Kyle Kashuv Buries Anti-Gun Publication After Bizarre Romaine Lettuce/Gun Piece Goes Viral (6 Pics)

Depending on how often you’ve been on social media these past week or so, let me be the first or 412th person to regale you with a “Now the CDC says romaine lettuce is unhealthier than <insert your favorite immoderately processed snack food and/or lard-laden Thanksgiving dessert here>. I’ve been telling people this for years!” joke.
It’s not really that much of a joking matter when you consider that over a dozen people have been hospitalized with the E. coli virus, according to Fox News.
When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goes as far as to say that “(c)onsumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick” and the salad staple is taken off of store shelves, that’s, well — short of that time the followers of pseudo-mystic Osho poisoned salad bars in Oregon in the weirdest bioterror attack ever, I don’t remember us ever having a reason to be this scared of lettuce.
But that’s how we deal with things like this in the United States — schadenfreude. We joke because getting ourselves worked up over a minor blip in our food supply isn’t going to do anything. Instead, we make that joke about how we always knew prime rib was healthier than romaine lettuce, put it in Impact font on top of a big hunk of beef and post it to our Twitter account. That’s the American way.
Let me clarify, actually: That’s the healthy American way to deal with minor things like this. There’s also opportunism. This is especially common if a) your social media feed features at least 80 percent links political articles appended with po-faced comments like “This is unacceptable” or “How can this be happening in 2018?” or b) you write those political articles.
Under section b), I present to you liberal thought-hovel ThinkProgress at its ThinkProgressiest, not letting any crisis — no matter how unconnected to the political issue at hand it might be — go to waste:
I understand that headlining, even for snootfests like The New York Times or Washington Post, is the dark art of catching the reader’s attention in as few words as possible. The New York Post — a paper beloved by Gotham’s conservatives — once (in)famously led with the front page “Headless Body in Topless Bar.” I also understand the pressure, at openly partisan publications, to take what the drones on the 5 p.m. local news obsess over and somehow connect it to one of the bees you’ve collected in your ideological bonnet.
However, a lot of people were wondering in what universe these issues dovetail — or even in what universe a writer and editor, in concert with each other, might imagine these issues dovetail. Also matters of curiosity: Where are these 24-hour gun stores and how do they make firearms easier to buy than vegetables?
Parkland survivor and conservative activist Kyle Kashuv may have had the best dismissal of this story we’ve seen on social media thus far:




The last one is definitely true, at least when it comes to your blood pressure in social situations. I’ve known plenty of gun owners, and we’ve had excellent discussions about topics that have ranged far and wide: the designated hitter, Malcolm X’s departure from the Nation of Islam, our families, fishing on Lake George, what it’s like being a cop in a major city, why “House of Leaves” is pseudo-existential postmodern nonsense, the TurboGrafx-16, marriage, religion, life.
You know what I’ve talked about when thrown together with vegans in a social situation? Their veganism. And let me avouch to you, this wasn’t for lack of trying to talk about pretty much anything else, up to and including whether or not they had any pictures of their grandkids they’d like to spend an hour showing me. (“Oh, you’re only 25? Well, gee, uh …”)
Just in case you were curious, the article doesn’t get much better upon actually reading it, although I suppose anything would beat the headline. It’s basically a recitation of random acts of violence across America and how these acts of violence would in no way have happened if firearms were illegal. I’m not going to excerpt much of it because you’ve read this bosh before and there isn’t much of an argument, speaking in terms of formal logic, that doesn’t fall under the appeal to emotion fallacy. The rest disregards pretty much every piece of extant Second Amendment case law in favor of what the author feels should be true; this is someone who clearly hasn’t even heard of, much less read, District of Columbia v. Heller.
However, I will give an award to anyone who reads this paragraph and doesn’t burst out laughing: “While firearm ownership within the context of a well-regulated militia is protected by the Constitution’s Second Amendment and there is no constitutional protection for any vegetable, much less lettuce, the Bill of Rights was written when slow-loading muskets made the idea of a mass shooting an improbable nightmare. The technological upgrades in the almost 250 years since then have allowed carnage to unfold in emergency rooms across the country.”
“Carnage” is not a statistic, of course, and gun violence has been on the decline for quite some time now, which means even the hyperbole isn’t describing an actual trend. E. coli poisoning, meanwhile, is way up in the case of romaine lettuce, and the founders in no way pictured a time in which harried corporate types would be picking up premade romaine salads from Panera on their lunch breaks. The author admits that “there is no constitutional protection for any vegetable, much less lettuce.” Ergo, it’s our duty to ban romaine lettuce, which the food supply clearly cannot be trusted to handle safely.
Does that make any sense? No. But neither does ThinkProgress’ article, and the only actual value added to the Second Amendment debate is a few very unintentional laughs.
It’s funnier than those “it’s official, pie is healthier than lettuce” jokes, I’ll give you that. It’s a bit less funny when you consider people actually believe in the connection — or, at least, will tell you that they do with the kind of wolfish opportunism that seems to permeate the other side of the Second Amendment debate.
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2 comments:

  1. There has never been a government that banned it's own ARMED FORCES from "Keeping and Bearing" ARMS.
    Find one government in the history of humanity that felt a need to document a "RIGHT" for it's ARMED FORCES to possess ARMS.
    Oppressive Governments are ALWAYS banning the People'S RIGHTS to arms.
    The claim that the Founding Fathers wrote the 2nd Amendment to give Our ARMED FORCES a "right" to keep and carry ARMS is S-T-U-P-I-D.
    The only reason for the Second Amendment is to clearly spell-out the GOD GIVEN RIGHT of INDIVIDUALS to keep & bear ARMS.
    The only reason for the BILL(list) of RIGHTS was to codify INDIVIDUALS' GOD GIVEN RIGHTS.
    Has there ever been a government that was not chock full of it's "rights" up to and including declaring itself to be the Lord God Almighty?! (Rome, Egypt, Israel,etc)
    Does the 1st Amendment mean the GOVERNMENT is allowed to give speeches? Try shutting up any Politician. But THEY would LOVE to shut YOU up, hence the FIRST Amendment.
    Anyone who tells you the 2nd Amendment applies to the Army or State Militia, is telling you they think you are STUPID.
    There has NEVER been a government that felt it had to codify it's army's/soldier's "RIGHT" to "Keep and BEAR ARMS" because there has NEVER been a government that refused to allow It's own soldiers to KEEP and BEAR ARMS!
    The Second Amendment was written for the People, like the other 9 Amendments in the Bill of Rights. This was confirmed by the SCOTUS in the DC vs Heller decision, where they stated that the "People" in the Second Amendment were the same "People" that are mentioned in the First and Fourth Amendment.
    The 2nd Amendment clearly codifies the “right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms”, and certainly not “the Militia”.
    Why would "the Militia", a type of army manned by citizen-soldiers as opposed to full-time "regulars", need a constitutional amendment to guarantee they have the right "to keep and bear arms"?

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  2. Before the self defeating quiblings of those who would deny us of guns for self protection,
    Nature gave all living things some form of ever adapting protection and self defense,
    Which includes all the variants of humans, Some very predatory.
    I have little use for those who give up what Nature gave them, as unknowingly they invite predators,
    I feel sad for the children whose parents also dio the same.
    For those who would deny us what Nature gave us, I ask that they take their requests to the
    Military In Person for proper re adjustment. Be Safe and Well. Thank You for your posting.

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