Iowa Republican congresscantaloupe Steve King had a few thoughts about Barack Obama's treasonous attack on freedom last week, when the president said the United States is pretty exceptional, and not in the good way, when it comes to mass killings, and that "this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." For one thing, said King on a rightwing radio show in Iowa, it does happen, sometimes, just not nearly as often as it does in the USA -- which was Obama's point anyway. But for another thing, we can't do anything to prevent it without making America a worser, less Americanly Exceptional Freedom Landy place:

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It does happen more often in this country; we're a large country, we're over three hundred million people. And yes, we have a Second Amendment. And even if some of this violence could be stopped by confiscating all the guns, we have a charge, our charge is to defend freedom and liberty. We are the bastion of western civilization, and that requires us to be able to defend ourselves against tyranny. That’s the charge that our founding fathers gave us, that’s in our culture, we know that, we’ve had to do that worldwide. And so, it’s a much higher calling than believing that somehow we end one event of violence.

So looky here, Mister Obama, with your plan to take all the guns, which is the only possible outcome of firearms safety regulation -- just like now that we have drivers' licenses, the government seized and crushed all our cars. You might keep the occasional church full of black people from being shot to death, but what will you have given up? You'll have given up the ability to prevent some future act of imaginary tyranny!

Certainly the lives of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Susie Jackson, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Ethel Lee Lance, Myra Thompson, and Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr. are a small price to pay for the fantasy that a determined band of patriots will be able to fight off a suddenly tyrannical government at some indeterminate point after all our institutions of law and civil society have failed.

We would like Rep. King to book a flight to Charleston so he can take the pulpit of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to explain this simple reminder of America's higher calling, which will surely be of much solace to the grieving families.

And then he can explain it to each of the families of the Sandy Hook children and teachers. And each of the families of the people shot at Virginia Tech. And at the movie theater in Aurora. And at the Safeway in Tucson. And at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. And at UC Santa Barbara. And at the Washington Navy Yard. And at Fort Hood -- twice. And then he can start explaining it to the families of all of the 20,000 suicides committed with guns each year, and point out to them that their loved ones died to keep us free, and probably would have offed themselves by some other method anyway, so no big.

And then we can all join our cold dead hands and sing God Bless America.


Doktor Zoom

Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.


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