Comment of the year.

Holy cow.  I about spit milk all over my monitor reading this comment from wingnut land.

Fuck you you stupid bitch-go back to neverland-no self respecting citizen will ever give up his guns.The 0nly way to stop assholes who want to hurt you is to neutralize them. The sooner you antis realize this the better off you will be. I’ll give up my guns when you pry them from my cold-dead- hands.,

Then Zinc Avenger swooped in and said pretty much what I was thinking.

Hey, Anonymous, you sound exactly like the sort of level-headed calm individual who should be armed. Your sense of proportion and sober attitude reassure me. The sensible way you spray spittle all over your screen when you type by mashing your guns against the keyboard just screams “responsible gun-owner”, not “insecure man-child who models his gun in the mirror every time he takes it out to fondle”.

I know several gun owners, and only one of them scares me, because he sounds like you. When grown-ups talk about gun violence, and your only input is to threaten violence with a gun, over a gun… Connect the dots yourself, cupcake. Maybe you could pretend they’re bullet holes or something.

Epic, win.  Bluster is a demand to be taken seriously without earning it.  I love taking the opportunity to treat them like a joke.

Also, we keep hearing that Christianity makes people better.  Presumably, it makes them less ignorant and more intelligent, since those things are so closely tied to compassion (the smarter you are, the more good you can do, and the less likely you are to do something hurtful by mistake).  Yet, I find there’s a very high correlation between piss ignorant comments like the one from Anonymous and love of Jesus.  Knowing nothing more about Anonymous than he is irrationally angry, opposed to even sensible gun control laws, unwilling to respond to specifics on the post he’s criticizing, and threatening violence before offering up arguments, who in their right mind would bet even a paltry amount of money that he doesn’t also love Jesus?  I’d take that bet at extremely long odds.

And how could this be if irrational anger, opposition to sensible solutions, an unwillingness to address specifics, and threatening others didn’t occur with far greater regularity among the people who think that Christianity is the most loving religion?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    What would Jesus do with a gun? I suspect the same thing the Easter Bunny would be able to do.

    Now I am wondering about the percentage of insane gun nuts that are also christians. I would hazard a guess that there is a large overlap. The thinking behind both is simplistic. One would think that a christian that believes in hell would not want a lump of metal made to kill anywhere near them lest they send a soul to hell by killing a person before they found Jesus.

    At least that was how I thought.

    And Zinc does kick ass with sarcasm and wit. Much better weapons online than machismo and bibe verses.

    • Jasper

      What would Jesus do with a gun? I suspect the same thing the Easter Bunny would be able to do.

      Well, there was that whole bit about the cat-o-nine tails/scourge incident….

      • Glodson

        I was thinking that neither actually exist, but popping a cap in the ass of those who profit in the church is good too.

    • Jasper

      “So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” John 2:15 NIV, just FYI.

      • Val

        He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers. And being that I am in support of the Castle Doctrine, robbers within my Father’s house shall be met with deadly force.” So he drew forth his Colt 1911 and fired upon them.

        • Randomfactor

          And though it held but eight bullets, lo he did fire seventy times seven without reloading, and there were rounds left over.

          • icecreamassassin

            Yeah, I’m also itching for new The Walking Dead episodes.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Man Charged with Pulling a Gun in Trash Dispute

    Officers spoke with the victim in front of 85 Marlborough Street who stated that he and his coworker had been picking up trash in the rear of that residency when a white male came out back and placed trash in the back. When the victim told the suspect to place his trash in the proper place, the suspect went back into his apartment and came back outside holding a black handgun.
    The suspect then pointed the handgun at the suspect and said, “Next time you tell me where to put my trash, I’ll kill you.” Then the suspect went back inside.

  • http://wanderinweeta.blogspot.com Susannah

    “. . . neutralize them.” ?

    Like you neutralize the acid in your fish tank with a pinch of bicarbonate? Or get neutralize the spin on your kid’s swing by grabbing the chain for a sec? So harmless it sounds!

  • http://wanderinweeta.blogspot.com Susannah

    “. . . neutralize them.” ?

    Like you neutralize the acid in your fish tank with a pinch of bicarbonate? Or neutralize the spin on your kid’s swing by grabbing the chain for a sec? So harmless it sounds!

  • Rilian

    I don’t think it’s fair to use his anger against him. It’s reasonable for him to want to defend himself, should he need to, and it’s reasonable for him to get angry if someone tries to take away his means of self-defense.

    • Artor

      Except that nobody is threatening to take his gun, and nobody is threatening his safety. Anger is a perfectly appropriate response in some situations. Blaring it full-blast, all the time, when there is no real threat to you is a little over-the-top. It’s perfectly fair to call him out for being an angry asshole, and no, he’s not being reasonable.

    • Azkyroth

      Yes, but we’re talking about a deranged fuckwit with a gun, where the odds that it will actually be used defending himself against an actual threat are negligible and the odds of him shooting a dark-skinned neighbor or his kid sneaking in after dark are pretty fuckin’ high.


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