As usual, Republicans hate facts and live in a totally different reality from us.
I’m pretty sure it’s both.
Just trying to pass my trial to become a Grey Warden (the first mission in the game after completing the “origin story”) and I keep getting my butt kicked by the darkspawn. My journey has barely begun, and yet it keeps ending.
Complaining that guns get a bad rap, NRA News commentator Bill Johnson says he is "baffled by why society is so damn afraid of" open carry guns, claiming that guns ”are no more capable of intimidation than my vacuum is capable of cleaning my house, or my lawn mower is capable of mowing my lawn.”
"Somehow we have completely dehumanized gun violence, and have instead humanized guns. Guns kill. Guns strike fear. Guns intimidate. Seriously? They’re just bits of plastic and metal.”
Fact: In 2013, 30 people were killed in the U.S. *each day* by these “bits of plastic and metal.”
And while NRA tries to downplay the significance of gun threats, in 2013 they spent nearly three million dollars in lobbying to block laws that would strengthen background checks, lower the amount of illegal firearm trafficking, and reduce the number of gun deaths.
It’s only a matter of time before they actually adopt the Night Vale NRA slogans now:
Also, hey, guess what a vacuum cleaner is designed to do, and makes easier? That’s right, cleaning your house. Lawn mowers? They sure make it easier to mow your lawn. Otherwise you’d be wearing out countless pairs of scissors (yes, he actually does say those things about vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers in the video).
Guns themselves may not kill/intimidate, but they sure as fuck make it easier for people with violent tendencies to scare and intimidate others when without a gun they’re complete losers that nobody would give two shits about and they fucking know it. But introduce a gun to the situation, and hey! Suddenly people listen to them because otherwise that violent person, who would otherwise be a harmless nobody with stupid ideas, will use their gun for its intended purpose.
In fighting the “dehumanization” of gun crime, the NRA is dehumanizing the victims of gun crimes. Guns are not autonomous evil things. But they are a favorite tool of evil people, and they are far too easy for evil people to get their hands on.
Apparently “OH SHIT, BUMP IT, BUMP IT” is NOT an appropriate response to hearing the Reading Rainbow theme song.
I should probably mention I was at work
I’m a children’s librarian for further context
I FORGOT TO MENTION THIS WAS IN THE BACK OFFICE I WASN’T IN FRONT OF ANYONE IN THE PUBLIC
A saga in four parts
Ugh. Kids these days. With their taste in things that’s different than my taste in things was when I was their age due to the ever-evolving media landscape and constantly growing range of options and things that have nothing to do with their intelligence or anything going down hill. Get off my lawn.
I’m getting OK at #1. Need more practice, though.
(Thanks to commieslut for showing me this)
Fox News reacts:
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Well, my plan of sleeping today away didn’t work.
Trying on clothes is really hard when you hate yourself. Liking someone is really hard when you hate yourself. Eating is really hard when you hate yourself. Life is really hard when you hate yourself.
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