In their rush to show America who hates immigrants the most, Republicans have passed from nauseating to flat-out irresponsible. Instead of just demanding every person with brown skin be instantly deported or pretending tens of thousands of refugee kids (most of them under the age of 11) are actually hardened criminals or that they’re covered in filthy diseases, right wing radio host and GOP hopeful Jody Hice has suggested that the best way to “secure” the border is exercise our Second Amendment rights:
In response to a question about the border crisis, Hice said, “that is the reason we have a Second Amendment.”
“Ultimately, it’s not about hunting and fishing and that type of thing,” he said. “It’s about our ability as individuals to defend ourselves, be it in our own private property, but most importantly, ultimately, it comes down to the right of defending ourselves against tyranny should our government ever become a threat to our liberties. And when you are talking about a government that refuses to secure our borders, you are talking about a government that is not taking seriously its responsibility to defend us.”
Despite Hice’s little sop to deniability by mentioning “private property”, he’s still openly advocating violence against immigrants that are supposedly swarming over the border. The reality, however, is that this so-called “invasion” is comprised of children coming to the border and turning themselves in to the first adult with a badge they can find. Calling that an invasion is like calling the survivors of the Titanic “pirates” as they were rescued by the Carpathia. Yet, here we have Hice talking about how his fellow ammosexuals need to defend themselves with their guns.
Again, from children.
What are they supposed to do? Stand at the border and scream “Go away or I’ll scream ‘Go away’ again!”? Of course not. The clear suggestion is that ammosexuals need to actually use their guns. In other words: shoot at children. Specifically, children fleeing violence and the highest murder rates in the western hemisphere. Because America is a Christian nation!
Did I mention that Jody Hice is a Southern Baptist Reverend? Yeah, a “man” of the cloth who claims to follow the words of Jesus Christ is so horrified at brown children coming to America, he wants us to shoot at them. I don’t personally believe in Jesus but I have to imagine that if he were here, he would be vomiting in absolute disgust.
It’s been clear for a long time that the most treasured fantasy of the ammosexual right is to shoot a brown person and get away with it. That a Republican running for office is advocating that very thing is a whole new level of disturbing and is a clear indication of why our government is broken; not because “both sides” have become “too extreme” but because the right wing has degenerated to the point that threatening violence against children is not just acceptable, it’s a political strategy.