The horrific incidents of mass shootings have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Even patriotic events such as 4th of July parades in sleepy upscale suburbs are not immune. But despite the lives lost and families shattered by this senseless violence, the Republican Party, and their enablers on Fox News, still refuse to take action against the tools of the terrorist’s trade – guns.
How can this problem be solved when Republican representatives in Congress can’t even acknowledge that guns are the primary cause of the body count in these massacres? Instead, they struggle to change the subject or avoid it entirely. Donald Trump hasn’t even mentioned the July 4th shooting. But he did obsess about himself and his legal tribulations.
While the recent gun reform bill that just passed makes some incremental progress, it left out critical measures such as banning military-style weapons, implementing universal background checks, manufacturer liability, and age limit restrictions on purchases. And even in that compromised form the vast majority of GOP senators voted against it.
It is not a coincidence that the cowardice of the ultra-conservative Republican Party is reflective of the propaganda disseminated by right-wing media, particularly Fox News. Their editorial stance on the issue has been consistently pro-gun. And with each new mass shooting they reiterate that position and seek to shift the blame to other alleged causes, despite the absence of evidence to support their deflection.
Chief among the NRA-theists is Fox’s Senior Misogynist, Tucker Carlson. On Tuesday night he delivered a monologue that went to great lengths to absolve guns of any liability for the death toll (video below). Instead, he blamed drugs, schools, porn, video games, and – women!?! That’s right, the notorious woman-hating, ball-tanner, is now asserting that mass shootings are the fault of the “mostly women” authorities in the lives of the shooters…
“Look at Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo. Would you sell a gun to that guy? Does he seem like a nutcase? Of course he does. So why didn’t anyone raise an alarm? Well, maybe because he didn’t stand out. Maybe because there are a lot of young men in America who suddenly look and act a lot like this guy. That’s not an attack; it’s just true. Like Crimo they inhabit a solitary fantasy world of social media, porn, and video games. They’re high on government endorsed weed. Smoke some more it’s good for you.
First of all, Carlson is making the argument that mass shooters can be recognized by the way they look. And even though gun fetishists like Carlson generally object to any restrictions on purchasing firearms, he now thinks that looks would be an acceptable criteria. After all, would you sell a gun to this guy (See Carlson’s photo above)?
But Carlson was just getting started. He went on to describe shooters as waifs for whom it is “guaranteed” “their lives will not be better than their parents’,” and that they have been deliberately drugged by evil school counselors. Which makes you wonder what kinds of schools little Tucker attended. And judging by the following remarks, you also have to wonder about the women in his life.
“They are numbed by the endless psychotropic drugs that are handed out at every school in the country by crackpots posing as counselors. […] And yet the authorities in their lives – mostly women – never stop lecturing them about their so-called privilege. ‘You’re male, you’re privileged.'”
Carlson concluded by reiterating that “A lot of young men in America are going nuts. Are you surprised?” This is a common, femophobic fixation for Carlson who has disgorged elaborate harangues asserting that there is some sort of clandestine government plot to deplete the testosterone of American males. He even produced an entire crocumentary on the subject – “The End of Men.” – that played out more like a soft-core gay porn paean to the supremacy of patriarchy.
Carlson is not alone on Fox News as a propagator of these preposterous hypotheses. Laura Ingraham also sought to deflect from guns by asking her viewers to look into the eyes of “some of the mass killers who have reportedly been regular pot users.” After which, she has the gall to accuse the media of “fear mongering on fake issues.”
Every reputable expert on gun violence has debunked the conspiracy kooks who point their bony fingers at drugs, porn, and video games as the causes of mass shootings. Every other developed country on the planet has all of those influences, but not anything close to the frequency and fatality of the gun violence that occurs in the U.S.
The efforts to cast blame on those behaviors is just the Republican’s way of protecting their benefactors in the NRA and the gun industry. It is also their method of keeping their dimwitted constituents scared and submissive. But Carlson’s addition of women to the list of culprits is both perverse and dangerous. And it says much more about his own insecurities and impotence than it does about the women he fears and hates. After all, he is the same deviant sicko who laments the declining sex appeal of cartoon M&Ms…
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Tucker: The authorities in their lives, mostly women, never stop lecturing them about their so-called male privilege. A lot of young men in America are going nuts. Are you surprised? A shockingly large number have been prescribed psychotropic drugs. pic.twitter.com/bB9Nb4CHQ1
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 6, 2022
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