In the wake of announcing “Guns Save Lives Day” initially to coincide with the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, and Monday’s appearance by Bellevue’s Alan Gottlieb on Piers Morgan’s CNN show, anti-gunners have flooded the SAF e-mail Inbox with suggestions about suicide or murder that can be exemplified by one message yesterday from a New Jersey man.
“A la the Einsatzgruppen, my recommendation is for you to line up your children and grandchildren in front of an anonymous grave. Use an AR-15 semi-assault rile (sic) to cull your family of sycophants,” he wrote in part. “I wish you and you (sic) family all the anguish of gun violence. We'll follow with an annual group celebration. Tout suite.”
In a separate e-mail from a different address, this same fellow also suggested, “Shoot yourself in the f---ing head.” The man signed his name, but to protect him from backlash, this column is withholding that.
Gottlieb is founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Both groups are no strangers to controversy, but the hate mail from some people over the past three days has been so over the top that it has alarmed some SAF staffers.
Controversy has a way of bringing out the worst in some people, including Morgan, whose appearance yesterday on CBS This Morning to ostensibly tout his new, albeit misnamed, book “Shooting Straight,” led to an embarrassing exchange in which Morgan incorrectly said gun rights are protected by the First Amendment. For a man on a mission to destroy the Second Amendment, he evidently doesn’t know this country’s Bill of Rights very well, and he is being widely ridiculed for the gaffe today.
Even Gottlieb could not resist, noting in a press release about Morgan’s flub, “He should not take himself seriously about guns because nobody else does, either.” Gottlieb noted that his fiery appearance with Morgan Monday initiated a stunning SAF membership and donation spike from people who saw the exchange on YouTube rather than watch the program.
“You simply have to love Piers Morgan,” Gottlieb said. “Trying to have a rational conversation with him about guns is like filming a recruiting commercial for the gun rights movement.”
Speaking sarcastically about “rational conversations,” messages from anti-gunners incensed over the “Guns Save Lives Day” announcement strongly suggest that gun prohibitionists are far less balanced than gun owners. One individual wrote, “I hope somebody shoots Alan Gotlieb (sic) on Dec. 14,” the original date set for the gun rights observation.
The date was switched Monday to Dec. 15 to coincide with Bill of Rights Day, but that hasn’t satisfied critics of the original idea from saying things like, “I hope you are all shot by your own guns.”
Another remarked, “You people should use your guns on yourselves, so we can laugh at your blood being spilled. It would be doing humanity a favor, trust me.” How can you trust someone who doesn’t sign his or her name to an e-mail?
And then there was this gem, which also came from someone who actually did “kind of” sign his name in his return e-mail address: “You f---ing disgusting a--holic cretinous morons!!! Of all the incredibly stupid and insensitive things to do. Hopefully someone will come and shoot all of you. That would be poetic justice. F--K YOU ALL!!!!!!!”
One individual faxed a message to Gottlieb noting, “I sincerely hope someone puts a bullet in your little brain. Or, do it yourself.” It is not clear whether the last three words are part of the final sentence, or perhaps more appropriately the individual’s signature, but it says “S—t for brains.”
That just about sums it up.