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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Wingnuts are jerks — and cowards

Yahoo! News:

Some survivors of the mass shooting in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater last year have been “relentlessly” harassed by conspiracy theorists who believe the shooting never happened, according to a court document.

In a court filing this week, Deputy District Attorney George Brauchler wrote that “proponents of purported ‘conspiracies’ … have contacted victims in this case, some of whom have even gone so far as to recruit other members of the public to contact the victims and to publicly post maps with the home addresses and phone numbers of the victims on various social media sites.”

The targeted people have expressed concerns about their “privacy and personal safety,” the district attorney continued.

The report goes on to remind us that “Sandy Hook truthers are making asses of themselves as well.

The easiest explanation I can think of for all this is cowardice. Wingnuts live in a post-logical world where they can believe whatever they want to, the facts be damned. And the reason they do this is because they’re crap-their-pants scared of everything. So frightened that they construct elaborate alternate realities where the things they fear don’t actually exist. Global warming means that society will have to make some pretty profound changes, so that’s a hoax. Evolution means that maybe the Bible isn’t as true as they’d like it to be, so that’s a bunch of hooey. Polls show Mitt Romney behind in the presidential election? They’re “skewed” by a media in the tank for Obama.And of course, Obama’s not really the president anyway, since only a citizen can be president and Barack Obama’s a secret Mulsim terr’ist from Kenya.

At no point will a conservative wingnut accept reality if that reality is too frightening for them to face. So shootings that have people talking gun control must be hoaxes. Because gun control terrifies them.

Why does gun control terrify them?

Did I mention they’re cowards? You don’t think you need assault rifles with high-capacity magazines and piles of ammo if you’re in possession of an abundance of courage. Gun nuts are drawn to conspiracy theories for the same reason they’re drawn to guns.

Because they’re children afraid of the dark.

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