Well that didn’t take long.
Yes, jackasses are already beginning to emerge in the wake of the Theater 9 shooting. Can’t people wait at least 24 hours post-tragedy to show their asses? Let us all at least have time to process the terrible images trickling onto the web first. Seriously, is that too much to ask?
Take, for instance, whoever runs the Twitter account for the NRA’s official magazine, American Rifleman…
And then there’s Rep. Louie Gohmert, the staggering dipshit best known for getting absolutely pwned by Anderson Cooper over his insane “terror babies” conspiracy theory. The first paragraph of this story on his impossibly dumb remarks today reads like the lede of an Onion story.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that the shootings that took place in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater hours earlier were a result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and questioned why nobody else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter.
Yes, Gohmert actually said this: “It does make me wonder, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?” In other words, a sitting member of Congress found fault in the victims of the attack and apparently fantasizes about a 21st century America that more resembles the days of the Wild West than it does a modern, evolved society.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in a country where I need to be packing in self-defense when I go to the movies.
(UPDATE: The NRA issued a statement this afternoon saying that the person in charge of the American Rifleman Twitter account was ignorant of the Theater 9 slayings when he or she composed the tweet above. The irony of it all, however, remains noteworthy.)
(UPDATE #2: A CHALLENGER EMERGES!)