Remember “Joe the Plumber?” On Obama’s campaign trail in 2008, he asked the then Senator about his proposed small business tax policy. Obama explained it, and Republicans took the opportunity to paint Obama as a socialist and make Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher the poster boy for the “common man” who would surely falter at the hands of Obama’s policies. Wurzelbacher became a conservative activist, author and commentator, and pops up now and then to spew some right-wing bullshit. Unfortunately, he popped up again after the Isla Vista shootings to directly address the parents via an open letter. I’ve always hated open letters, but this is definitely the worst one I’ve ever read:
I’m not talking here about the three tragic murders Rodger committed by stabbing before his driving and shooting spree; I speak now only to the families of the gunshot victims in Santa Barbara:
It’s a tragedy.
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.
He is such a horrible human. I guess he thought it was a good strategy; to swoop in after the worst thing that could ever befall a parent and shockingly refer to the most precious person they could ever lose as a “dead kid.” Good job. Way to make the tough comment. That sentence literally never had to be said. And he is disgusting human being for deciding that it did.
He was responding to the heart-wrenching comments that the father of one of the victims, Christopher Martinez, made in regards to the death of his son. From The Washington Post:
”I don’t care about your sympathy. I don’t give a s— that you feel sorry for me,” Richard Martinez said during an extensive interview, his face flushed as tears rolled down. ”Get to work and do something. I’ll tell the president the same thing if he calls me. Getting a call from a politician doesn’t impress me.”
”Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: ”˜Not one more,’”ˆ” he said Tuesday. ”People are looking for something to do. I’m asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough.”
It makes absolute perfect sense for a grieving father to make a call-to-action so another parent doesn’t have to experience the pain of burying a child because a madman with a gun decided to go on a killing spree. It does not make sense to use that pain to make inflammatory remarks against him. You’re a father. Back off.
Wurzelbacher clearly loves guns and loves his constitutional right to bear them. He has every right to champion a cause he is passionate about. But there was absolutely zero reason for him to be so callous – calling out parents who had just lost children.