Just when you thought Republicans can’t get any more ignorant, the Daily Caller has joined the ranks of the lowest common denominator by offering free guns from now until election day.
While definitely sick, it’s unfortunately not surprising; Republicans have a history of compensating for their “shortcomings” by loving their guns waaaay too much. Even Republican women (whom I’ve always believed either actually are, or secretly wish to be men) seem to need to pander to their party’s gun lust.
Now don’t get me wrong, I own guns myself; but like most non-conservative gun owners, they don’t define who I am.
The free gun thing is hardly new- it’s been a conservative marketing tool for years. For instance, a Radio Shack in Montana ran a Dish Network special in 2011 that offered a free gun for signing up for the satellite service. According to the Ravalli Republic,
“When driving down U.S. Highway 93 through Hamilton, there’s no need to do a double-take when you see the sign hanging above the Radio Shack Super Store.
You read it right. Customers who buy Dish Network will be rewarded with a firearm.”
In South Carolina (yeah, go figure) the annual “Black Friday” shopping day included a “tax holiday” for buying guns. According to S. Carolina Channel 7:
“The holiday, called “Second Amendment Weekend” was introduced at the start of the recession in 2008 to encourage buying, but was cancelled last year because of the state’s shrinking budget.”
But in the vein of Republican idiocy:
“Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Laurens, put a proviso in this year’s budget that would reinstate a three-day gun tax holiday the weekend after Thanksgiving.”
“When this went in, when the recession was hitting the hardest, there were mom and pop operations out there, small gun stores and outdoor supply stores that told me ‘this saved our business, not because of the guns we sold but the residual sales, those people who bought more hunting equipment or outdoor supplies while they were waiting in line or shopping,’” Pitts said.
His concern for Mom and Pop is so heart-warming; are you feeling as warm and fuzzy as I am right now? Who cares that S. Carolina has imposed:
“…deep cuts in education and …state employees have not received a pay increase in four years.”
Budget be damned- they’ll all have their guns!
According to Politics Daily in 2010, Jack Sheppard, owner of Aim Right Guns & Ammo has even offered:
“the added incentive of free barbecue sandwiches for customers..
Then there was that oh-so-patriotic motorcycle ride/gun give away for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
As TBD reported:
“…thousands of motorcycles are going to zip, roar, rumble — and make whatever other sounds that bikes do — through the D.C. area to commemorate the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. As part of the procession, the ride’s organizers, America’s 9/11 Foundation, are giving away three Smith & Wesson handguns. Because the best way to honor those who died a decade ago is, obviously, to arm yourself.”
And right wing women, obviously needing to prove something to conservative men, will pose with guns, even get married with them.
(Funny, the gun’s the least scary thing in this picture.)
As I’ve said, it’s all about “shortcomings”, as Darryl Issa has has pointed out. That might also explain the need for conservative women to have guns emblazoned on their underwear; every little bit helps I guess.
Unfortunately, right-wing lunatics offer guns to anybody. Lezgetreal came across organized extremists giving away guns:
According to the site:
“we are a newly formed group that is specialized to kill and torture gays… we save mankind by killing gays and erase them from existence.. join us and get a free gun to kill gays today!”
Unfortunately, The Daily Caller is just the latest in a never-ending line of so-called “God fearing, family values, American exceptionalism” bottom feeders.