Monday, July 8, 2013

Dear Wayne . . .


 Dear Wayne,

Can I call you Wayne? After all, you called me 'Dear Friend' so I reckon that puts us on a first name basis.

Anyhow, I received your invitation to join the National Rifle Association and I have to admit that some of your rhetoric was a tad puzzling.

These "media elite who attack our guns and trample our freedoms" -- who are you talking about anyway? I follow the news pretty closely and have to say I'm not seeing this behavior.

Yes, I do see some folks opposing certain weapons -- especially the powerful sort that fire multiple rounds in seconds -- you know, Wayne, the kind that have been involved in some of the recent mass murders -- and I hear folks calling for background checks and maybe even the sort of licensing and insurance that is required to drive a car (another potential deadly weapon) -- are you calling these folks 'freedom haters', Wayne? Like the "freedom-hating Hollywood elite" you also mention?

(You've got a bit of a thing about 'elites,' haven't you, Wayne? I'm guessing you weren't one of the popular kids in high school.)

But seriously, where do you get this stuff? Glenn Beck? Rush Limbaugh?  That would explain a lot...

Speaking of getting stuff, where did you get my name, Wayne?  I have a real feeling that you harvested it from a list of holders of concealed carry permits and I find that intrusive. Bad enough to have the government reading my emails and blog posts, now you guys are all up in what I thought was my private business. Are you a freedom hating Big Brother type, Wayne?

Just because I own a gun and am licensed to carry it, doesn't mean that I agree with your wild-eyed raving.  So I won't be sending you $25 -- even with the tempting offer of the free heavy duty duffel bag of which you assure me " nothing says you'll fight for freedom like this rugged and distinctive bag bearing the NRA seal."

And I guess I'll turn down my freedom loving choice of NRA magazines that you say will give me "all the news and strategies" I'll need to defend my freedoms. 


You know what I think, Wayne? I think that you're a rabble-rousing pimp for the gun industry. And you're doing a great job of it -- your constant cry of 'they're coming for your guns!' has sent sales of guns and ammo soaring during these past five years. I hope the industry gives you a nice medal. But I suspect that you're already very well compensated, aren't you, Wayne?

So, thanks but no thanks. And just in case you miss this blog post of mine, Wayne, I'll send you a copy of it. No point letting that prepaid postage envelope go to waste...

Vicki

p.s. Really, Wayne, you might want to see someone to help you with those self esteem issues.  Just sayin' . . .
 
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23 comments:

Ms. A said...

Hahaha! Good job, Vicki!

Merisi said...

Freedom's just another word, for way too many people who think freedom goes only one way. Same as those meaningless assurances that they snoop only on non-citizens.

Sad to think how your letter will be received on the other end.

Carin said...

Thumbs up for you Vicki

June said...

Hear! Hear!
and hallelujah.

Brian Miller said...

a rabble rousing pimp for the gun companies...you got that right....ha...i like how you take him on vicki...smiles.

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

Amen, and Amen!

Vicki Lane said...

The sad thing is all the people who believe this kind of fear-mongering.

Mel said...

Well done! If only Wayne was a reasonably intelligent human, your letter might have an impact. Thanks for trying, though.

Mary said...

Great writing! Thanks for my morning entertainment! ps--Google knows more about us than the gov't does--the gov't only have "meta-data", or so they say.

Msmstry said...

Well thought argument, Vicki—exactly what I'd expect from you.

NCmountainwoman said...

Great response!

Sara Hoklotubbe said...

I couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks, Vicki!

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Hi Vicki...well said, of course. And may those with automatic weapons, and semi-automatic weapons, go play on another playground. Mmmm, where nobody else already lives (unlike what's left of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran.) And for those Americans who own guns to protect their property and selves and loved ones, (or maybe to hunt food to eat)- as well as the sport of target shooting...be safe, please. You don't love your freedom any more than I do.

Nann said...

Splendidly stated! Let us know if your new buddy deigns to reply.

(With thanks to Pepper Cory for posting the link on FB.)

Gwen said...

Amen!

Deb B. said...

OMG I love this! I couldn't of said it more eloquently than you! I would love to post this! Thanks for standing up for us that have CCW and don't beat to that drum!

katy gilmore said...

Oh I do love a good Vicki rant!

Darla said...

LOL Good on ya, Vicki!

Kathleen said...

Well said!

Vagabonde said...

I was looking at your picture in post of June 23rd, the last photo – I enlarged it because something was familiar – we have the same wine glasses as you.
The Year in Flower book is beautiful – I’m going to look at her blog.
My goodness Vicki – 2000 posts! What an achievement. I feel like an underachiever with only 232 post in 4 years – but mine are so long – can that be an excuse? It took me forever to get all my old pictures, postcards and to digitize my slides for my last trilogy.
It must have been a shock to have that accident – I am so pleased you are fine, but your poor little car…
What a great letter to the NRA – I love your sense of humor – but I don’t think they’ll get it, they’ll put your name on a black list I suppose – they think that in the US freedom is only for people like them – mostly white men armed to the teeth.

MaiaMama said...

<3! Thanks, Vicki.

Bernie said...

What a wonderful letter! I only hope he gets to read it as you were absolutely spot on. Love how you so "kindly" put him and his idiotic remarks in their place.
Big hugs, xo

Thérèse said...

So well sent. Hoping that a lot of people will be reading your post today, tomorrow and for ever.