— Matt Osborne (@OsborneInk) January 4, 2016
Albert Burneko on the home-grown terrorists who have seized a Federal building out in Oregon:
“Here is the thing. These men are not frightening. They are jamokes. They are exactly jamokes. Their guns, on the other hand, are very frightening—for precisely and entirely the same reason and to absolutely the same degree that those same guns would be frightening in the hands of toddlers. Not because the people holding those guns are serious, but because the people holding those guns are not serious.
This, my good buddies, is the entire American pro-gun argument made (embarrassing, oh my God so fucking embarrassing) flesh. A big scary gun lends a degree of real power even to the variety of sad, corny-ass loser who invades and occupies what is essentially a fancy birdhouse in the name of ending tyranny. That is the whole reason to have a big scary gun. Not as a safeguard against home invaders or the totalitarian state, but as a safeguard against a clear-eyed reckoning with plain reality. A gun is—or at least these jamokes hope it is—a Get Out Of Getting Laughed At Free card. When you call these horse’s asses ‘terrorists,’ you are not only dignifying their ridiculous, impotent actions, you are doing them the biggest favor for which they can hope.”
But they are, literally, terrorists. They’re using the threat of violence to instill fear and further a laughable, hypocritical, and self-serving agenda. So I think the word sticks.
It tougher for me to read the tea leaves from over here in South Korea, but this will hopefully be something of a tipping point against both right-wing “militia” doofuses and gun-nuttery in general.
I mean, a boy can dream.