Quote of the day—Matt Taibbi

I’m beginning to think that pushing for gun control is a good idea, if only because there’s nothing else that will nauseate and terrify Tea Partiers more. To me, the right-wing fascination with guns is such an obviously Freudian phenomenon that it’s almost embarrassing; real and very justified fears of creeping political impotence, idiotically and self-defeatingly expressed in passionate defense of their right to shoot themselves in tragic domestic accidents. Going after Republicans’ gun rights has always seemed to me needlessly provocative and cruel, sort of like removing the tinfoil helmet your local schizophrenic thinks is protecting him from space rays.


But now the paranoia has now gone so far, it’s just too tempting not to tweak. There’s got to be some way to pursue a new gun-control law that would maximally freak out this growing population of people who literally sleep with their guns at night.


How about a new law requiring all registered handgun owners to wear white Kevlar Clockwork Orange-style jockstraps? Or how about a new campaign – and this one I actually like – in which all of us who do not have guns voluntarily send in letters to the ATF, cheerfully informing them of our unarmed status (“Dear Government Agent: In case you were keeping a database of such information…”).


Matt Taibbi
March 10, 2011
Time For Gun Control — If Only to Tweak the Tea Party
[I wonder what Taibbi would think of laws requiring journalist to be licensed and registered?


Gun owners need to know what these people think of them and Taibbi comes through. Not only is Taibbi adhering to Markley’s law he is willingly exposing his bigotry.—Joe]

11 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Matt Taibbi

  1. I am in total agreement with Taibbi. I think elected Democrats should push vocally to force gun owners to wear jockstraps. No need to justify or explain; they’ll have plenty of time to do that during the campaign debates. I think the democrats who use Clockwork Orange as a policy template should proudly admit it. I think unhinged whackos on the left should be writing more letters to the ATF (the expectation of incoherent violent ramblings is high, and ATF’s resources would be well-spent investigating the violent Left).

  2. Interesting that the supposedly “potent” side can’t even get the Democrat leadership to go along–the “moderate” leadership that spends more monthly than Bush II did annually and which passed Obamacare–and needs to advertise for spokesmen. I wonder how many times Taibbi has set foot outside Greater New York in the past ten years.

    Still, I like the idea of getting all the gun control weirdos to proclaim themselves. It should remind them just how few they are.

    As for the jockstrap idea–please, please, Democrats, bring this to the floor of Congress. Sadly, however, something tells me that Obama, as incompetent as he is, would still be quite successful at killing the bill.

  3. Oh, and this one:

    Going after Republicans’ gun rights

    Does this out-of-touch man think only Republicans like their gun rights? The issue is roughly 50-50 on madre-friggin’ Democratic Underground!!!

    Mr. Taibbi, the year 1999 called. It says you’ve overstayed your welcome and it really would like you to leave.

  4. Interesting. When the control freaks want to get all Freudian about guns, they forget that the good Doctor himself said that it was in fact the FEAR of guns that indicated a psychological disorder.
    But Leftists never have let the desire for logical consistency and rigorous reasoning get in the way of their desire for control.

  5. Nice quote, Matt Taibbi. I heartily encourage you to keep it up. You are truly doing The Lord’s work. If we had more like you in Congress, for example, we’d be making more progress. Keep the faith, Man.

  6. Do any of these people ever stop to consider that

    a) this kind of behavior is incredibly offensive and

    b) we have guns and they don’t?

    I know that there are precious few of us who would ever actually do anything, but still that kind of stuff strikes me as incredibly stupid nonetheless. It’s kind of like walking up to a cop and insulting him. He really can’t do anything about it as long as all you do is talk, but it is really not the smartest thing to do either for any number of reasons.

  7. “But now the paranoia has now gone so far, it’s just too tempting not to tweak.”

    That Matt would succumb to the temptation to “tweak” wouldn’t surprise me in the least. This would, of course, explain his paranoia….

  8. Or how about a new campaign – and this one I actually like – in which all of us who do not have guns voluntarily send in letters to the ATF, cheerfully informing them of our unarmed status (“Dear Government Agent: In case you were keeping a database of such information…”).

    Wrong government agency. That letter should be an attachment to their 1099 sent to the IRS:

    I have elected not to contribute to the security of the free state this year. Assess $500 to my personal taxes for distribution to federal, state and local law enforcement to compensate.

  9. We should thank Matt for helping us to understand the motivations of the left. Seriously; do any of you think the true motivation behind Marxism/Progressivism is compassion for Mankind? If so I have a few bridges I’d like to offer you, cheap. Call me.

    I’ve said for years that hatred is their motivation, which of course is true. I’ve called it a death cult, even, and that’s readily supportable too.

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