Raise your hand if you think MS-13 is a firearm

Raise your hand if you think MS-13 is a firearm
Stephen King (Image: YouTube screen grab)

Maybe “Heroine of the Resistance” Joy Reid was onto something when she claimed earlier this month that “nobody that doesn’t watch Fox has heard of MS-13.” It appears that non-Fox watcher and eminent novelist Stephen King doesn’t know the difference between MS-13 and an M16.

As Ryan Saavedra of The Daily Wire notes:

On Wednesday, anti-Trump Republican commentator Rick Wilson made a remark on social media about the hyperviolent MS-13 street gang which elicited a moronic response from … King, who apparently believes that MS-13 is a gun.

Rick Wilson tweeted: “You’re a hell of a lot more likely to be killed in FL by an opioid overdose than MS-13. But muh base.”

The tweet, you will observe, was posted at 9:35 a.m., a full six hours before the first reports about the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School surfaced. It wasn’t until 5:06 that King responded to Wilson’s tweet with a witty rejoinder:

Apparently King is also unaware that Wilson is “on his side” and assumed he was firing off a zinger at a conservative attempting to play down the shooting by arguing that the opioid epidemic is far worse.

As Jim Geraghty observed at National Review Online’s “The Corner” this morning, we do need a conversation in this country about guns. But before we can have it, clueless liberals, like King, need to “do their homework.”

I don’t want to hear CNN lamenting that Florida doesn’t require a concealed carry permit for an AR-15 or shotgun. (They are too large to conceal.) I don’t want to hear people referring to the AR-15 as an “automatic assault weapon” and I want them to learn the difference between automatic and semiautomatic, and which kind is already illegal. I don’t want to hear about “the gun show loophole” unless the shooter purchased his gun at a gun show. (To the best of my knowledge, not a single mass-shooter has done so.) I want former presidents to stop asserting that it’s easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than buy a computer or a book.

Of course, Stephen King has more important things to do than learn the facts about a topic he loves to pontificate about — like churning out half a dozen more “works of literature” before sundown. Right, sport?

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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