A man in Maine woke up with extra feelings of “I love my gun today,” and painted “Black Rifles Matter” on a sign. Owning such a fine gun will inspire one to defend it. Get it, it’s a play on “Black Lives Matter.” Of course you get it. What with the constant maligning of the scary black rifle on the daily. Blamed for crimes it never even committed. It’s a marginalized weapon, based solely on its appearance. Of scary blackness.
Ok, so not the wittiest wordplay, but I laughed. Others in Maine?
They aren’t amused…
Linc Sample, the sign’s creator, tells NECN that his work in Boothbay Harbor is about gun rights, not race. He was inspired to post the sign after reading an ad in the local paper that supported a ban on assault weapons.
Sample says he used “Black Rifles Matter” — a play on “Black Lives Matter” — to make an impact. He says if anything, the Black Lives Matter movement should be “flattered” he used the phrase.
While many have called for the sign’s removal, Boothbay Harbor officials say Sample has the proper permitting and is exercising his First Amendment rights.
The fact that Sample went through the trouble of getting the proper permitting is my favorite part of the story.
He knew the impending poop storm would barrel toward him (or flush toward him, if we’re sticking with the fecal analogy), and he braced for impact (smearing?). There was a point to be made, and because he was not just making the point, but using a “beloved” phase used by turdnuggets the country over, best to be prepared. With permits. And sass.
Black rifles take all the blame…
Which goes to another point: Second Amendment people? They tend to follow the law. Even if the law is getting a dumbass permit to exercise his free speech right to tell people black rifles matter. They’re not the scary boom-boom sticks idiot sickos like Hillary Clinton say they are. They have feelings too. Their lives matter.
Here’s my question though, how many people in Maine were that offended by this sign? It’s a liberal state, but I’m sure “many” might mean five extra people called the Clerk’s office than the office is used to. You know, the perpetually outraged who add “too many craps to give” in their fair trade coffee. Or tea. The sort of people you wish would lift some heavy stuff from time to time. Work the “outrage” out of their system. Maybe drop the heavy thing on their faces.
Also, Black Lives Matter? It’s ripe for the parody. You have every right not to like it. Just as much as this guy has a right to mock it. That’s the First Amendment. This guy is using the First to defend the Second. Welcome to America. If this paragraph offends you, go drop some weight on your face.
And yes, the rifle being black does scare people. Is that racism? I don’t know. It’s something. Watch: