Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But A Gun Will Surely Kill You

by Gregory B. Gonzalez

I guess now that Brett Kavanaugh has been appointed to the Supreme Court, everyone is more than a little bummed and burned out on politics. Can’t blame you all for that. I’m feeling slightly down, myself. I don’t, however, particularly want to write about that, but I do want to talk about something tangential to it. Last week, as the Kavanaugh hearings were going on, Sen. Jeff Flake (R.) of Nevada, announced that he had received death threats against him and his family if he refused to vote for Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

A few days ago, James Patrick, a resident of Florida, (big surprise!) made what the police deemed a credible threat on Facebook, saying that he would shoot and kill members of Congress who did not vote in favor of Kavanaugh. The police raided his home and arrested him. He is in jail and his bail has been set at  $500, 000 dollars. Patrick wrote on his Facebook page, “I can’t do this myself! I need more conservatives going into liberals’ homes at night and killing them in their sleep!” Patrick is quite the charmer, isn’t he?

To be fair, James Patrick hasn’t been named as the person who threatened Senator Flake, but he is a symptom of a major problem in this country- why do white conservatives think they can only settle disputes with threats of violence and death?

I mean, are their egos so fragile that they need to stick a gun in someone’s face to make them more masculine? Is the Viagra not kicking in properly? (I hate to mention it, fellas, but your little blue pills are only designed to help you get it up, not make it bigger. Two inches is still two inches!) Seriously, are their debating skills lacking to the point of gurgling and burping? If I had to give an answer to those questions, it would probably be yes.

To be honest, I don’t have a high opinion of conservatives. They’re either nonsensical, hypocritical, delusional, or just plain dumb. But that does not mean I would pull a gun out and shoot them in the face. The farthest I would go is maybe a bitch slap or a good old-fashioned kick in the ass. God knows they need it.

They keep whining about how they hate intellectuals and cultural ‘elites’- you wanna know why? Because we have this thing they don’t: INTELLIGENCE. Have you ever had a conversation with a Trump supporter? It’s like talking to a two-year-old with the vocabulary of twelve-year-old. Do you want to confuse a Trump supporter? Speak in sentences that involve more than two syllables.

I had this one incident a few years ago where I was making fun of a republican idiot on Twitter, and instead of continuing to debate me, he threatened to track down my wife and rape her. I wrote back, “I’m divorced, but my ex-wife is a Trump supporter, so go right ahead! You want her phone number?”

I was joking of course, not that I found the threat any less offensive or disturbing. Who does stuff like that? It was bad enough when it was just the Teabaggers, but with the emergence of Trump, it’s gotten completely out of hand.

And the Right has the nerve to say liberals are violent? Really? Then who are the ones doing all the violent shootings? I don’t see Republicans falling all over themselves protesting for new gun control laws.

If you want to see the difference between the two sides, keep in mind that the women’s march involved two million people around the world and no violence was committed. When a bunch of white nationalists gathered, one woman was killed and another black man was severely beaten. Case closed.

The Republicans like to claim that they are the party of Jesus, but they don’t stand for any of the things Jesus stood for.

Disagreements are inevitable, but you can’t win an argument with a gun in your hand. If you think otherwise, then you’ve already lost.

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9 Responses to Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But A Gun Will Surely Kill You

  1. Timmy Mahoney Reply

    October 7, 2018 at 10:15 am

    “Disagreements are inevitable, but you can’t win an argument with a gun in your hand. If you think otherwise, then you’ve already lost.”

    Brilliant Greg! Just fucking brilliant and I couldn’t agree more. Great article man.

  2. Michael John Scott Reply

    October 7, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I agree with Tim. This is a good article, and one that provides much food for thought, and I agree with it completely.

  3. Neil Bamforth Reply

    October 7, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Excellent article. Guns seem to be on the increase in Blighty. It’s a worrying trend.

  4. jess Reply

    October 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    I made my husband rid himself of guns with that time honored tactic, if you loved me you would….He chose wisely 😉 Never have seen the point of guns at all unless you are in the military, law enforcement or shoot for food.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      October 7, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      I have several guns but only because they were part of my law enforcement toolkit. One of them is over 40 years old. I likely wouldn’t have handguns otherwise, only a shotgun, in the event of an intruder, especially since I’ve been a crime victim twice in two years of living in Ohio.

  5. Gregory B Gonzalez Reply

    October 7, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks, everybody!

  6. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    October 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I own guns too, but the idea that I could effectively defend my home against an armed intruder is strictly from fantasy land. Spend the money on a burglar alarm please – a big dog or two, impact glass windows. Perhaps I’m not speaking for everybody and not everybody lives in a safe neighborhood, but Americans live in a world of fantasy and fear and people like that are the last people who should be sleeping with loaded weapons.

    If packing heat was a good way of staying alive, it wouldn’t be so dangerous to be a dope dealer or gang banger, would it?

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      October 9, 2018 at 9:28 am

      I have guns everywhere, but, that’s because I’ve a few guns, and no kids running about. I do not rely on them to protect me from dirtbags, however. For that, I have lights, dogs, fenced yard, and cameras. Despite all of those precautions I’ve been a victim twice in two years since moving to Ohio, and I live in a nice, peaceful neighborhood. In each case, the losses were my fault, because I wasn’t careful to lock my car, close the garage door, and NOT LEAVE my wallet in my console. So, there is that.

  7. Gregory B. Gonzalez Reply

    October 9, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I probably shouldn’t have to point this out, but this post really isn’t about guns or gun control; It’s about crazy conservatives using threats and intimidation to get what they want. I only say that in this case because I don’t want this article to get lost in the gun debate.

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