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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wayne LaPierre Thinks He Lives in Westeros

We know, in the world that surrounds us, there are terrorists and home invaders and drug cartels and car-jackers and knock-out gamers and rapers, haters, campus killers, airport killers, shopping mall killers, road-rage killers, and killers who scheme to destroy our country with massive storms of violence against our power grids, or vicious waves of chemicals or disease that could collapse the society that sustains us all.
That "rapers" is an obvious Westeros tell. Not to deny the reality of crimes of violence -- especially sexual assault in a patriarchal popular rape culture -- but is LaPierre's dystopian nightmare world anything like the one you or any sane person finds outside your door every day? It is certainly a world that becomes more likely to be realized the more this paranoid freaked out gun-nut with millions of dollars and an army of lobbyists at his disposal fights his fight to pile more and more and more loaded guns on every square inch of our country. I don't know what is worse, the thought that old straight white guys actually live in such deranged hells of horror and rage and despair, or the thought that some of them are willing to whomp up such hellscapes of dead children and scorched earth just so that some rich guys who make weapons can get even richer.

1 comment:

Dale Carrico said...

Over on twitter @SpinsterAndCat has responded: "With all due respect, the idea of 'rapers' is hardly due to the popularity of a tv show. I rather doubt WLP has even heard of 'Westeros.' The idea that there are hordes of men just lusting to rape 'our women' who are only held back by white males with guns is a white paranoid fantasy older than gunpowder." All of this is quite true and I agree. I hope it will be clear that the reference to Westeros was only meant to tweak the paranoid delusive headspace Wayne LaPierre seems to be coming from. I actually don't think his odd use of the term rapers is a literal tell substantiating a serious theory or diagnosis, I used it more like a figurative hook to hang a snarky conceit on.