That’s an actual quote from an open letter to the parents of victims of the mass shooting in California, written by an actual human being.
Specifically, it’s Samuel Wurzelbacher (who was briefly and bizarrely famous as Joe the Plumber) … just doing whatever he can to keep the checks rolling in by providing ill-informed commentary on issues of the day. When it comes to political commentary from people who are famous for no discernable reason, I think we’d do just as well to ask Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton to write about gun control and unspeakable tragedy because I suspect they wouldn’t write anything nearly so odious as Wurzelbacher has.
Luckily, Adam Weinstein looks at the bigger picture behind this radicalized plumber’s reaction to an aggrieved father’s statement about guns, politics, and the NRA:
There’s something refreshingly honest in Joe’s acknowledgement that this tragedy is all about him. It’s the reductio ad absurdum of an ethos that’s obsessed with the self and the self’s freedom without a concomitant empathy for other selves and their freedoms. Joe’s rant illuminates quite starkly how the right-libertarian absolutist interpretation of individual rights comes into direct conflict with the lives of his fellow countrymen and their children. To talk of responsibilities is to water down a right, and we cannot do that, no matter what the cost!
In this sense, Wurzelbacher is the (loud)mouthpiece for a fairly sizeable group of citizens and he nicely/horrifyingly captures the way they view their rights, namely completely free of duties or responsibilities.
(Source: donotlink.com, via bobbycaputo)