Friday, April 12, 2013

Craziest Republican of the Day: Jeff Duncan

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Republicans never fail to prop up their ideological extremism with the most ridiculous, uh, arguments:

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) warned in a Facebook post on Thursday that a national gun registry would be similar to a database used by the ruling Hutu tribe in Rwanda in the 1990s to locate and slaughter members of an opposing tribe in a genocide that killed up to 1 million people.

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"The 2nd Amendment is (or should be) equal to the 1st Amendment and the 4th Amendment and all of the others," Duncan said in his Facebook post. "Ask yourselves why it is under attack? Ask yourselves about a National gun registry database and how that might be used and why it is so wanted by progressives?"

Duncan then likened it to a tribal registry in Rwanda.



"Read about the Rwandan genocide, the Hutu and Tutsi tribes," he continued. "Read that all Tutsi tribe members were required to register their address with the Hutu government and that this database was used to locate Tutsi for slaughter at the hands of the Hutu."

Duncan wrote that since the government had the names and addresses of nearly all Tutsis living in Rwanda, "the killers could go door to door, slaughtering the Tutsis."

He wrote that each Rwandan "had an identity card that labeled them Tutsi, Hutu, or Twa."

Duncan accused Democrats of "preying on the fears" of citizens.

Yes, that's right, this blithering idiot said that a gun registry would lead to genocide, as if the situation in the U.S. is the same as the one in Rwanda, with one tribe plotting to wipe out another and carrying out horrific mass murder. And he's accusing Democrats of "preying" on fear? Please.

You want fearmongering? There's no fucking gun registry, and there won't be one. It's just right-wing paranoia, stirred up by the NRA and other gun nuts to terrify, and mobilize, their followers against any and all gun control.

I'd say Duncan is engaging in such cynical exploitation himself, but he appears to be far too stupid for that -- and so crazy he actually seems to believe the shit he's spewing.

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