In a very subtle message to America, the NRA's radio show Cam & Company took the opportunity to explain that any man whose wife supports gun control -- we guess it's "gun safety" now -- is just not quite a man anymore, if you know what rightwing funnyman Kurt Schlichter means (and we know you do, because he is not exactly subtle).

Schlichter explained to host Cam Edwards that Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts must be married to some kind of wuss, because god, what a castrating bitch, amiright fellas?

Kurt Schlichter: Oh my gosh, I got to tell you something. I got to tell you something. I finally figured out who Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action reminds me of.

Edwards: Oh?

Schlichter: Annette Bening in American Beauty.

Edwards: Wow.

Schlichter: Yeah. Huh? Huh? Yeah.

Edwards: Boy, now I am going to have to go back and re-watch -- I don't think I've that movie since it came out.

Schlichter: Oh yeah.

Edwards: But yeah, okay, okay.

Schlichter: Yeah, yeah, and her husband has got to be named Lester.

Edwards: [Laughter] That's awful.

Schlichter: Stripped of the most basic and threshold abilities of a man; that is to defend his self, his family and his community, by being married to this shrill harridan. She is Annette Bening in American Beauty.

Edwards: Talking with Kurt Schlichter, writing at Townhall.

So, as we can see, American Beauty would have been a much better movie if Kevin Spacey had had a gun collection, we guess. Or maybe men who let their women flirt with political activism will end up fantasizing about Thora Birch's best friend. Honestly, the real point here is that if you don't have a gun, you're not a man, and only non-men would ever think of opposing instant access to all guns for everyone.

How about you? Do you need to upgrade to a larger caliber?

[Media Matters]

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Committee chairs Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler sent the letter late yesterday, accompanied by a subpoena, for Mueller to testify at 9 a.m. Eastern on July 17, which is a Wednesday, so you will presumably not be busy with brunch. The hearings for each committee will be back to back, after which members of Mueller's staff will meet with committee staff behind closed doors.

Schiff told Rachel Maddow last night that it should not be viewed as a friendly subpoena, because as we all know, Mueller has been very reluctant to become the star of the political circus this will surely create. However, he's gonna have to suck it up, because as we all saw after what happened when Mueller addressed the nation for 10 whole minutes, there is great value in actually having Mueller breathe life into his own work, for an American audience that hasn't read his 448-page report. (And we don't blame them/you! We probably wouldn't have read it all if it wasn't our job. It would probably be on our "list," like "someday I am going to watch 'The Sopranos' start to finish finally. And then I will read the Mueller Report!")

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