Joe the Plumber Says Your Dead Kids Don’t Trump His Constitutional Rights

Joe_the_PlumberRemember the other day when Richard Martinez, father of 20-year-old Chris Martinez, who was killed by Eliott Rodgers during his shooting rampage in Santa Barbara, California, placed the blame for his son’s death on “craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA”?

Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say ‘stop this madness, we don’t have to live like this?’

Well, conservatism has answered. Their spokesman, none other than Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, founder, we are told, of His verdict?

In An Open Letter to the Parents of the Victims Murdered by Elliot Rodger, Wurzelbacher says,

“Your dead kids don’t trump my constitutional rights.”

You read that right. Here’s the full quote:

I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now. But:

As harsh as this sounds – your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.

He of course lays the blame at Obama’s door:

We still have the Right to Bear Arms and I intend to continue to speak out for that right, and against those who would restrict it – even in the face of this horrible incident by this sad and insane individual. I almost said “Obama Voter” but I’m waiting for it to be official.

I noticed the mainstream media have stopped the practice of immediately reporting the psycho maniac is a conservative Tea Party Republican Christian. Guess they’re sick of having to hide being wrong every time when it comes out the whacko votes Democrat?

Never mind that it never comes out that the “whacko” votes Democrat but then the Constitution wasn’t inspired by the Bible either, or written by God, and Sarah Palin is not Esther reborn.

Wurzelbacher says he cares about Mr. Martinez’s family and that those who want increased gun controls – including Mr. Martinez himself – does not. He tells the grieving Mr. Martinez, “any feelings you have toward my rights being taken away from me, lose those.”

What about Mr. Martinez’s First Amendment rights, you ask?

Sorry folks, it turns out Joe the Plumber’s Second Amendment rights not only trump your right to life, but your First Amendment rights as well. You don’t even have a right to complain about your kids being killed by guns.

I can only imagine the sound of Wurzelbacher’s squealing if he was told to lose any feelings he might have about his Second Amendment rights. He’d be the first to claim his First Amendment rights were under attack.

We have just watched Joe the Plumber re-write the Declaration of Independence to say that,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, which are trumped only by the right of gun owners to take your life, restrain your liberty, and trample your happiness.

Wurzelbacher isn’t alone of course. Right Wing Watch is reporting that disgraced Navy chaplain and professional hypocrite Gordon Klingenschmitt is saying,

“There is a demonic spirit of murder and suicide and abuse” behind gun control efforts, Klingenschmitt said, citing the Book of Judges to proclaim that “the Bible talks against disarming the citizens [and] says all the citizens ought to be armed so they can defend themselves against left wing crazies who go in there to try and assault God’s people.”

No, the Bible doesn’t say that. The last thing Jewish kings wanted was a populace of people armed and capable of challenging their authority. Like other Bronze Age rulers, Jewish kings kept their own well-armed thugs to trample their subjects.

The right wing reaction to the violent killings they bear so much responsibility for is always a wonder to behold.

It’s just a shame their need for reality to be something other than it is trumps, in their minds, our right to live in our shared reality, and, indeed, to live at all.

24 Replies to “Joe the Plumber Says Your Dead Kids Don’t Trump His Constitutional Rights”

  1. Yes, the right to life ends as soon as the fetus takes its first breath outside the womb. Every egg and every sperm must be protected, but every living child? Nope, their God and the Christofacists don’t care. Give them their assault rifles and their Heritage Foundation versions of the Bible and the Constitution, and they’re fine. This is sick. And who cares what party this kid did or did not follow (my guess is the GOP’s contempt for women is at work here, though, not someone who admired the President and his lovely family, Joe!) He got guns and he used them. One would hope it doesn’t take the family members of these NRA nuts being shot to wake them up, but I have given up thinking that common sense will ever prevail with them.

  2. I’d like to know what laws have been passed, what Constitutional Amendments have been ratified, that have taken away a person’s right to own guns.

    The fact is, there are none.

    That said, there is no reason whatsoever that this country, which prides itself on being “civilized,” cannot have reasonable gun control legislation.

    This would not interfere with a person’s rights at all. Not one bit.

    It might, however, save a few lives.

  3. With every one of these mass shootings, they have absolutely NO respect for grieving families whatsoever and our political “leaders” answer only to cash. I am so ashamed of my country.

  4. Joe/Sam is wrong, as usual.

    From the Declaration of Independence:
    “… are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    Unalienable. Endowed by their Creator, the same Creator that they say trumps the Constitution.

    The Second Amendment to the Constitution on the other hand, is an amendment to the original document. The Constitution, a document written by men, can be changed. We can even amend that amendment!

    For instance:
    “The first clause of this amendment is first, gunhumpers: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” If you are not part of a well-regulated militia (the National Guard), of course your right to bear arms will be infringed. How stupid are you?”

    Roast in hell, McCain. Your other Frankenstein’s monster finally outdid that braying dolt, Palin. What a legacy. You must …

  5. Words fail me — I simply am unable to fathom how anyone could be so callous and cold hearted to say that his child, who was just murdered, means less than this asshole’s Second Amendment right to have guns. Whenever you think these idiots like Joe can’t go any lower than they already have they find a way to lower the bar even lower.

  6. Chances are, Joe is a states’ rights person, too. Wonder if he lives for the day his state secedes and becomes ruled by gun nuts like himself? If that day comes, those people will probably be quick to disarm all registered Democrats within their borders, and to seal those borders, tout suite.

  7. Thank you for re-iterating a point that I made yesterday.
    (Sigh) we all know why the media continues to give attention to these room-temperature IQ losers, but they should at least be honest enough to mention that he is an unabashed hypocrite, having bad-mouthed labor unions and then taking a job at a Jeep plant and becoming a UAW member this past February. I’m sure that, offered enough money, he would also willingly give up his powder-driven penile substitutes.

  8. The stupid just keeps coming! As has been previously evidenced, this idiot POS will do whatever it takes to extend his 15 minutes. The simple-minded RW Christian extremists must be so proud!

  9. As evidence of a gun nut’s general ignorance,I’m sure that if God forbid, J the P’s children are murdered in a similar mass shooting, that he would still be screaming for his second amendment rights & against the conspiracy to “take his guns away”. Cold,dead hands are the only way they’ll shut up!

  10. It appears that until it becomes”our dead children.”Nothing will ever change maybe not even then,they appear to value their metal “penis’s” more then anything else.

  11. I was in a gun store to purchase more pellets for my air rifle and the owner said ” I don’t give a damn how many useless people die! God probably wanted them dead any way!” I asked him if the elementary school children at Newtown also deserved to die and if he thought God wanted them dead too, he didn’t skip a beat- ” Hell yes! That’s what happens when Liberals get their way and what happens because there aren’t enough guns in this country” To which I opened up the pellet box and threw them in his face. Of course the coward called the police and said I assaulted him, the cop laughed in his face.

  12. I’m not sure even losing their own family members to gunfire would change these peoples’ minds. Apparently, in their minds, there is no right to life.

  13. NRA and the Reb. will hold there ground on lose gun laws to protect the $$ to fund there office and position of power. I believe they understand whats right but there hands are tide to the money and power that the NRA brings to the table. We know this will happen again. The only question is when and where will it happen?

  14. How sad that people of this country have so little regard for the human life. It is OK to end the life of the living, but abortions are wrong? There is something radically wrong with the views of todays’ society. Guns are valued more than the human life. How sad.

  15. The next time one of these Gun nut cowards uses that “Cold dead hands” line on you just look them dead in the eyes closely and say sternly… “Works for ME!!) and walk away as they spew or stew…

  16. Joe the Mud-Wrestler and his peers have a collective “wet-dream” of turning this country into one gigantic, slop-flinging, political pig farm! Whenever you start thinking these cretins cannot go any lower, they “hose-down” the playing field until the whole thing turns to mud followed by a free-for-all mud-wrestling match (they like to believe this is how you win disagreements, women, and, elections!).

    Keep in mind that this IS their heritage!

    It’s part of their multi-generational dysfunctional psyche as poor white slaves prior to the civil war. They are, for the most part, low-functioning disenfranchised illiterates who have always sided with their “mass-sa”. Mud-wrestling is all they really know…they’ve cultivated this format into lifestyle. They have no idea that they are fodder for entertainment…

    They’re here, full of beer,(when they drive their van up your lawn, make donuts, turn the hose on), so, get used to it, “Merika”.

  17. Sam “My name really isn’t Joe and I’m not really a plumber” Wurzelbacher is a spotlight-seeking opportunistic political poseur, desperately in search of something relevant to say … you know, kinda like Sarah Palin.

    This knuckle-walking asshole has been overextending his “15 minutes” … since the day McCain attempted to make him the ‘poster boy of Obama-phobia’ back in 2008 … you know, kinda like Sarah Palin.

  18. Even though every republican may not think about guns the way that Joe the not-plumber does, when people like him are given a national platform to say the kind of sh*t he says, it makes others think he represents most republicans because none of those who don’t think the way he does has the courage to stand up and challenge him. It’s a shame that they permit people like him to be the face of the GOPTP. Most sane individuals are turned off by his callousness, but there’s no Rience Priebus, Boehner, McConnell, or Cantor to say, “Wait, hold up, this is not who we are.” They’re the type of cowards my mom used to describe as “chickens, guts, feathers, and all.” This is why I discount anything they have to say about being pro-life. They’re not pro-life, they’re pro-fetus, and as soon as the child is born, they expect him/her to begin pulling him/herself up by their bootstraps, while they do everything they can to impede his/her progress toward having a better life. B*stards.

  19. In the first place, nobody wants to take Joe’s guns from him, but let’s put that aside for a moment and realize what he’s saying. It’s OK by Joe the Plumber that innocent children have to die if that’s what it takes for him to be free to own his guns without any restrictions whatsoever. To Joe the Plumber and his friends, his right to bear arms is more precious than the lives of innocent children. Yeah, that sounds about right. No surprise there. That’s how the NRA and others like them see the world, too. How disgusting.

  20. Apparently, though, Joe’s right to have his own personal arsenal trumps OUR right to have our babies come home safe from school. Our right to educate our children and THEIR right to move about a free society without fear of being murdered or accidentally shot by some lunatic, well apparently that takes a backseat to Joe and his gun-loving buddies’ rights to own as many precious murder weapons as they can get their hands on, as well.

    Oh, and NOW it’s a Democratic thing to run around murdering at random with guns even though according to these same people, Democrats are a bunch of lily-livered wusses who don’t own guns and want them all taken away from people who do. They act as if it’s the Democrats who have been threatening to kill people for 6 years because they hate the President, even threatening the Pres and his family directly. I hate these jerks so much, they are just completely without any compassion or humanity towards ANYONE. They are monsters.

  21. Necrophilic gun fetishists right to assuage their deep-seated insecurities, profound inadequacies, and abject cowardice by brandishing a lethal weapon like a surrogate penis should not supersede our rights to live in a peaceful, civilized society, and to send our children to school, or the mall, or a movie, and have a reasonable expectation that they not be butchered into a steaming lifeless pile of bloody meat on the floor.

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