Again. Don’t really know what packing heat has to do with healthcare. Why are guns part of the healthcare debate? Is it because you need to hold up an emergency room to get some healthcare? Explain! Things have gotten so ridiculous that as of Monday, now gaggles of people are bringing their small arms to rallies and now a radio show host has staged his own Arizona gun-in when the president was in town (It’s like a sit-in, but with guns) with a semi-automatic. You know? For publicity. Rick “Rob Riggle” Sanchez held the conservative host Ernest Hancock of Declare Your Independence feet to the fire over the stunt.
From Huffington Post:
During the segment on CNN, Rick Sanchez said, “the more we look into this, the more it appears that it was really planned.” Hancock concurred: “Oh, it’s more planned than you think.” In addition to scheduling the interview, Hancock had also informed the local police force.
As the interview continued, Rick Sanchez loudly exclaimed, “This was a publicity stunt!”
“Oh absolutely,” Hancock responded.
Sanchez pushed on, “isn’t there something terribly disingenuous about putting people on like that? And isn’t there also something a little bit… dangerous about playing these kinda games–“
“Oh, it’s not a game,” Chris interjected.
“—with what I imagine is a loaded weapon,” Sanchez continued.
“We know what we’re up against,” Hancock continued. “We’re up against a tyrannical government that will rob the next generation as long as they can get away with it.”
Although Chris and Hancock were conducting their interview at a health care rally, their discussion focused on guns.
“Is it your advocacy that by having guns here we’re probably all safer?” Hancock asked. Chris “absolutely” agreed. He then went on to explain how he was always armed, even when riding his motorcycle, though not always when he showered: “Sometimes when I take a shower I set it down on the sink.”
Very comforting to know.
Again! What do guns have to do with healthcare? Other than if you get shot you’ll probably need some healthcare. Why has the healthcare debate become this conservative Rorschach test where you take the public option and project upon it whatever governmental fears you have. Some people see the public option and go “They’re destroying my America!” Others look at it and see “They’re taking away my guns!” I look at it and see … “They’re trying to reform healthcare! Can we just talk about healthcare?!?!” Get your stupid guns out of my healthcare debate!
It’s like you’re trying to put on your big girl panties and have a grown up conversation and someone keeps bringing up how Paris Hilton is destroying America with her crappy hair weave headbands for sale at Sally’s Beauty Supply. Hair weave headbands that they never. Seem. Out. Of. And I’m like, hey? What does that have to do with what we’re talking about, only Paris Hilton, unlike, say, a semi-automatic rifle, can’t actually kill anyone with her crappy weave. Maybe you could try to choke someone with it. But I doubt it’s even good for that. Also, Paris Hilton’s weave is not intimidating. I’m not scared of Paris’ weave. Well … not scared for my life at least. Paris’ weave is not trying to bully me into submission or silence a debate by injecting foolishness and pulling radio shock jock stunts. It just wants to make my hair look horrible!
Owning a gun or having bad hair are not against the law, but neither have a place in the healthcare debate. Let’s try to stay on subject, people! The public option is not your new psych test.