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Kerry once again pisses off all the right wingnuts by relaying the info that people overseas think we are fucking insane: 

“We had an interesting discussion about why fewer students are coming to, particularly from Japan, to study in the United States, and one of the responses I got from our officials from conversations with parents here is that they’re actually scared,” Kerry told CNN. “They think they’re not safe in the United States and so they don’t come.”

Well, and I can’t imagine why they’d think that, what with American TV being beamed into space every day telling everybody who’s watching and everybody who talks to them at the hair salon that everything is going straight to hell and there’s nothing we can do about it.

It’s not even the guns. It’s that we’ve all convinced ourselves we’re going to be raped and murdered the second we step out the goddamn door. I had another idiot conversation with somebody about this recently, where the train was unsafe after dark and I shouldn’t ride on it without a gun, and I keep going ballistic about this out of all proportion to somebody’s ignorance because: Don’t you see how this looks to other people? What idiots we look like?

(And what the fuck am I going to do with a gun on the train that will calm the situation down? If it’s one guy with a gun, okay, maybe my gun convinces him that his gun is useless, but five guys with guns will just be like, go ahead and shoot Biff, none of us like him anyway.)

Right now, in Congress, we are basically about to pass a bill that needs dentures, a bill even the rank-and-file of the NRA thinks is okay, and gun nuts are acting like the earth is caving in, and being even dumber than usual.

Forget if there actually are people running around with guns (and it’s not like Japanese entertainment is free of violence, so come on). There are people running around being CRAZY ASSHOLES, and that would be just as much a reasonable deterrent to tourism and study-abroad-ing as anything else.


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Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel is a 10-year veteran of the newspaper business. She publishes First Draft, a writing and politics blog, with her partners Holden, Jude and Scout. She is the author of the books Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs (2011, Arcadia Publishing, with Mike Danahey) and It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal, about a great liberal journalism institution (2007, Heritage Books). She also edited the anthology “Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith and the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War” (2005, William, James & Co.) Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Daily Southtown, Sirens Magazine, and Alternet. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two ferrets, and approximately 60 tons of books.