On Friday, the New York Times, in the wake of another mass shooting in California, ran a 1A editorial about why the government needed to do something about gun control. It was the first time since 1920 an editorial was placed on the front page of the Times. Naturally, it angered a lot of people.
One person in particular, Erick Erickson, the editor-in-chief of a right-wing blog, decided he needed to make a statement about the piece. In a grand gesture that was almost as stupid as it was futile, Erickson loaded his gun and shot the newspaper multiple times. He then uploaded photos of the deceased NYT remains on Twitter.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) December 5, 2015
In a message accompanying the stunt, Erickson encouraged his supporters to also shoot up their newspapers. It went viral on Twitter, with a mixed bag of responses in his mentions.
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) December 5, 2015
No one wants to take your guns away, but @EWErickson should probably have his guns taken away, yeah?
— John Ross Bowie (@JohnRossBowie) December 5, 2015
.@EWErickson don't mean to start any trouble but that grouping is just ok, fam. How many yards and what gun?
— Erez Semaría (@ErezSemaria) December 5, 2015
FWIW, Erickson embraced the backlash:
If I had known the left would go this nuts over shooting up a newspaper, I’d have done it a lot sooner.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) December 6, 2015
I don’t really give a shit about gun control one way or another, but, yeah, this guy should probably get his guns taken away — even if it’s only temporarily. When you start shooting up newspaper articles to make a point, it’s probably time to seek medical attention. And don’t feed me this “WHAT WOULD THE FOUNDING FATHERS THINK??” bullshit. Why would anyone in their right minds actually give a fuck what those guys would think about America today? They had wooden teeth and wore wigs and couldn’t figure out how to survive a common fever.
Gotta love campaign season. Political discourse is only getting stronger..
Image via Twitter.