Marriage of Memes

multiple memes

Never ones to let a crisis go by these days, the left is still busy capitalizing on the Newton, CT shooting with a multi-layered collection of just the right memes.

Guns out of control: check.

When Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, inexplicably bent on ending as many lives as possible, he was carrying a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines. Sadly, this isn’t the first time the country has had to deal with the aftermath of a horrific shooting spree, nor is it the first time we’ve encountered an AR-15 in this context: only days earlier, it was the weapon of choice for a shooting at an Oregon mall that killed two people. Five months earlier, it was used by James Holmes in an attack that wounded fifty-eight people and killed twelve in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. And several years before that, a man and his teenage accomplice used a Bushmaster AR-15 to terrorize the Washington, DC, area with a series of random shootings.

The big, bad boogie-store, Walmart: check.

Although it is not yet clear where the Bushmaster AR-15 used by Lanza (and registered to his mother) was purchased, the model is familiar to many Walmart shoppers. It’s on sale at about 1,700 Walmart stores nationwide, though the retail chain pulled the weapon from its website early this afternoon.


The big-box chain at one point sold guns in only about a third of its stores, mainly in remote rural areas where hunting is popular. But in 2011, without much fanfare, Walmart expanded gun sales to half of its 3,982 stores nationwide, including those in more urban areas like Albuquerque and Spokane.

The expansion of gun sales at Walmart came after a five-year slowdown. In 2006, the chain announced that it was rolling gun sales back, citing declining profit margins on the relatively expensive weapons, which even at Walmart can retail for hundreds of dollars. But in 2011, company executives were looking at eight straight quarters of declining sales at stores open for a year or more—the worst slump in Walmart’s history.

Conservatives (which all gun-lovers are) have an irrational fear of our black president, Obama: check.

They must also have noticed that Barack Obama’s inauguration had sparked a rally in gun sales, which have steadily increased every year since 2008. The government isn’t allowed to track firearm sales, but the FBI does release figures on how many retailers ask it to run background checks—a relatively reliable indicator of total gun sales, although likely a lowball estimate, since a person can buy multiple guns on a single background check, and many gun shows aren’t required to perform such checks. In 2007, retailers asked the FBI for just over 11 million background checks; by the end of 2009, 
14 million checks were requested—a 27 per-
cent increase.

Gratuitously hyperbolic activist quote + Union promotion: check.

“This gun thing, it’s really just a nightmare,” says Bertha Lewis, president of the Black Institute, which has been organizing Walmart workers this year to protest wages and working conditions. Given its aggressive gun sales, Walmart’s logo “shouldn’t be a smiley face; it should be an automatic weapon,” she adds.

And the inevitable conclusion-by-clusterfuck-of-memes/bad-argument: check

Other anti-violence activists are disturbed by Walmart’s much-ballyhooed expansion into urban markets like Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles, Reno, Detroit and other cities. That, combined with the increased gun sales, could be a recipe for disaster.

The chain says it won’t sell guns at those stores—a condition of approval for a new Walmart in Washington, DC—but Bertha Lewis is wary. Even if that turns out to be true, the guns are likely to be sold at a Walmart somewhere else in the area. “Guns are a scourge in black and brown and low- and moderate-income communities,” Lewis says. “And here comes Walmart with Mr. Smiley Face: ‘Here, here’s a $5 sweater—and, oh, by the way, you can get this gun.’”

Lewis thinks the gun sales will soon be a new front in the activist campaign against Walmart. “You’re going to see it more and more and more as folks organize against Walmart,” she says. “One of their vulnerabilities is their stance on guns. Don’t try to sell me an apple and a gun at the same 
time. Don’t tell me that you’re trying to give fresh fruit and vegetables to people so that they can have a healthy life, and then you turn around and on the next counter you have instruments of death.”

OMG! URGENT! Walmart is opening their gun-selling stores in inner cities! Where black and brown people reside! We can’t allow that because of that, you know, “recipe for disaster.” Note: This reasoning cannot be construed as racist because of the profile of the speaker.

Geez, it’s all so formulaic in politics anymore. No wonder I’m bored. This is an open thread.

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40 Responses to Marriage of Memes

  1. Adam says:

    I want to share an amazing short film called “A Perfect Day” about a potential mass shooter on the morning of, and an unsuspecting stranger who opens the shooter’s eyes to the implications of what he’s about to do. Powerful stuff!

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Nice collection of memes 😀 Shooter guy did try and buy a gun at Dick’s Sporting goods but refused the mandatory waiting period and background check so they refused to sell him a gun. I think the system does work.

  3. votermom says:

    Tebow is my favorite sports celeb:

    • votermom says:

      well, kids and employees have to present a doctor’s note when their absence exceeds 3 days, so I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask a witness to present proof of illness.
      I’m sick of the Obama “how dare you ask me for records” attitude to spread more than it already has.

      • DeniseVB says:

        It’s also a scary injury for somebody in Hillary’s position NOT to have taken all the precautions and admitted, which may have saved Natasha Richardson’s life, from wiki …

        On 16 March 2009, Richardson sustained a head injury when she fell while taking a beginner skiing lesson at the Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec, Canada about 80 miles (130 km) from Montreal. The injury was followed by a lucid interval, when Richardson seemed to be fine and was able to talk and act normally. Paramedics and an ambulance which initially responded to the accident were told they were not needed and left.[19] Refusing medical attention twice, she returned to her hotel room and about three hours later was taken to a local hospital in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts after complaining of a headache.[20][21] She was transferred from there by ambulance to Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur, Montreal, in critical condition and was admitted about seven hours after the fall.[22][23] The following day she was flown to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where she died on 18 March at the age of 45.[1][24] An autopsy conducted by the New York City Medical Examiners Office on 19 March revealed the cause of death was an “epidural hematoma due to blunt impact to the head”, and her death was ruled an accident.[20]

        That was a tragic accident and I always worry about that when I hear “bumped head”.

    • votermom says:

      Imo, I am dubious about the timing as well. It’s just that my impression from watching Hillary is that she’s such a workaholic that even if she were concussed, she’d find a way to do her job despite being ill. Even if it meant skyping in from the hospital. She would make a definite reschedule at least.

      So this seems like deliberate avoidance strategy.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I think it was John Bolton that diagnosed her with Diplomatic Illness because he used it all the time 😀

        Maybe Hillary’s just trying to buy time. Remember, we have not heard from any of the Benghazi survivors yet. Or even know who they are ? Oh she will be testifying eventually.

    • Constance says:

      I agree she is faking it. Which means there is reason for her to fear testifying.

  4. votermom says:

  5. HELENK says:

    random thought.

    for many years I thought that joseph mccarthy was a nutcase.
    today looking at the government we have and the msm and hollywood, I am not so sure that he was all that wrong.
    he may have taken things too far, but his basic premise does not seem that far off today.

    • blowme0bama says:

      He was correct. It is a long standing Hollyweird meme. There were paid soviet agents in our colleges and the film industry. You come to realize that EVERYTHING derisive anti-american meme which derives from pop culture is a LIE.

  6. HELENK says:

    Guns off the shelves..for now. Dick’s Sporting Goods in Danbury: #Newtown

  7. Constance says:

    It’s because liberals and progressives see their politics as their religion. They need rules to follow religiously and a set of beliefs to absorb and repeat without thought. This sort of article could be really helpful to them since it sort of gathers up their world view in one place. You know you might be able to expand on this and sell it as sort of a liberal progressive “good book” that they could look to for validation. Of course you would have to take out the snark. It might be kind of fun and very profitable.

  8. HELENK says:

    Iowa hawk

    2012 in America’s most gun-controlled city: 2,364 shootings, 487 homicides.


  9. tommy says:

    IMO, theres gonna be enormous blowback. According to a poll I read a couple of days ago, 81% of Americans own guns, whether dem or pub. If the progs persist on gun control, 2014 would be ’10 on steroids. This is their official overreach.

  10. yttik says:

    I’m really bored, too! It’s all so predictable and redundant. But I loved that, “marriage of the memes.” The “conclusion-by-clusterfuck-of-memes” was funny, too.

    I can’t even go to city council meetings anymore because eventually I dissolve into inappropriate giggling. These people are not communicating, they’re not talking to each other, they’re expressing one unrelated meme after another. It’s frustrating, but then it gets so ridiculous, I have to laugh. Seriously, the city wants to respond to this school tragedy so somebody suggests that we ban plastic bags. Somebody else wants us to paint our garbage cans green. Get it? We’re going green! Yes, that’s precisely why these tragedies occur, global warming and no respect for the environment!

    And of course, our city has a perpetual Committee to Ban WalMart, which pretty much just wastes tax payer money researching the evils of WalMart.

      • yttik says:

        LOL, we should make a list of all the memes and mindless political phrases we never want to hear again. I hate them all, even nice ones like “the reason for the season.” I want to scream, “fool, you did not just try to dump a lazy ass rhyming talking point on me, did you?” 🙂

        I know the reason for the season, but darned if I can stand it when people can’t express themselves in their own words and have to resort to over used jingles! I turn into Santa Claws and the Grinch all at once.

        • A Vile Prog Memethology is a great idea. So is a Conservative one, because some of those folks are just as bad.

        • yttik says:

          The thing about memes is that they are disconnected from brain cells. There’s no thinking required. People are just saying something because it sounds tribal. Somebody says “war on women,” and it identifies them as belonging to certain tribe, but really they know absolutely nothing about women’s rights…nor do they even care.

  11. tommy says:

    FTR, its time for the utter doom and gloom posts. 21st is approaching rapidly. Come on mods, don’t dissapoint us. Besides, the hits will increase as you hype up the occasion. Just a suggestion. Lol

  12. catarina says:

    My local gun store is sold out of AR’s and won’t take any more orders either.
    Who’d have seen that coming?/s

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