Joe the Plumber, who rose to Republican fame as a metaphor for middle-class Americans during the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign disaster, wrote a pro-gun rights open letter to the parents of the victims of Elliott Rodger’s killing spree.
Joe the Plumber’s letter came in response to grieving father Richard Martinez, who blamed his 20-year-old son’s death in the Santa Barbara, California, massacre on “craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA.”
Joe the Plumber (who isn’t actually a plumber, but rather an American conservative activist and Tea Party darling who once expressed interest in purchasing a small plumbing business) wrote that he is really sorry that their children are dead, but that at the end of the day the real tragedy is that it might lead to restrictions on his right to bear arms. Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the guns?!?
“As harsh as this sounds — your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights,” the 40-year-old “plumber” wrote.
“We still have the Right to Bear Arms and I intend to continue to speak out for that right, and against those who would restrict it — even in the face of this horrible incident by this sad and insane individual. I almost said “Obama Voter” but I’m waiting for it to be official.”
So quit your grieving, you selfish parents and think about the fate of Joe the Plumber’s guns. Sure, you may never hear your child’s laughter again, but Joe may never hear his gun go “bang bang” again – and that’s the real tragedy.