Knee Jerk

The last week’s conversations have been dominated by the Connecticut child massacre. What have I learned from all this? First, I have learned that an unfortunately large percentage of Republicans present the buffoonish right-wing crank reply one would expect to see in a caricature like this unfortunately accurate Tom Tomorrow cartoon:

from This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

from This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

That is to say that I know people who have literally never discussed any firearms-related topics with me, who found occasion this week to argue the immediate necessity for assault weapons for home defense. It was slightly shocking and not-so-slightly disturbing. I find it disheartening that these people are so easily led to introducing right-wing talking points into conversations without the slightest hint of pertinence to the original topic. The worst part is that any profession of skepticism of the stated right-wing talking points will result in accusations of being a shill for that “black black blackity black secret Muslim Kenyan negro communist – I mean for God’s sake look at him, can’t you see he’s a neeegro?!?!!” Experience holds that the appropriate response is a mention of someone’s child’s recent sporting match. It was once weather, but any mention of the unusual warmth immediately leads to “God damned liberal Global Warming conspiracy to … -incoherent- … jackbooted United Nations thugs … -incoherent- … take away our … -incoherent- … cold, dead hands. Wolverines!!!!!”