Meanwhile, in an effort to publicly demonstrate his gun-rights chops, Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) drew applause from constituents at a local event when he pulled off his suit jacket to display an NRA T-shirt underneath.1. There is a fairly old idea floating around that politicians should have to wear the logos of the corporations and lobbying groups they're beholden to. Was that where you got your idea from, Rep. Thompson?
“You know, the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. It’s about safety,” Thompson said, telling the crowd that he carries his concealed carry permit on him at all times. “If someone is coming into my house in the middle of the night to hurt my family, I want as many bullets as possible.”
“I do not want the Obama administration to have anything like a registry of guns,” Thompson added, on the subject of background checks.
2. What does a "registry of guns" have to do with your ability to pump many, many bullets into anyone who might enter your house in the middle of the night? Are the bullets only effective if they're secret? Would using registered guns detract from the sexual titillation of imagining yourself as the action-film hero of your family's imaginary firefight?
3. Why do you want "as many bullets as possible" for your imaginary firefight with (a) your cat, who has just knocked a lamp off the table or (b) your child, who had snuck out earlier and was trying to come back in unannounced or (c) the neighbor kid, coming to boost your HDTV or (d) Mexican drug cartels, who have decided to annex your hallway bathroom and turn it into their new cartel break room? Are you that bad a shot? Do you imagine that taking time to reload after pumping a single-digit number of bullets into your foe will allow them to regenerate?
4. How many mass murders do we need to allow, each year, in order for you to continue your little masturbatory fantasy about killing imaginary people who come into your home in the middle of the night? How many accidental shootings? How much gang violence? How many similarly high-powered guns going to the very people you're supposedly protecting yourself from? How many children finding their parents loaded arsenals under the bed, each year, the arsenals that couldn't be locked up or otherwise made inaccessible because then your little masturbatory fantasy about easily spraying your own home with gunfire in the middle of any random night would seem slightly less immediate? Name your price, Mr. Thompson. If the status quo is a fine and decent price to pay, what would constitute too much, and sway you to action?
5. Why should the rest of us put up with your little masturbatory fantasies at all, given the obvious toll they have been extracting?