Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Annals of Gun Nutsery

According to Rep. James Lankford, (R-OK), guns don’t kill people.  Welfare moms who medicate their kids with free drugs kill people.

CONSTITUENT: My question is regarding the guns and is Washington at all aware of the psychotropic drugs that these children are taking? I guarantee it 100 percent that’s our big problem. [...]

LANKFORD: I agree with that. I think there’s a bunch of issues that, quite frankly, most liberals are afraid to talk about. [...] Where are we on all those psychiatric drugs? We’ve overmedicated kids. Quite frankly some of the overmedication of kids are because welfare moms want to get additional benefits and if they can put them on SSI through maintenance drugs, they can also put them on Social Security disability and get a separate check. That is wrong on every single level. Not only is it fraudulent to the government, but it also tells a kid with great potential, “don’t try because you’re disabled.”

This genius is the fifth-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.  And they let him out without supervision.  Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t bring up the welfare Cadillac and the young bucks buying T-bone steaks with food stamps.  Why let perfectly good racially-tinged stereotypes go to waste?

And then there’s this bit of brilliance for cutting down on gun violence in high schools: teach the kids how to shoot.

Since the shooting in Newton, Connecticut, some lawmakers have introduced legislation to allow teachers and school officials to carry firearms. But one South Carolina lawmaker is taking the NRA’s “more guns will keep schools safe” argument even further, with a new bill that would teach teenagers how to shoot.

Sen. Lee Bright (R), the sponsor of the legislation, argues that “the more guns we have the safer we are.” “[H]ad there been someone in Newtown with a weapon, had it been a teacher, they could have stopped it early,” Bright explained.

Bright says he got the idea after hearing from older constituents who “remembered the days” when students could join a rifle team or learn about shooting during a school day. “We’ve got football, we’ve got basketball, and we’ve got baseball,” says Bright. “I think if they had a hunting team, it would be a great idea.”

What could possibly go wrong?  After all, we all know that teenagers are mature, sure in their judgment, not prone to flashes of temper, and always think before doing anything, right?  Just ask those folks out at Columbine High School in Colorado.  They know all too well about a “hunting team.”

And then there’s Ted Nugent, the one-hit wonder rock star who makes Sarah Palin sound like Edmund Burke:

I’m part of a very great experiment in self-government where we the people determine our own pursuit of happiness and our own individual freedom and liberty not to be confused with the Barack Obama gang who believes in we the sheeple and actually is attempting to re-implement the tyranny of King George that we escaped from in 1776. And if you want another Concord Bridge, I got some buddies.

He’s got some buddies?  Well, I don’t think we’re quite ready for a remake of Deliverance.

We’re well into the stage in the gun discussion where the loons start calling out.  We see this in just about every debate over every issue; remember the lunacy that cropped up when we were talking about free contraception as part of the healthcare law — hold an aspirin between your knees, ladies — and the marriage equality debate always brings up the folks who claim that if two men can get married, why can’t they marry their dog?  After all, a dog can be a signatory to a legal contract, right?

This is all a part of the discussion.  We’ll hear more and more fresh ideas from the peanut gallery before we finally get down to the serious debate about guns and safety and end up doing nothing.  That’s the one sheer lunacy that will come true.

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  1. While I would prefer the part of Ted Nuggent ‘s promise to be dead if Obama won reelection I wouldn’t mind seeing this miscreant locked away in a federal penitentiary somewhere

  2. He has threatened the President and other government officials on more than one occasion. If there’s ever a candidate for “Shut up and sing” (does he sing? I’ve never actually heard his music), it’s ol’ Ted.

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