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    The following article was taken from CBR.

    On Saturday morning, a gunman shot Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords while she was meeting with constituents outside a Safeway store in Tucson, Arizona, and then apparently kept on shooting, leaving six people (including a nine-year-old girl) dead and Rep. Giffords in critical condition.

    While the rest of the world was wishing Gifford well, mourning the dead, and denouncing the vitriol that encourages such violence, Travis Corcoran, the president of online comics retailer Heavy Ink, put up a post on his personal blog titled ď1 down, 534 to go.Ē Corcoran was, of course, referring to the 535 members of Congress.

    It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot ďindiscriminatelyĒ.
    Target only politicians and their staff, and leave regular citizens alone.


    The post drew swift reaction after Rich Johnston picked it up at Bleeding Cool, along with the first round of outrage on Twitter. While some of Corcoranís longtime readers gave him high fives in the comments of his blog posts, the rest of the world wasnít so sanguine, and Morning Glories creator Nick Spencer specifically asked that Heavy Ink stop carrying his work, saying, ďI respect your right to an opinion, but am not personally comfortable doing business with someone who advocates violence against people they disagree with.Ē Gail Simone Tweeted, ď@tjic, you have my pity. May you grow a soul someday, because you desperately are in need of one.Ē

    Corcoran, who describes himself as an ďanarcho-capitalist,Ē confirmed in this thread on the HeavyInk forums that he is indeed the author of the post. He then followed up with a fuller explanation of his politics, including his distaste for laws and government, and why he thinks the U.S. government has overstepped the bounds of the Constitution. While he disavowed armed revolution, he defended his blog post, saying,

    I donít retract my callousness. I dislike Representatives and Senators, and I think that each and every one of them is doing grave harm to the United States, and to the freedoms of the citizens of the US.

    As long as they continue to be callous by the laws they pass (and to do massive harm to real people Ė senior citizens, mothers, fathers, children), I reserve the right to use harsh language towards them.


    Corcoranís anarchy/libertarianism isnít that extreme (he believes in limited government), but he has a reflexive dislike of authority. While he disavows violence, he also feels free to say (whether he believes it or not) that elected representatives are doing harm, and therefore itís OK to kill them. This is remarkably indiscriminate on Corcoranís part; one wonders how much he knew about Gifford before he applauded her shooting. Hereís one of the comments to the post:

    SHE chose to seek out and use the coercive power (force) of the state to compel others to live to a standard they did not seek for themselves.

    You know who to avoid being shot by a crazy for being a congressman?

    Donít take the job!


    This type of discourse isnít particularly constructive, and itís why I donít bother much with political blogs any more. (The same commenter refers to Giffords repeatedly as a ďCommie.Ē You just canít argue with people like that.) Corcoran obviously has a small group of followers who have set up an echo chamber for themselves, and they float around what they obviously think are some pretty heady theories. Until Saturday, no one was paying much attention, and by the end of the week, everyone will have moved on. Despite Spencerís request (which Corcoran is not legally bound to comply with), in six months most people will be left with a vague memory that there was something unsavory aboutÖ some guy who was an online retailer.

    Most people have enough tact and human understanding not to joke about these things, but Corcoran seems to be missing those traits. Itís a free country, and he is welcome to blog about them from a distance, even if what he says shocks our sensibilities.

    But if thatís his game, someone has already beaten him at it: The Westboro Baptist Church has announced that it will picket the funeral of the little girl who was killed. They have outdone him at his own tactic, elevating a rhetorical point above human decency.

    Maybe itís time for everyone to move on.
    I recommend that if you do business with Heavy Ink to buy your comics that you find another online retailer to deal with. This prick needs to be bitch slapped and the best way will be to hit him in his wallet.






    Darth_Andrea

  • #2
    "Anarcho-capitalist?" So he's not only an asshole, but a hypocritical one?

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    • #3
      I love people like this. "I hate the AMerican Government but I love all their benefits they offer." If you have that much of a problem with the way a country runs it's government no one is stopping you from leaving it.
      I LOVE conspiracy theorists. They are like human versions of the cymbal clapping, dancing monkeys. No one takes them all that seriously and they get bored with them after about 10 minutes.

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      • #4
        I betcha he pays his taxes on time He's a bitch. I'll only hit up heavyink on free comic book day, because last year they let us take home as many as 4... which was nice. Another classic example of why twitter,and the like, is a horrible idea, some people don't deserve the privilege of voicing their opinion.

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        • #5
          Here's more on the same subject from Comics Alliance.

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          • #6
            Woah!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JAredLantern View Post
              some people don't deserve the privilege of voicing their opinion.
              It's not a privilege, it's a right. Kind of like being an asshole.
              Now you'd never call Erwin a "Wussy"
              Nor label his working day "cushy"
              But you might have to question
              His endless obsession
              With superpositional pussy.

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              • #8
                Well then it's a privilege to be a US citizen.


                She blinded me with SCIENCE!

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                • #9
                  I think this is going to get ugly fast, it should be moved to Quard...


                  She blinded me with SCIENCE!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Razorgod View Post
                    It's not a privilege, it's a right. Kind of like being an asshole.
                    Actually his opinion is so close to crossing the line of illegality that it might actually be illegal. The comments he made actually say people should go out and murder elected members of congress. Which I believe will end up getting him in serious trouble.

                    Yeah we might joke that so and so needs to be shot, but saying what he said about elected federal politicians is I believe a crime. And I am sorry he needs to be slapped.

                    And Razor if you disagree with me... feel free so say so.. But calling people an "Asshole" because you don't like what they said is uncalled for.

                    Your an adult, act like it.





                    Darth_Andrea

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                    • #11
                      I think that Razor is calling Travis Corcaran an asshole, not Jared


                      She blinded me with SCIENCE!

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                      • #12
                        I'm trying to wrap my mind around how someone can be an Anarcho-capitalist Catholic.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Darth_Andrea View Post
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                          And Razor if you disagree with me... feel free so say so.. But calling people an "Asshole" because you don't like what they said is uncalled for.

                          Your an adult, act like it.
                          You're all pissed off because I defended the guys freedom of speech as a right, but then your pissed off because in the same sentence I called the guy an asshole in regards to what he said?

                          Make up your mind.
                          Now you'd never call Erwin a "Wussy"
                          Nor label his working day "cushy"
                          But you might have to question
                          His endless obsession
                          With superpositional pussy.

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                          • #14
                            I stand corrected.


                            She blinded me with SCIENCE!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TheGoatLantern View Post
                              I stand corrected.
                              Actually, it was an open statement that wasn't aimed at anyone but people who act like assholes. (Travis Corcoran, for example.)

                              If someone reads that and takes offense, they probably are an asshole. Otherwise, why take offense?
                              Now you'd never call Erwin a "Wussy"
                              Nor label his working day "cushy"
                              But you might have to question
                              His endless obsession
                              With superpositional pussy.

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