Skip to main content

I know that Louie Gohmert represents one of the most insanely Republican districts in the country--an R+21 district in east Texas.  But even allowing for that, you would think that some things would be just too idiotic even for someone in a district that red to say.

Brooklynbadboy has a diary on the the rec list in which Gohmert--apparently the only 2nd Amendment extremist to speak publicly this weekend--suggested that if Sandy Hook's teachers had been carrying, Friday's massacre would have never happened.  But believe it or not, Gohmert actually said something loonier than that during this soliloquy.  He actually suggested that the 20 kids found dead in that school had defensive wounds.  No, I'm not kidding.

GOHMERT: Once we have this actually open dialogue about the situation, Chris, you find out that -- and John Lott has done some great investigation and study into this. Every mass killing of more than three people in recent history has been in a place where guns were prohibited. These -- except for one, they choose this place, they know no one ill be armed.

You know, having been a judge and having reviewed photographs of these horrific scenes and knowing that children have these defensive wounds, gun shots through their arms and hands as they try to protect themselves, and, hearing the heroic stories of the principal, lunging, trying to protect -- Chris, I wish to god she had had an M-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out and she didn’t have to lung heroically with nothing in her hands, but she takes him out, takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids.

ThinkProgress has the video.

Let's see if we've got this right.  These kids were shot to pieces with an assault rifle that is basically a minor-league version of a military rifle---as many as 11 times in some cases--and they somehow had DEFENSIVE wounds?  If the NRA's base sincerely thinks this, then it's even more of a reason for truly honest gun owners to walk out and leave that organization as an empty shell.  And it might be a reason for Baylor to demand that Gohmert give back his law degree.

This video needs to go viral.  Granted, it's going to be a longshot to get rid of Gohmert.  Ever since dumping Max Sandlin in the heavily gerrymandered 1st in 2004, he hasn't gotten less than 68 percent of the vote.  But somehow, you'd think even voters in districts this red have standards.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site