more responsible with their toys, getting training, improving storage, reducing the quantities of guns. (I mean, how many do you really need?) To me one or two long guns and one or two handguns is plenty. If you can’t defend your home with that, you’re going down anyway.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    My observation, having read and contributed to the nearly 500 comments generated on this site in the past week are several. The most disturbing is the vehement and angry “Out of my cold dead hands” types. The viscous murders of twenty children and several teachers is seldom even held in pause for their consideration. They rant instead about Amendment rights, brag about the will to kill and challenge anyone to stop them. This is the very heart of the mental illness problem: Ordinary gun owning citizens, millions of them don’t act that way and most are decent responsible citizens struck by the horror of the event. America is murdering itself and the NRA is only too glad to make a fortune doing it.-The NRA has to be weakened, if not destroyed as a killing lobby. Congress to the rescue?, well, no wonder both citizens and gun nut jobs hate the government.—a former NRA member.

  • Mike_in_Houston

    I’m all in favor of gun control. As far as I’m concerned, we can start by throwing out the fucking Second Amendment and go from there. So here is my question: Is there a plan to do something about the millions (probably billions) of guns that are already in circulation in this country? I don’t think we can line everybody up and have them throw their guns and other weapons in the ocean, which would probably cause at least an inch rise in the ocean level anyway, which we also don’t need. As long as the guns are in circulation, the nuts can get hold of them. So does anybody have a plan for those?

  • Naja pallida

    When you make access to guns easier and cheaper than access to mental health care, it can’t be a surprise which one some people will choose.

  • monopole

    First the Hummer, now assault rifles, how will guys with microscopic genitalia over-compensate now?

    http://justjoep.blogspot.com/2012/02/hummer-now-everyone-will-know.html

  • guest1

    I think the real problem is insanity not guns

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