Nothing says “I love the Constitution” like shouting down the father of a dead six year old boy.
I’ve always said that Republicans, and gun nuts included, don’t really love the Constitution – they love one amendment. The rest, not so much.
The Connecticut general assembly held hearings on the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, where 20 six- and seven- year-olds were mass-murdered by a young man with an assault rifle who systematically shot each child three times to ensure that they were dead.
The gun nuts showed up at the hearing in full form, some even in combat fatigues because, what a better way to say “I’m not a nut” than to come to a hearing on the murder of children dressed as some wannabe-soldier.
From the ctpost:
“The Second Amendment!” was shouted a couple of times by as many as a dozen gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his slain 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster assault-style weapons are allowed to be sold in the state.
“There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened,” said Heslin, who said he grew up using guns and was undisturbed by the interruption of his testimony.
“That wasn’t just a killing, it was a massacre,” said Heslin, who recalled dropping off his son at Sandy Hook Elementary school shortly before Lanza opened fire. “I just hope some good can come out of this.”
The ctpost goes on to note:
The sometimes boisterous public hearing — after nearly four hours of testimony from State Police, parents of slain Newtown first-graders and city mayors — seemed dominated by gun owners, who railed at more than 90 proposed bills.
Of course they were. They gun nuts are crazy, but they’re not stupid. They’re simply adopting the teabaggers’ strategy of shouting down the health care reform townhall meetings in the summer of 2009. If you act crazy enough you can scare the bejeesus out of legislators, and vote counters, and Supreme Court justices deciding a presidential election. Republicans have always known this. And it’s a tactic they routinely deploy.
Of course it’s not just for show. The gun nuts really are crazy, so when they yell and scream, and heckle the father of recently murdered child, the crazy is real.
And they’re crazy when they allege that the entire Sandy Hook massacre is really a government hoax created to take away their guns.
And they were crazy when they wouldn’t let the Justice Department even peek to see if any suspected 9/11 terrorists had bought a gun in the US. Mind you, we all lost civil liberties after September 11 – but guess who didn’t? Gun nuts. Their right to carry a piece of metal into a JC Penney and scare the bejesus out of moms and dads shopping with their children was more important than September 11. But none of the rest of our constitutional rights trumped finding those who murdered 3,000 Americans on that horrible day.
After all, these are people who think America is one step away from becoming Nazi Germany. If you push a gun owner hard enough, more often than not they’ll admit that the real reason they want guns is to stop the US government from becoming Hitler. And while it’s an admirable goal to remember the lessons of history, if you think Nancy Pelosi bears any resemblance to Eva Braun, then you are prima facie evidence as to why far too many gun owners don’t have the mental capacity to own a gun.
Gun nuts are not “law-abiding citizens.” Far too often they’re people who hate America, hate our government, hate our leaders, and hate any part of the Constitution that doesn’t deal with having the right to mass murder children during a juice-break. You simply are not sane if you think America is on the verge of becoming a totalitarian state, and if you think Barack Obama is a socialist. But we’ve tolerated insane-talk far too long from the Republican party (from Palin, Romney, Priebus and all the rest), and from the NRA. And then we all act surprised when some gun nut picks up a gun every three months and blows innocent people away.
If “mainstream” political parties and gun lobbyists keep telling their followers that America is on the verge of a Soviet/Hitlerian takeover, and the only thing stopping the next Stalin from moving into the Oval Office is an AR-15, then at some point someone is going to use his AR-15 to stop Stalin and all of his enablers, be they the ATF, the President of the United States, or a six year old boy who simply wanted to make it to Christmas.