If you want proof that anyone can be a writer in today’s day and age, look no further than the New York Daily News’ Gersh Kuntzman. He’s now best known for his article titled “What is it like to fire an AR-15? It’s horrifying, menacing and very very loud.” A bold piece of investigative journalism into what it’s like to fire the most widely owned rifle in America.
To him, it felt “like a bazooka – and sounded like a cannon.” He goes on to talk about how terrified he was while firing the gun, stating “The recoil bruised my shoulder, which can happen if you don’t know what you’re doing. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary form of PTSD.”
Needless to say, the piece led to widespread mockery all throughout the internet, one of my favorite responses is pictured below:
Kuntzman is back, and after tackling politics, the man has moved onto sports and religion. As it turns out, guns aren’t the only thing he wants to ban. He writes regarding the song “God Bless America” being played at baseball games:
“God Bless America” is as divisive as American politics: Research has found that 83.8% of people who described themselves as “very liberal” dislike the song, while only 20.5% of people who called themselves “very conservative” have a problem with it. And more than 88% of atheists dislike the song, Kaskowitz found. (Quick aside: We atheists also hate having “In God we Trust” on the currency and in the courtrooms of a country whose Constitution bars the “establishment of religion” — but that’s a fight for another day.).
The song also offends:
* Believers!: Charlie Pillsbury once ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate and one of his issues was his objection to “God Bless America.” “God shows no partiality towards nations,” he said. “God blesses the whole world.”
* Foreigners!: I once went to a Brooklyn Cyclones game with a British guy named James Silver, who smiled when “God Bless America” was being played. “It’s exactly what I expect from Americans,” he said. “The self-righteousness, the patriotism. It’s always nice to see my opinions confirmed.”
* Woody Guthrie!: In response to “God Bless America,” the great folk singer wrote “This Land Is Your Land,” which offers the flip side of Berlin’s blind optimism: “By the relief office, I saw my people/As they stood there hungry, I stood there wondering/If God blessed America for me.”
Well God forbid the song offend a folk singer who died nearly five decades ago.
And by the way, how come these crazies never seem to show any concern for the overwhelming majority of people who don’t agree with them with that’s “offensive?” To be honest, I find their thought policing to be offensive.
H/T: New York Daily News
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