Yesterday we told you about the co-founder of annotation website Rap Genius resigning from his job after leaving disturbing and inappropriate comments on the manifesto of Elliot Roger, the young man responsible for taking the lives of seven people (including his own) in California last week. But when it comes to disrespectful, inappropriate reactions to such a human tragedy, we have seen few as unfeeling, cold, and shamelessly agenda-driven as this one.
Samuel Wurzelbacher, AKA Joe The Plumber, proponent of conservative politics, published an open letter on Barbwire on Monday, just days after the incident. The letter opens by making it clear that Wurzelbacher is speaking specifically to the parents of the shooting victims (not the parents of those stabbed to death by the same offender). To those grieving parents, he says:
“I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now. But: As harsh as this sounds — your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”
Wurzelbacher’s justifies his admittedly “harsh” words by pointing out that since one shooting victim’s father blamed “craven, irresponsible politicians” and the National Rifle Association for his son’s death, the tragedy “will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill by the anti-Second Amendment Left.”
He goes on to say that this parent and “anyone calling for more restrictions on American’s rights need to back off and stop playing into the hands of the folks who merely capitalize on these horrific events for their own political ends.”
Like…Joe The Plumber, for example?
What he clearly sees as a preemptive strike against the “exploitation” of the incident, is quite obviously nothing less than his own laughably hypocritical form of exploitation, which only serves to make the “anti-Second Amendment Left” look better by comparison, because even if they “don’t care about your family,” as Wurzelbacher insists in his letter, at least they sound like they do.