Not Just Appalling, but Hypocritical and Illogical, Too

ACADEME BLOG

It is a common tactic among bullies to be absolutely blind to their own insensitivity toward others while being hypersensitive to any perceived slights against them.

And that truism has never been on display more absurdly and hypocritically than at this year’s NRA Convention in Texas.

Amid all of the hyperventilated rhetoric about President Obama’s “secret” determination to strip law-abiding American citizens of their right to bear arms against the combined forces of government tyranny and rampant criminality, there was a booth on the convention floor that should have shocked the attendees but instead seems to have simply amused far too many of them.

A company named Zombie Industries has produced a life-sized figure of President Obama that is meant to be used as a target—and that “bleeds” when a bullet strikes it.

Obama Target

Yes, the same people who have been arguing that violent video games are a more likely cause…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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