(The Rude Pundit is nearing the end of his beach adventures, like diving near a sea cave to look at beasties today, but is still managing to jam in a bloggy bit or two.)
You may have seen the photos from the protests underway in Ferguson, Missouri, for the first anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown. You might have seen the four white guys who are distinctly not cops but look like dudes who name themselves things like "Shotgun Jake" and "Phil the Patriot." They are members of the Oath Keepers, a bunch of bizarro fucknuts who like to walk around with their guns hanging out to remind everyone they love America more than anyone, especially you, you fuckin' commie Negroes.
The quartet of gun ghouls claims they are there to protect "reporters" from Infowars, a bunch of bizarro fucknuts led by Alex Jones who never met a conspiracy theory they wouldn't deep throat. Which would still be creepy and unnecessarily confrontational, but is even more so because Infowars told Reuters, "Yeah, no, fuck these guys. Not with us."
Faster than you can say, "Um, what would happen if a bunch of open-carrying black men said they were there to defend a BET reporter?" gun nuts jumped in to add their voices to the "Whoa, whoa, there, Shooty" opposition to the Oath Keepers' presence in Ferguson. At the sexy-named, ultra-pro-gun site Bearing Arms, Bob Owens writes, "They interjected themselves into a community where they were neither
wanted nor requested, and raised tensions instead of assuaging them."
He quotes another gun-lovin' blog, Gun Free Zone (ha, it's facetious, get it?), "Go away. I don’t care if you really were a Ranger or if you only played
one online, you are fanning the flames and making the rest of us look
bad. And before you call me a hypocrite, the Koreans on the rooftops
during the LA Riots were defending their business, not patrolling the
streets looking like a Blackwater contractor guarding a VIP in the Green
Zone. Go home and get out of the spotlight. I don’t want to lose my
AR because you didn’t know when to leave yours locked in the safe."
Damn. Sometimes gun-fellatin' paranoia can work in your favor. Who'd've thought?