Are guns the new fashion statement?
Whether you're headed out to shout down a congressman at a town hall meeting on health care or attending a presidential speech to show that foreign-born usurper in the White House that you won't be intimidated, a firearm is the must-have fashion accessory this summer for the wingnut on the go.
We talked a little last week about William Kostric, the hardy Vermonter who showed up at a presidential appearance with a gun strapped to his hip because, he told Chris Matthews, he "wanted to be heard." (Kostric did not, as we implied last week, get arrested or have his gun confiscated. That was another fellow nearby who, unlike Kostric, had his gun concealed. This column regrets the error.)
Who knew that Kostric, who's a dead ringer for the guy who played Kramer on Seinfeld, would turn out to be such a trendsetter? Suddenly, it seems, wingnuts who show up to see the president of the United States without a firearm would be so out of style they might as well have shown up in a leisure suit.
At a recent Obama speech in Phoenix, for instance, several folks showed up packing heat. One young man, identified only as "Chris," had an AR-15 assault rifle slung on his shoulder to complement his nice shirt and tie. You could say he was dressed to kill.
Chris told an interviewer he brought the gun to show that "We will forcefully resist people imposing their will on us through the strength of the majority with a vote." I guess this goes to show just how out of fashion I really am, what with believing in democracy and peaceful transfers of power after elections and whatnot. I feel so passe.
The White House, for its part, showed that they're down with this fun new trend. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the White House had no problem with folks showing up with their favorite armament and observed that all of the well-heeled hecklers were acting within local laws.
This attitude must have come as a great disappointment to the protesters, in much the same way a teenager is deflated when the outfit she was all geared up to have a confrontation over gets only a "you look nice" from Mom. After all, a central tenet of wingnut fear is that the Scary Mooslim Man and his liberal posse are coming to take their guns.
I imagine Chris secretly felt a little cheated when the cops didn't try to wrest his AR-15 away so he could go all Charlton Heston and start screaming about his "cold, dead hand." Next thing you know, Obama won't be trying to kill his grandma, and then what will he have to be upset about?
So now that guns are trendy to wear when you're out and about, what, you may ask, is the proper gun for each occasion? Obviously, each person has to develop their own unique look, but here are some ideas:
For a night out with the missus, say a nice dinner and a show, the classic look of his-and-hers pearl-handled revolvers is always in style. For late-night clubbing, give your outfit a bit of urban chic with the fun and funky MAC-10 machine pistol, or go for a more sophisticated European look with the Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifle.
For church, funerals, and other solemn occasions, something dignified and subdued is the way to go, like the simple and unadorned lines of the Glock 9mm (unless you're Jewish, in which case you may prefer the Israeli-made Uzi or Galil assault weapons).
In the workplace, you want to avoid looking flashy or trashy. Avoid firearms with chrome or nickel plating, which just screams "look at me!" and shows that you're insecure in your own competence. Something simple and businesslike is the key to tell people you're a force to be reckoned with. To that end, you can't go wrong with the .44 magnum. And for real high-powered negotiations: suitcase nuke.
Please, wingnuts, keep carrying guns to political events. They look so good on you. And there's no better way to convince the average American that opponents of health-care reform and of the president aren't crazy.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
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