By now, you have almost undoubtedly heard about the 80+ people murdered in a shooting in Norway, and I would like to extend my heart-felt sympathies and prayers to the families and friends of those killed or wounded in this heinous act.
Unfortunately, rather than leave it at a comment like that, the various anti-rights cultists across the world started spooling up their spin engines before the first body had even completely cooled yet, and are currently falling all over themselves dancing in the blood of the murdered innocents, proclaiming how this incident is just “proof” that more countries need more “gun control” and that all “right-wing extremists” are just gun-happy murderers looking for an excuse to kill people.
You do not believe me? Well, we are going to take a brief departure from this category’s typical pattern – the below quote is completely and totally unedited, and I have provided a screencapture to prove it. These are Fabio Periera’s actual words, as quoted from his Twitter account:
Again, those words are completely unedited. Now, ignore for a second the specious stereotyping, shameful fearmongering, fallacious appeal to probability, and rather predictable ad hominem attack; instead, consider Fabio’s use of the word “exist”.
He considers it “tragic” that people of a certain political belief “exist”.
Note that he did not write that it is “tragic” that a person of a specific political belief murdered all those people (in fact, his phrasing “lives were lost” specifically distances himself from the very notion of murder by use of the passive voice); note that he did not write that it is “tragic” that a person chose, of his own free will, to murder almost a hundred other people… No, to Fabio Periera, it is “tragic” that an entire demographic of the world “exists”, at all.
So, if those people existing cause Fabio extreme distress or sorrow, what would make him happy? Well, the thesaurus provides one single, solitary antonym to “exist”: die.
From his own words, we can conclude that it would bring Fabio great pleasure if all “right-wing gun nuts” were to die. Why? Just because they are “right-wing gun nuts”.
If that is not bald-faced, unabashed, audacious bigotry and rampant intolerance, I do not know what is.
Of course, the irony of the situation is that Fabio is a self-described “minority”. I shall not take a guess as to his ethnic composition, but I can guarantee you that there exist a non-zero number of people who consider it a “tragedy” that he “exists” as well solely because of the color of his skin, and I can likewise guarantee you that he would regard those people with the utmost contempt and disdain.
… Kind of like how I am regarding him now.
And while I would sincerely love to say that Fabio’s bigotry was something of an exception, the truth is that it is not – one need only look at the archives of this category to observe how anti-rights cultists regard anyone who cherishes and defends their individual rights. If their comments about firearm owners were made about any other social or political group, they would be immediately – and appropriately – castigated for their reprehensible behavior, but when they say these things about firearm owners, it is suddenly acceptable?
I think not.
[UPDATE] Reasoned Discourse strikes again! It would appear as though Fabio Periera took the coward’s route, and flushed the above tweet down a memory hole. Unfortunately for him, the internet never forgets. [/UPDATE]