Joe The Plumber is back — two days after penning an “open letter” to the grieving parents of the Isla Vista mass shooting victims, in which he told them that their “dead kids” were less important than his unfettered gun rights. This time, Joe The Plumber, whose real name is Samuel Wurzelbacher, has authored another essay about gun rights in which he responds to critics of his earlier letter who deemed his comments insensitive.
“As far as me being nice, cordial, respectful — don’t hurt people’s feelings,” wrote Joe The Plumber on his personal “Joe For America” blog. “Bla bla? We tried that and look where it got us?”
In the new blog posting, Joe The Plumber explains that he published his earlier letter the day after Memorial Day because “devious schemes of oppression” — by which he means gun control measures — would “make a mockery of our fallen heroes who died defending our way of life.”
Wurzelbacher, aka Joe The Plumber, goes on to say that the Isla Vista killings were “useful” to “left-leaning politicians and their lapdogs in the mainstream media want to use this “crisis” to further chip away our rights.”
He accuses survivors of the shooting of becoming “props in a staged circus of phony outrage.”
After a brief digression to express his own, presumably genuine outrage about the Veterans Affairs scandal, Joe The Plumber takes the remainder of the essay to explain why he believes that gun rights are all-important.
“Whistles don’t protect women from rape – a Glock does!,” he says. “When armed men come into your house to steal, a baseball bat doesn’t cut it. Unless you have an automatic-baseball bat. I want one of those – email me. When a nut-job decides to go on a killing spree and the cops are 5 to 15 minutes away, you are screwed unless you are carrying a Colt.”
While Wurzelbacher appears to be advocating the use of guns for self-defense, statistics compiled by the FBI show that handguns are used far more often to fatally settle arguments than to stop crimes.
According to the most recently available FBI stats, in 2011, 1,948 Americans were shot dead as the result of arguments, compared to just 201 justifiable homicides — that is, felons shot dead by private citizens during the commission of a crime.
But self defense is not the most important reason for unrestricted gun rights, says Joe The Plumber. The most important function, he says, is the assassination of political figures.
“This is the most important one,” Joe The Plumber writes. “Guns are mostly for hunting down politicians who would actively seek to take your freedoms and liberty away from you.”
Wurzelbacher cites “Hitler, Mao, Kim Jung Il, Castro, Stalin, just for starters,” as examples of political figures who he, Joe The Plumber, would have “hunted down.”