A few days ago, a wrote a post suggesting that some (and once again, I must stress, by no means all ) opponents of increased gun-control measures appeared to be suffering from something akin to castration anxiety.
This provoked some incensed bitching from the loonier quarters of the blogosphere, the type of guys who use words like “mangina” unironically.
But you know what? I’m not wrong. And in fact, an Illinois Republican congressman implicitly agrees with me.
REP. JIM SACIA:
“Here is the problem in Illinois: I love you folks in Chicago. You’re the ones that have the problem, you have a runaway gun problem. Don’t blame the rest of us. This isn’t about Democrats, it’s not about Republicans. It’s because Chicago wants a warm fuzzy. ‘Let’s pass a bill that will eliminate assault rifles.’ Last year there were more people killed with hammers than with assault rifles. Here’s an analogy folks, I ask you to think of this. You folks in Chicago want me to get castrated because you’re families are having too many kids. It spells out exactly what is happening here. You want us to get rid of guns.”
Emphasis mine. I don’t even what I can say here, people. How do you even parody this?
And of course, you might say (as the representative does towards the end of the video) that this is an analogy. And of course, you would be right. But here’s the thing: of the infinite space of possible analogies which could be made, this guy just so happened to seize upon the one that compared gun control to castration. To me, that says something about him.