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Oh, of course, Hollywood drew on a lot of stuff that was already there. But the Hollywood machine made the image that much more powerful. These nuts really think they can foil terrorists and invading Commies with their rifles; they've seen John McClane and WOLVERINES do it!

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That the MAGIC OF HOLLYWOOD!

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Highest rate of gun violence in Europe. Finland (likewise with a gun in every house) is next in line. Not that there's any connection.

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รขย™ยซรขย™ยช Well, you can't take my guns away, I got a constitutional right Yeah, I gotta be ready if the Commies attack us tonight... รขย™ยซรขย™ยช

Sheer genius, and he's really just quoting the NRA! And where have we heard this before:

รขย™ยซรขย™ยชGot a brand new semi-automatic weapon with a laser sight Oh, I'm prayin' somebody tries to break in here tonight รขย™ยซรขย™ยช

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Even a Nugent reference.

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Or if you think your term paper should have gotten an A+

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I was never in the military, but my friend told me part of the gun safety training is photographs of how soldiers had accidentally shot themselves. I assume it's an effective technique.

We insulate ourselves from the reality of what guns do by hiding those images. We only see stylized wounds in movies. Even when the "realistic" ones are seen through the prism of "it's a special effect".

One step to gun safety, gun control, gun sanity would be to see crime scene photos on the nightly news. Show what a .223 bullet does when it hits a six year old at the speed of sound.

Repubicans are big on ultrasounds before women can make a (supposedly) informed decision before exercising their Constitutional reproductive rights. Let's make gun buyers look at pictures of dead children, listen to a government mandated speech about safety, etc.

And if we can't do that, let's require a transrectal ultrasound probe before getting a gun. Because you want a man making an informed decision.

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<b>Mystery Men (1999)</b>

Mr. Furious: What's his power? The Blue Raja: Well, he's terribly mysterious. Mr. Furious: [dismissively] That's it? That's his power? He's mysterious? The Blue Raja: Well, TERRIBLY mysterious. The Shoveller: Plus he can, like, cut guns in half with his mind.

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I never thought I'd see an Anita Blake reference on Wonkette. God did those books get bad real, real quick. I mean, it was never high literature, but the first few were fun enough. Then it became porn, of both the gun/weapon and regular variety, and even worse BAD porn! Really, she can't write a good sex scene to save her life. And then anyone she ever met totally wants to bone Anita. Doesn't matter if they're gay, straight, male, female, human, or non-human, Anita is Teh Sexay and only she can save them with the power of her necromantic poon. Also, we're really supposed to believe that men with hair down to their knees are supposed to be sexy. Blergh.

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"10 types of drunk girls in the club." "What do you know about Gaucher disease?" "Was Bob Marley's father Jewish?"

I would dearly love to see Taboola's "profile" of the Wonketeer audience.

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It's the fault of the western and the action movie. Seriously. Every American of a certain type feels like he (and it's usually he) is John Wayne or Wyatt Earp or Sylvester Stallone or Arnold.

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Aren't zombies, like, dead? And if they are, what good is a gun? (Not having a TeeVee in U.S. America leaves me undeducated about the finer points of murder and mayhem.)

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With role models like Alan West, young Mr. Noir has figured out that there's good money to be made as the NRA's token black dude. So long as he stays in his place (YouTube), he'll keep raking it in.

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Does this guy have a brother called Drakkar?

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As did the moviegoers in Aurora...

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