Bigot of the Week Award: December 21, The National Review with a Shot of NRA

21 Dec
Bigots of the Week

Bigots of the Week

Yes, this is the first time in TSM history we actually have a tie for BWA, but WOW! we got some dirt and hate that just won’t wash clean.  In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, the response from The National Review (also known as the “He Man Women Haters Club”) and the behavior of the NRA have just about pushed me over the edge of civility.  Yes, there are some folk I would just love to slap bald, in my best pacifist way of course.

The National Review published the most toxic misogyny as an opinion piece about the shootings. I’ll let them speak for themselves:

There was not a single adult male on the school premises when the shooting occurred. In this school of 450 students, a sizeable number of whom were undoubtedly 11- and 12-year-old boys (it was a K–6 school), all the personnel — the teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the school psychologist, the “reading specialist” — were female. There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers. […]

[An elementary school is] in general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm. Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel.

I don’t know where to start. How about saying that male aggression is a good thing when all 28 dead are the victims of that very thing? How about maintaining that women are weak and defenseless and must have men around to protect them? How about ignoring the bravery and sacrifice of the women who ran that school, some of whom died facing male aggression? This writer automatically gets a nomination for Bigot of the Year. (As an added bonus, many of the basic facts of the article were simply wrong, including the fact that one of the staff — the janitor in fact — was male. Facts don’t matter when there’s hate to spew!)

Meanwhile, the NRA spent most of the week in its camo fatigues. Trying to ignore the fact that its lobbyists made it possible for Adam Lanza to get his hands on the weapons he used to butcher children, the usually loud gun group was suspiciously silent. They took down their Facebook page and their usual fusillade of tweets was stilled. When they finally had something to say, it was tepid.

Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.

Followed by a defensive statement by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.

I think an unprecedented attack on the Second Amendment is going to come hard, I think it is going to come fast, and I think it is going to come soon.

Yeah, that sure sounds like a “meaningful contribution” to changing the status quo. The NRA is almost solely responsible for the fact that most Americans can buy automatic weapons whose only conceivable purpose is to maim and kill other human beings. Once those weapons have been purchased, they can easily fall into anyone’s hands. In what world does that make any conceivable sense? Massacres like Sandy Hook are impossible without this kind of firepower. Let the NRA feel like the victim here; it’s about time they understood how the thousands of families that suffer gun violence every year feel.

Don’t forget, TSM is still taking nominations for Bigot of the Year Award.

UPDATE: By now everyone is probably aware that since they won the BWA this week, the NRA has jumped the shark. LaPierre — looking like a tired and seedy televangelist — presented the organization’s “meaningful contribution.” After this stereotypical representative of the aging white male power structure blamed Hollywood, the media, and video games for the violence, he offered a two-pronged solution. First, stigmatize the suffering by creating a mental health registry; the weapons don’t matter, after all, it’s just those crazy people! (Pot, meet kettle.) Second, put an armed guard in every school and eliminate gun-free zones around schools so potential killers won’t know where to find lots of easy victims. The NRA used to be an organization for gun owners; it has fully transformed into a lobby for weapons manufacturers and a haven for extremist white paranoia. How sad.

11 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: December 21, The National Review with a Shot of NRA”

  1. nevercontrary December 21, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    One, If you think women are not aggressive, then you are blind, deaf, and mute. A woman protecting her child will bring mountains down. But I appreciate the sexism, as I am nothing more than my genitalia.
    Two, after janet jackson showed her boob on tv, which no one really saw, they had a special session of congress to prevent this tragedy from happening again, ten days later. But when A classroom of children get killed, we should do nothing. You cannot argue with stupid. There is no point. You simply walk away, shake your head, and pray that stupid doesn’t get passed onto the next generation.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 21, 2012 at 6:49 am #

      That was absolutely lovely! Yes, the amount of blind ignorance and hateful misogyny does make me want to walk away and shake my head.

      • nevercontrary December 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

        If you carry bibles then as you walk away you can hand them a bible and say, you need jesus. 🙂

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 23, 2012 at 7:30 am #

        I love this analogy.

  2. Central Oregon Coast NOW December 21, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  3. Christine Noble December 21, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Is it too late to change my BoY award vote to the Review?

  4. Jennifer Carey December 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    I was reading excerpts of this article to my boyfriend and he asked me twice if this was from “the Onion.” The message is not only ridiculous, but it’s insulting to the teachers and administrators that gave their lives attempting to protect their students.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      You so perfectly captured my thoughts: “… it’s insulting to the teachers and administrators that gave their lives attempting to protect their students.” Sadly, it was not from the Onion.

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