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January 12, 2011

'BOTH SIDES' DON'T PRODUCE POLITICIZED ASSAULT RIFLE COMPONENTS.... It's hard to forget Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) heckling of President Obama in September 2009, shouting, "You lie!" when the president was, in fact, telling the truth during a speech to a joint session.

Of course, some folks remember the incident more fondly than others.

Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) health care-era "you lie" interruption of President Obama is now reportedly being commemorated with a place on a new, limited edition line of assault rifle components.

The Columbia Free Times reports that the words are being engraved on a series of lower receivers manufactured for popular AR-15 assault rifles. Lower receivers are one of the primary pieces of the firearms.

"Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new 'You Lie' AR-15 lower receiver," the weapon manufacturer's site writes in the product description. "Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!"

It's distressing enough that far-right activists wanted to make Wilson a hero for his ridiculous outburst, but it's quite a bit worse when "You lie" makes its way onto commemorative assault rifle components.

The website selling the lower receiver features a photo of Wilson holding a rifle and standing in the manufacturer's store, but the "You Lie" component is "neither endorsed nor affiliated" with the Republican congressman.

I'm glad, but if Wilson could perhaps criticize the commemorative product, that'd be nice, too.

Steve Benen 8:30 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (32)

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I tremble at what this RepubliConfederate asshole will have to say at the next SOTU to get commemmorated on the next rifle edition:
"You lie, N****R!"
or,
"Kill the N****R!"
Worse?
Yes, maybe worse.
How? Never underestimate the hatred and vitriol of the cracker "mind!"

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 12, 2011 at 8:37 AM | PERMALINK

"Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!"

-to coin a phrase, 'there's a sucker born every minute'. . .

Posted by: DAY on January 12, 2011 at 8:43 AM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin must be sooooo jealous.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on January 12, 2011 at 8:46 AM | PERMALINK

FUBARed,

Third World,

Country.

Nauseating...

Posted by: stevio on January 12, 2011 at 8:46 AM | PERMALINK

I'm thinking Obama should go to the hospital and visit the wounded today. That would be powerful. Giffords was, after all, his friend.

Posted by: bob h on January 12, 2011 at 8:51 AM | PERMALINK

I was really getting into Morning Joe this morning as the panel sucked their thumbs wondering if words and images could motivate people to act.

Unfortunately, every few minutes their discussion was interrupted by commercials that pay their enormous salaries by trying to use words and images to motivate me to act.

Posted by: Newton Whale on January 12, 2011 at 9:01 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, good ole Palmetto Armory. I thought their two favorite rifles were named after Lt Henry S Farley or Gen P. G. T. Beauregard. Farley fired the first shot at Ft Sumter, while serving under the command of Beauregard.

Posted by: berttheclock on January 12, 2011 at 9:03 AM | PERMALINK

Wow, how sick is this?

Posted by: JCT on January 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM | PERMALINK

Now in a society with a functioning press, such a story might garner national attention given the recent tragedy.

Any odds on hearing about this outside a few blogs?

Posted by: BetweenTheLines on January 12, 2011 at 9:10 AM | PERMALINK

Only 999 are being produced? Why that number? A little Google research brings us this:
“The number 999 is the reverse of 666, the number of the Beast of the Revelation (Apocalypse).”
Coincidence? I think not.

Posted by: Sheridan on January 12, 2011 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

I'm an open-minded, tolerant guy, believe in setting differences aside, live and let live, strive to understand each other, etc.

But there are some aspects of Southern US culture which I will never, ever understand.

Posted by: Basilisc on January 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM | PERMALINK

A commemorative AR-15. There is a concept. The AR-15 is the civilian version of the M-16 which is the parent of the Army's M-4. Like the AK-47 they are purely utilitarian rifles. There is nothing particularly attractive about them. Unlike a double barreled shotgun with beautiful wood and medal work or even grandpa's old 30-30 deer rifle, you wouldn't want to hang one on the wall or even bring one out of the closet to show your friends. When not in the field they reside in gun safes and locked cabinets. Then there is the question of what field do you use one in. I guess there are some organized shooting sports where they are used, but few shooters participate in those contests. Those who do have highly modified rifles. I know the NRA has been pushing them as deer rifles, but I don't know anybody who actually takes a black rifle with him during deer season.

Posted by: Ron Byers on January 12, 2011 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK

One of the ironies here, this "pro-military" faction thinks nothing of using deceit to send real fighters into war while keyboard chickenhawk commanders rail against "traitors" who don't support such a war - even as out of other sides of their mouths or from others in the camp, they call for secession or to consider the government illegitimate, to be fought against, "blood of tyrants" (meaning our own leaders, not Saddam Hussein) etc.

BTW, as for the Right calling for social control and attacking imagery, remember when - after Columbine - GOP operative Mike Murphy said "We need Goth control, not gun control." Kind of cute. Well if we have to control "Goths" (a barbarian tribe that actually became quite civilized), then we need wingnut control as well. And even if Loughner isn't a definite political type and too nutty to place into clear context, the toxic atmosphere is a bad thing anyway.

Posted by: neil b on January 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM | PERMALINK

Loughner's professor said that he would constantly interrupt the class. Joe Wilson felt compelled to interrupt the President. Hmmm.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on January 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM | PERMALINK

Much to the annoyance of the NRA, most states have highly restrictive laws concerning "hunting" firearms. Magazine capacity is the most obvious, and stringent. Forget slammin' home that mag, loaded with 20 rounds of AP or FMJ ammo. Ditto the banana clip for the .22 cal version of the assault rifle- y'ain't allowed to hunt deer with a .22.

As for shotguns, pappy's pump gun has a wood plug in the magazine, because three shotgun shells is the limit, no matter if you are hunting deer with rifled slugs, geese with Number 4 shot, or quail with Number 7. (And Dick Cheney's shooting partner is highly thankful they were after quail that day!)

But then we all know that gun ownership is not really about hunting. It's penis size we are talkin' about. . .

Posted by: DAY on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM | PERMALINK

The marketing is reprehensible! Joe "you lie" Wilson's comment was directly made to our duly elected POTUS in the revered chamber of our nation's Congress, so are we all to deduce the extra ammo in the clip will also be aimed at the same "target"?

WTF, the manufacturer needs to be held accountable for its brazen treason!

Joe, you gotta refudiate these arms dudes! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on January 12, 2011 at 9:32 AM | PERMALINK

Hey Steve, how about a series of posts, entitled " 'Both sides' don't ...", each recounting another obviously outrageous assault on civilized discourse and/or another not-well-veiled call for violence against opponents on the part of the political right?

Posted by: Basilisc on January 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM | PERMALINK

A young african american republican congressman from Arizona has just resigned because he has been targeted by the tea party, he and his wife feared for their lives. Also a secretary at the local headquarters resigned I believe!

Posted by: JS on January 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM | PERMALINK

Americans are (or are not) horrified to realize that our gun culture is deeply entrenched.

The same folks who mock flip flops on the POTUS buy "you lie" inscribed firearms.

Look at gun sales since the Arizona tragedy.

Glock and loaded.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on January 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM | PERMALINK

I keep waiting for my very own "tax cuts don't fix roads dumbass" limited edition AR-15 assault rifle. I'll keep waiting, huh?!

This newzbit just sends the message straight home, the republican asshole party is the party of violent terrorist nihilists who collect and use assault rifles.

Posted by: Trollop on January 12, 2011 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

I tremble at what this RepubliConfederate asshole will have to say at the next SOTU to get commemmorated on the next rifle edition:
"You lie, N****R!"
or,
"Kill the N****R!"
Worse?
Yes, maybe worse.
How? Never underestimate the hatred and vitriol of the cracker "mind!"

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 12, 2011 at 8:37 AM | PERMALINK

Why bother with words anymore? Wouldn't put it past 'em to just bring a few of those "Joe Wilson Specials" to the SOTU.

Posted by: tea, a drink on January 12, 2011 at 10:04 AM | PERMALINK

Absolute freaks.

When I read stuff like this, I wonder again and again, why do people still identify themselves as "proud Republicans." It would be one thing if this kind of thing represented the "fringe" of the party, but it couldn't be more mainstream as it's based on a Republican congressman disgracing himself in a grand display of willful ignorance before a joint session of Congress.

Idiocracy, thy name is Republican.

Posted by: June on January 12, 2011 at 10:07 AM | PERMALINK

Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) health care-era "you lie" interruption of President Obama is...being engraved on a series of lower receivers manufactured for popular AR-15 assault rifles.

But according to Sarah Plain (unintentional typo that I'm leaving), it is the act of CRITICIZING such events that will "incite...hatred and violence." Yes, up is well and truly the new down.

Posted by: Daddy Love on January 12, 2011 at 10:53 AM | PERMALINK

@JS: Can you give us the name of this young African-American Republican Congressman from Arizona who resigned? I don't think there are any African-American members of Congress from Arizona, of either party.

Posted by: jpeckjr on January 12, 2011 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

@jpeckjr -- It was a legislative district chairman (and four other officials from the same ld) not a congressman, but I don't think that matters as much as the action itself.

Posted by: Blue Girl on January 12, 2011 at 11:09 AM | PERMALINK

"You Lie" engraved on a gun...okay. Got the message. Palmetto's unsubtle attempt to elevate itself to the status of Carcano.

Could the gun come with a free gift? Perhaps a Christian cross stencilled in Judas silver with the words "Love One Another As I Loved You".

Salvation. Free. No bullets required. Supply unlimited. While the Wilson worshippers are at church this Sunday, maybe they'll think about getting some.

Posted by: Skip on January 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

@BlueGirl - thanks for that link! Wow - that story really needs to be widely read - it goes a long way to putting to rest the whole "the tea party has legitimate concerns" thing.

Excerpt:

"Tea party members supporting J.D. Hayworth for senator in the midterm elections accused Miller, an African American, of being a "McCain's boy." One detractor had even made his hand into the shape of a gun and pointed it at Miller."

Posted by: June on January 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM | PERMALINK

There's a certain kind of gun fetishist who will buy just about any gewgaw advertised in the back pages of Guns and Ammo. Consider the Conway Twitty Tribute Pistol. Yours for only $1,995! (h/t one of the snarkosphere blogs).

Most of these people deserve pity (though you have a heart of stone if you can help laughing at them). Not much to be afraid of, though feel free to wake me if some nut shows up at an Obama event with his "You Lie!" Special.

Posted by: kth on January 12, 2011 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

Because, obviously, the proper response when somebody lies to you (or you think they did) involves assault rifles. Or something.

Posted by: KarenJG on January 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM | PERMALINK

keno above makes the point that I'm surprise Steve didn't -- to put Wilson's words on a gun is to imply that the target of the gun should be the target of his words. It's an implied threat, masquerading as a sick "joke". The Secret Service should be investigating those guys.

Posted by: larry birnbaum on January 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

So, is the "You lie!" gun intended for use just against the POTUS, or can it be applied to any of his many political allies (aka socialist marxist fascists) as well?

If placing crosshairs on Gifford's district was bad, this is about 1000 times worse.

Posted by: noncarborundum on January 12, 2011 at 2:21 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks, Blue Girl. Steve B. picked up the story in his quick hits.

Posted by: jpeckjr on January 12, 2011 at 9:46 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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