This week, in Thursday’s “RedState” subscriber e-mail, Erick Erickson, the Conservative Christian pundit, told his followers that if Congress passes the bipartisan deal to expand background checks, hashed out by Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Pat Toomey, it will lead to the federal government taking the guns of everyone “…who believe in the physical resurrection of Christ…”
I snicker every time I see it next to Erick’s name in my inbox, as if the mail’s quality is raised to the level of truth or current events by calling it “Morning Briefing:…”, but that was too much!
Erick started by ensnaring his devout readers with his time honored brand of conservative ecstasy, making this statement in his catch line, “Morning Briefing: Believe in Jesus? Hand in your gun!” Then, defying reason, he brought his message to climax, penetrating with the use of the alluring conservative concept of confiscation, and quieted any possible outrage by caressing their inane fear of gun control. After, he moaned with primary pleasure and watched his seed multiply and spread through the one-sided thread.
How can it not be intellectual rape when Erick drives believers by corrupting and inflaming their fears using fantasy and faith?
We’ve been desensitized to gun violence and need a taste of reality… WHEN A FOUR-YEAR-OLD, SURROUNDED BY ADULTS, KILLS A PERSON WITH A FIREARM… IT IS NOT A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT!
Who doesn’t wonder if alcohol was involved when someone dies in a car crash? Did Tennessee law enforcement analyze sobriety while investigating the shooting at a backyard cookout last weekend? In my world, weekend cookouts include alcohol and shouldn’t include loaded firearms, but the mainstream media, even the media we’re constantly told holds a liberal bias, hasn’t connected the dots. Without alcohol, for which I only have suspicions, someone was terribly negligent. With alcohol, by any standard other than the one we use in regard to firearms, someone was criminally negligent.
I believe the Second Amendment became dated when we stopped leaving the rifle by the door on our way in the house, but society can’t see that while we are continually bombarded by such mind numbing ridiculousness exemplified by assuming that shooting could ever be an accident.
While conservatives, with the help of the NRA, mire our country two or three centuries in the past and shroud the logic of that with words like liberty and freedom, the rest of us are making our best efforts to solve the realities of today’s world.
To face those puzzles honestly, we need to rethink everything we take for granted about firearms, the Second Amendment and gun law reform. Most importantly we have to face the absurd reality of what pundits like Erick Erickson have done to Conservatism.
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