Another conservative is once again using gun rhetoric to make a “joke” about President Obama. Conservative billionaire and former sponsor of Rick Santorum, Foster Friess, made headlines awhile back for saying that women should put aspirin between their knees as birth control. He is now making headlines again. During an appearance on Fox Business, Friess, now a Romney supporter, attempted to describe the Romney campaign against President Obama and slipped in an assassination “joke” to make his point.
“There are a lot of things that haven’t been hammered at because Rick and Mitt have been going at each other,” Friess said. “Now that they have trained their barrels on President Obama, I hope his teleprompters are bullet-proof.”
Even though Friess later told ABC News that he regretted making the comment, it doesn’t make up for the fact that gun imagery and assassination comments have been constantly tossed around by conservatives in discussions about President Obama since he was elected to the Presidency in 2008. Since President Obama took office, gun sales have skyrocketed and pro-gun laws have increased. Violent rhetoric has been used multiple times by Republicans across the country, including threats to secede and threats to overthrow the government by force. And earlier this year, a woman yelled for Santorum to pretend he was shooting at Obama while at a gun range in Louisiana.
For some reason, Republicans feel that it is perfectly acceptable to use gun imagery when talking about the Obama administration. It’s almost as if they want to encourage an assassination attempt or send a threatening message to President Obama to let Republicans have their way, or else. This is a kind of dangerous rhetoric that causes tragedies such as the Gabby Giffords shooting in Arizona. It is incredibly egregious, that at a time when conservatives are defending George Zimmerman for shooting and killing an African-American teen named Trayvon Martin and defending the gun laws that allowed the tragedy to occur, a conservative is now using assassination talk in a comment about America’s first black President. When will this conservative obsession with guns and violence end?