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Hey, 2nd Amendment Hardasses: IT’S A TV SHOW!

Daily Duh: January 31, 2022

A common–and accurate–complaint about left­ists is that they say “equal oppor­tu­ni­ty” but they mean “equal out­come.” (This is why they’ve been slow­ly replac­ing the term “equal oppor­tu­ni­ty” with “equi­ty.”)

Here at Stu­pid Pol­i­tics, we don’t do that. We say “equal oppor­tu­ni­ty” and we mean “equal opportunity.”

So when a politician/celebrity/group/political par­ty says or does some­thing stu­pid, we don’t care if they’re lib­er­al, con­ser­v­a­tive, lib­er­tar­i­an, left­ist, or sov­er­eign cit­i­zens: We see stu­pid, we call out stupid.

See?

So every­one has an equal oppor­tu­ni­ty to win a Dai­ly Duh–but that does­n’t mean there’s equi­ty across all those cat­e­gories. We don’t go to work, look at our recent posts, and say, “Hey; we need more Repub­li­cans mak­ing stu­pid gun con­trol comments!”

That’s because 99.9 per­cent of the time, it’s safe to assume a stu­pid gun con­trol com­ment is a leftist/progressive/liberal/Democrat.

Sor­ry, guys. If you don’t want to be the exclu­sive source of stu­pid gun con­trol state­ments, stop mak­ing so many stu­pid gun con­trol statements.

Today, how­ev­er, we fear­less­ly call out some stu­pid­i­ty from the right wing side of the aisle:

Coun­try music star Tim McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, are co-stars in the minis­eries 1883, a West­ern tak­ing place in 1883. McGraw plays a tougher’n-old-beef-jerky cow­boy pro­tect­ing a wag­on train head­ed west to Ore­gon. He shoots first and does­n’t ask ques­tions lat­er; he just reloads and shoots again. (His wife, Faith Hill, gets tanked on 1880s-style pur­ple drank and pass­es out, but that’s anoth­er issue.)

My wife and I were watch­ing the lat­est episode tonight and she remarked there’s been some noise about McGraw’s role. Some­thing about peo­ple being upset that he’s shot quite a few peo­ple since the series started.

I Googled it and was sur­prised to see that the crit he’s get­ting is from the hard right. I was expect­ing to see hand-wring­ing edi­to­ri­als about McGraw com­mit­ting so much gun vio­lence and could­n’t we have the pio­neers and ban­dits and Injuns build pil­low forts instead of shoot­ing each other?

Instead, I found loads of com­ments like this one, from one u/tagny_daggart on Reddit:

For anybody watching Yellowstone 1883, just remember that ol' Tim McGraw is a raging leftist who HATES the 2nd Amendment but is more than happy to sling a gun if it puts money in his pocket.

I Googled McGraw’s stance on gun con­trol, and it boils down to this:

“Look, I’m a bird hunter — I love to wing-shoot. How­ev­er, there is some com­mon sense that’s nec­es­sary when it comes to gun con­trol,” McGraw told Bill­board in a 2017 inter­view.

I don’t agree with that, but I don’t think he’s “a rag­ing left­ist who HATES the 2nd Amendment.”

Now I’m a hard-core 2nd Amend­ment advo­cate. Not a Ruby Ridge/Branch David­i­an “You broke into the wrong god­damn rec room!” kind of guy.

I’m, IMHO, a lit­tle bit more down to earth:

  1. I don’t brush my teeth with cordite.
  2. I don’t love the smell of napalm in the morning.
  3. I do have a CCW per­mit and I car­ry when­ev­er I leave the house.
  4. I have a USCCA mem­ber­ship (and there’s no spon­sor­ship here; I just like the idea of not going to jail if I ever have to respon­si­bly exer­cise my right to self-defense, but a pis­sy ADA decides to make me a cau­tion­ary tale, so I high­ly rec­om­mend check­ing it out).
  5. I’m not one of those guys who take an AR-15 to the gro­cery store. I under­stand what they’re try­ing to do, but I don’t think that’s a good way to do it.
  6. I don’t have any bumper stick­ers or yard signs or T‑shirts that say Kill ‘Em All; Let God Sort ‘Em Out, or They Can Have My Gun When They Pry It From My Cold, Dead Hands, or This House Pro­tect­ed By Smith & Wes­son, or When Guns Are Out­lawed Only Out­laws Will Have Guns. The oper­a­tive word in “con­cealed car­ry” is CONCEALED. I’d much rather avoid trou­ble than attract it, and I don’t have any­thing to prove.

Keep­ing those things in mind, I have two things to say to u/tagny_daggart:

1. IT’S A TV SHOW!

2.

‘Nuff said.

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