[Watch]‘I Must Protect My Elvis Statue’: Critic Pokes Fun at Rising Gun Buys
Fear has gripped some conservatives in the wake of the massive Black Lives Matter protests which has led to increased gun purchases. Some conservatives are responding to the recent push to take down Confederate statues and believe they must protect themselves and their communities.
One critic is poking fun at the gun buys. The Chicago Tribune’s columnist Rex Huppke wrote, “According to FBI data, nearly 3 million firearm background checks were conducted in May, a 32% jump over the same month last year. And according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (I’m a member, but mainly for the cool T-shirts), the first half of this year brought in more than 2.5 million first-time gun owners.”
Huppke continued, “This is obviously great news. You don’t have to be an expert on social stability to know the best way to calm a nervous, angry nation is to add a few million additional lethal firearms into the mix. And besides, it’s our constitutional right to shoot at anything that comes on our property, whether it’s a coronavirus, a scary person yelling things we disagree with or a horde of Marxists trying to tear down the 16-foot Elvis statue in my front yard.”
Conservatives were not amused by the article. Dan Zimmerman who runs the blog The Truth About Guns was particularly offended. He wrote, “There’s nothing quite like being condescended to and sneered at by an effete ‘humor’ columnist as he shakes his head and tsk-tsks at the spectacle of all the rubes out there responding rationally to violence in the streets and civil unrest.”
Some of Zimmerman’s readers wrote in agreement. One reader wrote, “He thinks he is so woke. Until he wakes up staring at a gun in his face and is turned into a cuck and then murdered. I’m sure he won’t mind that’s how you pay for the sins of white privilege.” Another reader wrote, “If I had an Elvis statue, a lawn jockey or a birdbath I would suggest that you not try and tear it down, just a suggestion in the interest of public health.”