October 30, 2013
An appalled Infowars reader sent a YouTube clip of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder taking a break during a recent concert to advocate gun control, citing the tragedy at Sandy Hook as justification for wanting to further infringe on the Second Amendment.
“I had the unfortunate experience of bearing witness to Ed Vedder piss on himself intellectually, advocating taking our guns,” the reader that sent us the video stated.
Speaking in a sermonic manner over soft organ notes, the Seattle songwriter took time out of his band’s setlist last Friday to remind fans at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., that 20 children perished with no chance of survival at Sandy Hook Elementary school last year.
“…it’s necessary that we continue a discussion to figure out how to unravel the situation where something like that can happen and make sure the odds of it happening again are very slim,” a solemn Vedder told the crowd.
Of course, the “Even Flow” composer omitted to mention that the death toll was due mostly to the fact that schools across the nation are federally designated gun-free zones, making them ideal targets for potential mass murders.
Vedder said that gun control efforts are stalled because voices on the gun rights side have been consistently louder than those of anti-gunners, but that the volume of their outcry is tempered by their actual numbers. “The amount of people – it’s just in the millions,” said Vedder dismissively.
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“If we were louder, it can happen, we just have to be louder and we have to let the politicians know that they will be reelected if they do what we ask, and we are asking for them to do it now. Cause what we don’t want is for any of those children’s lives to be wasted.”
In focusing only on the indisputably tragic deaths of these few children, which he insists could have been prevented with stricter gun laws, Vedder simultaneously turned a blind eye to the deaths of innocents caused by the U.S.’s own covert drone program, started under the Bush administration, but continued and widened under Obama. The drone war has been responsible for the deaths of anywhere between 2,562 and 3,325 people in Pakistan alone, according to a report by Stanford and New York universities.
“The report said of those, up to 881 were civilians, including 176 children. Only 41 people who had died had been confirmed as ‘high-value’ terrorist targets,” Mail Online reported last October.
In an interview with surfer Mark Richards earlier this month, Vedder claimed he “almost [wished] bad things upon” gun owners, a segment of the population that Florida State University Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Gary Kleck, Ph.D., found use firearms to defend themselves against up to 2.5 million crimes a year.
Taking a “well if the president said it, it must be true” shortcut, Vedder also parroted Obama’s made-up figure that 90 percent of Americans supported stricter gun laws.
In the same interview, Vedder also called laws enshrined in the Bill of Rights “antiquated.”
The fact is, in Vedder’s key scenario, a fully-armed gunman entered an area where disarmed victims sat defenseless.
As INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald Noble recently stated in the wake of the Kenya shopping mall siege that left some 72 dead, one of the only ways to ensure innocent “soft targets” are kept safe in open spaces is to give them the means to defend themselves. In other words, an armed populace would be a greater deterrent to the threat of mass shootings than any new laws written – which criminals invariably disobey.
Vedder’s speech again reminds us that the establishment’s efforts to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way” have been, to an extent, successful.
Whereas Vedder’s rant might have earned him the label “traitor” and gotten him tarred and feathered in the 18th and 19th centuries, today a dumbed-down public applauds a lecture given by an aging rock star on why their right to self defense needs to be further restricted.
Instead of attacking one of America’s bedrock foundations and cornerstones of liberty (it is the SECOND Amendment for a reason, after all), hopefully sometime in the near future Mr. Vedder can experience an introspective moment in which he realizes guns are not only used by criminals, but many times by innocent people in self defense, after which his attention can be turned to the myriad of pressing issues seriously threatening our liberties – the multitude of threats to privacy, the freedom to assemble, the freedom of the press, the freedom to speak out against corrupt government systems without threat of arrest, the threats to economic and financial viability, and the very real threat that drone strikes pose to citizens abroad.
Watch Alex and Infowars reporter Lee Ann McAdoo’s take on Vedder’s comments that “bad things should happen to gun owners.”