Joe The Plumber Says Guns Are For Hunting Down Politicians

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Joe the Plumber (Samuel Wurzelbacher) channeled his inner Jared Loughner this week by declaring on his web site that the most important reason for having guns is to hunt down politicians. On his Joe for America web page, he gave a list of reasons for why guns are needed, ending with this commentary:

And – this is the most important one:

Guns are mostly for hunting down politicians who would actively seek to take your freedoms and liberty away from you.

Now Joe the Plumber does not specify by name which politicians should be hunted down, although he does say to Google “Hitler, Mao, Kim Jung Il, Castro [and] Stalin” just for starters.  His defenders may argue that his comments would only apply to tyrannical dictators, but the fact is Joe the Plumber is talking about guns in America, so it stands to reason that the politicians he thinks need to be hunted down are American politicians.

This sort of insurrectionist rhetoric has become all too familiar in the modern pro-gun movement in the United States. This is the very rhetoric that is used to justify political assassination attempts like Jared Loughner’s deranged attempt to murder Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in 2011.

Now, again, some defenders of Joe the Plumber may dismiss his comments as innocuous, saying that in context he is referring to shooting dictators not elected leaders. However, that would be overlooking Joe the Plumber’s view that Obama is acting as a lawless tyrant and a dictator. In that context, it is not much of a stretch to argue that Samuel Wurzelbacher is implicitly condoning hunting down the President of the United States. While Joe the Plumber probably has no intention of actually shooting a public official, his irresponsible rhetoric could embolden a mentally unstable right-winger to feel justified in shooting the President or another elected politician.

Right-wing defenders of unrestricted gun rights have long entertained delusions of fighting off government forces in an epic struggle for liberty. In their absurd guerrilla fantasies, they draw analogies between modern America and Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia to validate their insurrectionist paranoia and to paint themselves as defenders of freedom. However, when people like Joe the Plumber argue that the purpose for having guns is to hunt down democratically elected politicians, it is he and his followers that are the greatest threat to our freedom, rather than the politicians he believes should be targeted for assassination.


50 Replies to “Joe The Plumber Says Guns Are For Hunting Down Politicians”

  1. Ignorant motor-mouth bullies like Joe the Plumber are a much bigger threat to my “gun rights” than any of the anti-gun groups or politicians he fears. These fools are promoting an atmosphere of fear and intimidation that inevitably leads to mindless violence and the push to ban all firearms. Thanks a lot, jerk.

  2. Yet another one of the republican wunderkins. They should have invited him and Cliven Bundy to their little love fest in New Orleans to speak. Joe could have opened with, “Let me me tell you what I know about the politician.” Bundy and Robertson could have had a double date.

  3. He’s keeping his name in the headlines, where it most certainly does NOT belong, and that’s all he’s doing besides riling up the nuts. Yeah, that’s what we need, more nuts being riled. This is who Bugs Bunny was talking about.

  4. In my district. Guy that ran against him spent 0 dollars and Samuel won the primary by less than 2%.

  5. Anybody want to pitch in for a one way ticket to Somalia for this clown? It is way past time to ostracize these idiots.

  6. Stop giving this ass a stage. This is not a news story, he’s not a news story. Why dose the media continue to give these assholes a platform. If not for John McCain we would not know nothing of him or Palin. They have no relevance.

  7. Very good! But we should probably add “delusions of grandeur”.
    Today’s conservative always think THEY are the smartest ones in the room.

  8. I will make a pledge today that any story about what’its’face isn’t noticed by me. Total waste of time.

  9. The faux patriots like Joe the Plumber think that after writing down all the ground rules for how the American system of Government was to work in the Constitution, the founders added in the 2nd Amendment to enable murder and insurrection by anyone with the notion that the government had become a tyranny. I wonder how he remembers that hot is on left and cold is on right.

  10. His proclamation that guns are fo4 hunting down politicians should be all the Department of Homeland Security, and the Justice Department needs to confiscate his guns and lock him up in prison for sedition, and domestic terrorism. This should be absolute proof that the radical right wing are domestic enemies, and terroists.

  11. Who is “Joe the Plumber” anyway and why does this idiot deserve any space on any website other than his own facebook page? If the media stops quoting whatever hatred that spews from that empty headed pie hole, he just might go away.

  12. Joe is actually “Sam”, but I guess that doesn’t play as well. This guy started his tryst with fame by lying about to the POTUS about his work and his “plumbing business” that never existed.

    His lying hasn’t stopped, his entire media existence is lie after lie.

  13. Which begs the question; How, by any measurable degree of intelligence, does McCain keep getting re-elected? He’s a moron.

  14. I totally agree with John. Why is a guy like this allowed to advocate for murdering politicians and face no repercussions? He should at least be arrested for making terroristic threats. Joe the Dumber should be fixing leaky toilets in a federal prison somewhere.

  15. “Joe the plumber” is a “Second Degree Jerk” or possibly a “Third Degree Jerk”* who is deluding himself about his “popularity”, by keeping himself in the news with outrageous statements.

    *Don’t Let Jerks Get the Best of You” by Paul Meier, M.D.

  16. Of the five “politicians” that he mentions by name, only one died by gunshot, and that was by his own hand, so just another specious argument by an ignorant wannabe should register no surprise from those with more brain cells functioning – how’s that UAW union job going, Sam?

  17. If This Is Your Average Joe Stimulated by The Palin Factor” Then We as a Country have Bewildered our Fathers to Shame?

  18. This GOP twerps entire persona is a lie, which fits right in with everything republican. The lying republican liars and their hateful, hate filled, hate mongering, is all the GOP and their little twerp minions seem to have for America. Hate and lies, and little twerp minions. That is all the GOP have for America. The GOP, not needed, not wanted, not relevant.

  19. That guy (Joe the “Plumber”) is a danger to himself and others which qualifies him for a trip to a mental wing of a hospital for at least 72 hours.

    I’m DISGUSTED that the “media” would pay any attention to him at all; he’s not an important person and adds nothing to the political discussion.

    I’m an Air Force veteran, having idiots like that guy is not the reason I served my country.

  20. Exactly,if everyone would stop giving this guy and know nothing’s like Palin any press time they would fade into their little hidey holes where they came from. They would actually disappear into oblivion and it would be less morons to deal with.

  21. OK,
    since the NRA says it’s not the
    guns fault & we need to keep guns
    out of the hands of the mentally ill,
    I’m pretty sure ‘Joe’ has proven again
    & again that he is sick in da head.
    Someone, please keep guns out of ‘Joe’s’
    hands before he cracks and starts
    killing people himself!

  22. Joe’s not a plumber. He’s a union assembly-line worker, and his opinion carries about as much weight as those of any of the cats I have hanging around my house. Why anything he says is reported in the news media is beyond me.

  23. Joe the Dumber needs to learn what a ‘Politician’ is, and that he’s one of them.

    A politician is anyone who tries to affect political discourse – it’s not just someone who is elected to office.


    Hey Joe:

    When are you going to walk around wearing a shirt with a bullseye on it, since you’ve apparently declared yourself a valid target/game?

  24. You are totally right. That sure sounded like a domestic threat to me. Politicians should be in fear of their lives. Joe is hunting them.

  25. He’s trying to limbaugh his way into keeping this latest :15 of fame around. But I would posit he’s one diagnosis away from having his boomsticks forcibly taken by the men in black. Good, because if this guy went and shot up a damn mall, nobody would be allowed to say the signs weren’t clear as day…

  26. What these idiots are inviting is drone strikes on American soil. No president, Republican or Democrat is going to put up with his or her own potential extinction when they have the hugest military might at his or her disposal.

    Drones are already being used for surveying and surveillance. I just saw a news story on the CBC this morning. Many of these drones look innocuously like remote controlled airplanes but they have cameras in them.

    You can bet that this Joe the plumb-up-his-ass is on a government watch list and is watching him very carefully.

    What he’s doing now is veiled threats. Very thin line between veiled threats and overt threats.

  27. Even Barry Goldwater would be embarrassed by this nose wiping-on-the-couch, soup-dribbling band of semi consciousness

  28. His buddy Palin also likes guns, perhaps they could hunt each other, perhaps we would be rid of one of them!

  29. I hope that Homeland Security, Secret Service and the NSA, and the FBI have this guy on their “watch” list. No kidding. Those kind of statements give the Secret Service agida.

  30. By the way this “Joe” guy is a tough talking bullshiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii artist.

    Most shootings happen too fast for the untrained civilian to react against. I saw an interesting documentary last night on NetFlix. It’s called Superhero. It’s about civilians who dress in superhero costumes. Most are harmless, and commendable, they give food and supplies to the homeless and raise money for charity. But a delusional few confront drug dealers & criminals. Cops are furious at these people because they don’t have the training to confront these people and same for civilians with guns. Same with mass shooters. Most of the time, it’s over before anybody realizes what happened.

  31. If he is so interested in taking down political leaders who take away people’s freedom why in the world didn’t he go fight in Iraq with the rest of our military who were there to defend our freedoms. Or, is he simply someone who likes to walk around with a gun because he thinks it makes him look more macho? Sounds to me that he talks a lot but doesn’t walk the walk where it counts.

  32. Thomas Jefferson quote, “The most important reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, if necessary, at last resort to protect themselves from tyranny in government.” With out all of the melodramatic labeling in this article isn’t that pretty much what Joe said?

  33. Why don’t you people print on what he actually said:”God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
    The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is
    wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
    they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
    it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. …
    And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not
    warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
    resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
    to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
    in a century or two? Meaning you idiots shall be put down because of your ignorance

  34. After John McCain made him infamous, it didn’t go to his head much, did it? You can sit down now, Joe the plumber.

  35. I, like you strongly agree that his remarks (if accurately reported) are way out of line and should not have been made or repeated by this publication. However, the first amendment is exactly for the protection of people that have “unpopular” things to say. As a gun owner, I support all of the Bill of Rights and not just when it is convenient. I see no creditable threats in his statement and therefore well within his rights to express his opinion.

  36. Expressing an opinion is not a “creditable threat”. So, his speech is indeed protected even if you and I disagree that he should have done so.

  37. So everyone here complaining about Joe the Plumber is also against Thomas Jefferson? Jefferson said,

    “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

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