Joe Wilson ‘You Lie’ Killer Assault Rifle For Just $99.95
January 12, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—A South Carolina gun manufacturer was so proud of their disgraced Congressman’s uncouth hooligan-like heckling of the President of the United States last year, during a nationally televised speech before a joint session of Congress, that it commemorated the outrageous behavior with a special assault rifle component. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) infamously shouted out “You Lie!” while pointing his finger towards President Obama during a health care speech. The xenophobic Wilson, who has links to a neo-Confederate group, became enraged when the President correctly said that health care would not be provided to undocumented immigrants under the proposed bill. It was a disgraceful display. Wilson was forced to apologize and he was later censured by his House colleagues for his presidential heckling. But Republican lawmakers and tea party members adopted Wilson’s notorious “You lie!” refrain to continue to attack President Obama over heath care reform, which created a toxic political environment of racism and violence leading up to the final health care votes.
Against this climate of incendiary rhetoric directed towards our first black president and a history of political assassinations in our country, the Palmetto State Armory decided to “honor” the “esteemed” Wilson with a AR-15 lower receiver emblazoned with the words, “You lie!” Talk about the irresponsible use of gun imagery in the wake of the Tucson rampage. Is this special assault rifle component meant to be used to take out the President of the United States? And conservatives are outraged when they are taken to task for their violent gun rhetoric?
The website of the Palmetto State Armory, which has been taken down since the report of its “You lie!” presidential killing machine, but is available in cache, gushed over its special AR-15 lower receiver made specially to commemorate a disgraceful act of political incivility in our nation.
“Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver,” the weapon manufacturer’s site writes in the product description. “Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!”
The company notes on its website that Wilson did not endorse the “You lie” assault rifle component. But a picture of Wilson brandishing an assault rifle was proudly displayed on the Palmetto State Armory’s website taken during a August 2010 congressional visit, until it was taken down.
The product “is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Joe Wilson or his campaign,” reads the company’s disclaimer.
Still, Wilson must have been aware of the “You Lie” AR-15 lower receiver.” How could he possibly think it was appropriate, especially in the dangerous political climate we live in?
After Wilson’s disgraceful outburst falsely attacking President Obama as a liar, he used the controversy to raise money, claiming he was being victimized by the “liberal left.” And the infamous presidential heckler became a tea party hero.
This is just another example of the dangerous use of violent gun imagery in our political discourse that has enraged conservatives and sent right-wing incendiary bomb-throwers, including Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh into a defensive rage, in response to criticism over their vitriolic rhetoric.
According to the company website, as an added bonus, Fox News’ deranged conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck endorses Palmetto State Armory on his radio program. Why am I not surprised?
The irresponsible right-wing gun play rhetoric has to stop, before a deranged madman armed with an assault rifle equipped with a “You Lie” AR-15 lower receiver” takes aim at our President or another Democratic elected official.
It would be nice if Wilson apologized for this, regardless of whether he endorsed it, but I doubt he will. He will no doubt claim victimhood again and raise money off of the controversy just as he did in the wake of his “You lie” outburst.