Billy Johnson’s genius is in his tendency to look at things from a different angle – one you may not have considered – and then present his point simply and clearly. In his latest piece for the NRA, ‘Everyone Gets a Gun’, he notes that unlike the nation’s polices promoting things likes free speech, equal employment, home ownership and higher eduction, when it comes to firearms, America has an anti-gun policy. That’s based on the premise that we need to be protected from firearms. Then he really strays over to the dark side, asking, “What would happen if we designed gun policy around the assumption that people need guns — that guns make people’s lives better?” Why, that would mean creating guns-required zones, rewarding people for arming themselves, teaching firearms safety and competency from an early age. Can you conceive of a world in which we deal with guns as a need rather than a problem to be regulated and controlled? We know one person who sure can’t . . .
Everyone’s favorite civilian disarmament sock puppet, Shannon Watts, saw Billy’s little thought experiment and went into a predictable, ostensibly maternal tizzy.
OMG you guys! Look! We caught the NRA saying they want to use taxpayer money to give guns to kids! And now they’re trying to distance themselves from it!
Shannon’s hissy wasn’t in vain, though. It had the desired effect, whipping up her dozens of anencephalic acolytes for whom a thought experiment is hopelessly beyond their capacity. And her post prompted some predictable responses to the video from anti-gunners for whom gun (and knife) violence — as long as it’s in pursuit of a good cause — is always warranted.
Since her followers don’t have much else to do, why not inject a little homophobia, too?
And while they’re stamping their feet and spittle’s dripping from the corners of their mouths, might as well threaten rape and murder.
Yep, Shannon’s followers are an unquestionably classy bunch.
Don’t try to let Shannon know what you think of her desire to disarm law abiding Americans, though. While the Moms’ FB page is open to all manner of supportive feedback, try to put up a comment arguing a point or disputing their logic and it will be taken down quicker than a hobo on a ham sandwich. Or a former PR exec on a billionaire’s check book.