There is a wide range of people who own guns in the United States, and not all of them are unreasonable people. But the ones who are hoarding and worshipping their assault rifles as mass shootings rise have seemingly entered an alternate reality.
They’re living in a world where they’re afraid of 30-50 feral hogs eating their kids. They’re not concerned with statistically proven dangers, like gun injuries and deaths in homes with weapons. In a way, this is slightly helpful. They’re always saying such demented stuff, it’s harder for anyone to agree with them.
The NRA is basically a club for the most delusional of the delusional, and even their high paid lobbyists can’t entirely hide the worms in their brains.
One lobbyist named Marion Hammer was sent down to Florida, where there was a vote taking place on prohibiting assault weapons. The state has a number of gun manufacturers in it, so there’s potentially a lot of money riding on this decision. Hammer mentioned those issues in her statement, according to the Tampa Bay Times, but people focused on something else she said that was a whole lot weirder.
“How do you tell a 10-year-old girl that the rifle she got for Christmas is an assault weapon and she has to give it up or risk felony charges?” she asked.
At a Tallahassee hearing on prohibiting assault weapons, @NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer said: “How do you tell a 10-year-old girl that the rifle she got for Christmas is an assault weapon and she has to give it up or risk arrest on felony charges?" #flapol https://t.co/aPVGTNYbx1— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 16, 2019
Activist Shannon Watts shared the quote on Twitter and people were really confused. To start, who gives a ten-year-old a rifle for Christmas? Secondly, if you’re a parent, it’s your job to deliver all sorts of disappointing news to your kids throughout their lives. That’s how you keep them alive and healthy. Finally, there are much worse things to have to tell a kid, like that someone they love is dead because they were shot by a rifle.
"How do you tell a 10-year-old little girl who got a Ruger 10/22 with a pink stock for her birthday that her rifle is an assault weapon & she has to turn it over to government or be arrested for felony possession?" - ACTUAL QUOTE from an NRA lobbyist re an assault weapons ban— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 17, 2019
People responded with all of these helpful tips for Hammer, though I doubt she has the capacity to understand them:
“You can’t have this anymore.”
*10 year old screeching*
“Because I said so, that’s why”.
— Steven Ochoa (@StevenGOchoa) August 16, 2019
My parents took away the Violent Femmes album I asked for after they read the lyrics. 🤷♀️— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 16, 2019
How do you tell a a 10-year-old girl that she has to now practice lockdown drills in school because everyday living in an America that is owned by the NRA is a risk to her life?— weltschmerz (@AimeeReneeMpls) August 16, 2019
Yes. And I'm still stuck on what kind of vile person gives a ten year old, or any child, or anybody, an assault rifle for a Christmas gift? 💔— Holly Skaptason Dreger 🇨🇦 🇮🇸 (@YoeysAmma) August 17, 2019
I’ll say it again, I’d rather tell a 10yo girl she’s got to give up her gun than be told the same type of gun killed my child. Absolutely no question.— SuzanneSays ❤️ (@LoveLaughShowUp) August 16, 2019
So a 10-year-old runs things in her house, got it. I suppose said 10 years old can also stay up all night, eat ice cream for dinner & never go to school.— KD (@Fly_Sistah) August 16, 2019
I'd also suggest anyone who thinks a semi-automatic death rifle (even if it does have a pink stock) is an appropriate gift for a 10yo (or anyone) be referred for mental evaluation. And/or, cult deprogramming. 🙄— Jan Burch (@LiberallyJan) August 16, 2019
Tamir Rice— Colleen O'Neill (@Colleen76561195) August 16, 2019
Are NRA gun nuts terrible because they had bad parents who didn’t know how to set boundaries? Or are they terrible because they are bad parents who give their kids guns? All of the above.