After yesterday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera (who has had a history of being somewhat reasonable, particularly in the last few days when he defended the need to combat climate change against his Fox colleagues) flabbergasted his fellow conservatives when he began venting on Twitter about the state of gun control in the United States
He made some claims that completely nailed the truth—the 2nd amendment is “stupid,” President Obama is absolutely correct in pressing for more gun control, and most importantly, that the NRA is 100 percent “full of sh*t.”
Mass shooting in San Bernadino California at a Center for the Developmentally Disabled WTF! The 2d Amendment is Stupid!!! Don't rationalize.— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) December 2, 2015
POTUS wrong re so much-like loyalty toward double dealing Turkey-But he's so right re gun violence-More than 1 gun for every American? Why?— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) December 2, 2015
The NRA is full of shit— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) December 2, 2015
This is terrorism. Make no mistake regardless of the identity or race or the ethnicity of the killer(s) this is Terrorism.This is our future— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) December 2, 2015
Rivera has been more than clear on numerous occasions in his disdain for guns and our gun-obsessed country. Last year, he posted a wonderfully on point anti-Second Amendment critique on his website:
"Like I always say, the 2nd Amendment, the provision that gives every American the right to keep and bear arms, is blind and stupid. In its relentless pimping for the gun industry, the NRA has unleashed an avalanche of deadly weapons on this gun-crazy country. Just as protects access to weapons for cops and hunters, it also protects access to weapons for domestic abusers, mental patients, jerk-offs on the no-fly list, all-around dim bulbs, and now little children.
As the father of a sweet, smart nine year old daughter myself, the latest example of gross excess is the image of that pony-tailed New Jersey girl accidentally killing her gun range instructor. It is obscene and uncivilized to let a third grader shoot a fully automatic Uzi machine gun. What was she training for, revolution? Invasion? Service in the coming post-apocalyptic social disorder? Stupid, but just another of countless examples of how far into insanity we have let the gun nuts push us."
There is no fathomable reason that there are currently more guns than people in the United States, and the gun lobbyists and NRA are fueling this completely irrational, insane ideology that we must all be armed to protect our ‘freedoms.’
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre demonstrated last year that the NRA’s justifications for America’s gun bounty are nothing more than the ravings of lunatics, determined to push some sort of post-apocalyptic narrative of an America where we’re all minutes away from tyranny and chaos:
“We are on our own. That is a certainty, no less certain than the absolute truth – a fact the powerful political and media elites continue to deny, just as sure as they would deny our right to save our very lives. The life or death truth that when you're on your own, the surest way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun! I ask you…Do you trust this government to protect you?"
The NRA is, indeed, full of sh*t.
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