Most of you remember Samuel J Wurzelbacher aka Joe the Plumber back in the 2008 election right? For Republicans he was hope (if you believe in all that) and conservatives listened to him. So much so, John McCain loved him too and used his opinions and his name every day on the campaign trail.
Well my friends, I think Joe the Plumber may have gone just a tad too far when it comes to his opinion on the right to bear arms in the United States. According to Sam in a political video he’s put out (he’s a nominee for Ohio’s ninth congressional district) his latest words are “In 1939, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, 6 million Jews and 7 million others unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.” Joe the Plumber has now blamed the Holocaust on gun control in 1939 Germany.
I read about this in a post on the Times News Feed in an article written by Olivia B. Waxman, “Joe the Plumber Blames Gun Control for the Holocaust.”
In Waxman’s article (link below) you must see the snazzy video embedded in the story where Joe the Plumber offers up statistics while he loads a rifle, aims and shoots—well, defenseless fruit. He then turns to the camera and says “I love America.” I guess he loves America so much because we have no gun control.
I remember when stand-up comedian Chris Rock said he thought guns were okay but bullets should cost $5,000 and he had a point.
Now I’m not saying people shouldn’t be allowed to own guns, but to use them as a political vote-for-me angle? I’m not so sure.
I was at my niece’s wedding in Ohio last weekend and her biological dad who is no longer married to my sister told me he was “packing a 380 in his tux.” I thought who brings a gun to a wedding (and no it wasn’t a shotgun wedding). Apparently, his girlfriend also packs—but at least she was nice enough not to tell me what she packs.
I do love America and I’m glad we do have the right to bear arms but come on Joe the Plumber—have you lost your mind? Of course, in Ohio, gun packing is very popular but so is prejudice so maybe old Joe the Plumber will win on that platform alone!