We could easily fill the pages of this blog with gun control related items in the wake of the Newtown shooting, but I’m personally going to resist that urge, partially because the shooting hasn’t changed the fundamentals of the debate, it has only changed the political climate, and partially because I hate the way both sides politicized such events, especially in the immediate aftermath.
What I will do is post individual outrages as I run across them, rather than rehash the whole gun control debate. That is why I posted about NRA A rated Senator Manchin waffling.
Here is another post worthy outrage.
A professor of history at the University of Rhode Island tweeted that he wanted the NRA president’s “head on a stick.” After people accused Professor Erik Loomis of wanting to assassinate LePierre, the head of the NRA, he clarified, saying that it was only a metaphor. He tweeted: “Dear right-wing morons, saying you ‘want someone’s head on a stick’ is a metaphor. I know metaphor is hard for you to understand.— ?Erik Loomis.” In another tweet, he added, “Dear rightwingers, to be clear, I don’t want to see Wayne LaPierre dead. I want to see him in prison for the rest of his life.” He called upon the Obama administration to repeal the Second Amendment and labeled the NRA a terrorist organization
First of all, those who said this was a call to assassinate Wayne Lapierre were grandstanding and such feigned outrage is unhelpful because it makes us look like a bunch of idiots and/or fearful little children. The hysteria of the Professor Loomises of the world should be met with calm resolve, not counter-hysteria. Let Loomis reveal himself as a fearful little child. Our side needs to be better than that. What is outrageous is that this clown makes clear that he wants LaPierre in prison for life in what was supposed to be a Tweet aimed at getting himself out of the hole he had dug himself into. Exactly what crime does History Professor Loomis think Lapierre should be tried for?