It’s official! Rand Paul is a goofball moron

Posted by John Grooms on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM

There’s an incredible story on the Mother Jones website about U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). It seems that Paul, the supposedly really bright son of Rep. Ron Paul, sent out an alarmed message to his fans and supporters, telling them that the United Nations is coming for their guns. He warned them that the UN is considering “the United Nations Small Arms Treaty,” which would nullify Americans’ Second Amendment rights. The treaty, if approved by the U.S. Senate, would let the government "CONFISCATE and DESTROY ALL 'unauthorized' civilian firearms." And if that’s not bad enough, it would also require that all guns be registered with the UN, which would eventually lead to "full-scale gun CONFISCATION." He later told supporters in an “e-mail alert” that "There's an all-out WAR going on for our gun rights," again referring to the UN treaty.

There’s just one teeny problem: There is no such thing as the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. It’s a figment of the overactive imagination of a variety of reality-challenged right-wing groups, particularly the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), an outfit that, Mother Jones says, “considers the National Rifle Association too moderate.” The American far right's standard gospel decrees that the government and evil liberals are constantly conspiring to take away Americans’ guns. That’s nothing new. What is new, however, is that someone in a high position in the U.S. government is now spreading the far right’s gun paranoia around the country, like so much manure on a vegetable garden. In case you were wondering, yes, the NAGR supported Paul with endorsements and money when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

Thanks go to our occasional “research assistant” Mike, whose on-the-money comment about Mr. Paul was, “Hard to believe that this guy is a fucking U.S. Senator.” Hey, in today’s Tea Party-infected political world, “hard to believe” is a sentiment that comes around all too often.

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Just when I think Grooms can't embarrass himself any further, he surprises us all

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Posted by Jacob on 10/06/2011 at 12:10 PM

As I read this article I couldn't help but notice the Rand Paul banner ad at the top of the screen. Apparantly he's a goofball moron (trust me I agree) but still good enough for you to advertise for. Grow a spine.

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Posted by P Boyd on 10/06/2011 at 12:10 PM

P Boyd, I have no control over the advertising on this website. None at all. You'll have to take that up with Creative Loafing.
And Jacob, did you ever think to maybe explain what you're talking about in terms of "embarrassment"? It's not like the facts are wrong in the blog post. I'm sure we can all use the enlightenment that surely will come from reading your insights.

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Posted by John Grooms on 10/06/2011 at 12:40 PM

You don't have a clue as re. the UN & gun registration. It is real and *eventually* will be used to deprive uS citizens of their 2nd amendment rights. No, it won't happen immediately, but it is a "first step" the bedwetting liberals are all hoping for.

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Posted by bob on 10/06/2011 at 12:53 PM

Eventually the sun will be depleted of usable Hydrogen and go dark, too.

Any bets on which one is closer to reality today?

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Posted by Socrates67 on 10/06/2011 at 1:05 PM

Did you do any fact checking yourself before reposting the information from this article? A simple search under a major search engine will reveal many websites referring to the treaty "that does not exist". Looks like someone already found a link on the UN's own site already. Don't mindlessly regurgitate information, do your own research first.

To all the gun control proponents out there, if the right to own a weapon was ever taken away from the public, guns and weapons would still exist under the black market. A lot of drugs are illegal now, but how many people do you know who has/had some in their possession? Without the ability to own guns, crime would be worse off than it is now. Check the crime rate for those locations with the strictist gun control laws (Chicago, DC, etc.) and crime is much greater there on average. The fear that someone may be armed is a big deterrent on crime. If it was known that you did not have a gun, what would stop someone bigger and stronger than you from breaking into your house? I do not personally own a gun, but I support the right to be able to protect yourself. The founding fathers put it as the second most important right in the Bill of Rights under Freedom of Speech, Religion, and Press for a reason. You can't expect the government to take care of you and protect you, especially when it is pretty much bankrupt anyways.

Rand Paul and Ron Paul are one of the few in Congress who still abide by the Constitution and do not flip flop on issues. Everyone, don't midlessly follow the media like sheep, think about the information you are given and do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

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Posted by punkbasse on 10/06/2011 at 1:34 PM

@Grooms - Read the other comments, everyone has done it for me. My god you're an embarrassment...

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Posted by Jacob on 10/06/2011 at 1:49 PM

This is yellow journalism at its finest.

#1 - Rand Paul sent out that email in February. Why all the attention after 8 months?
#2 - Of the major news articles on the Mother Jones website with current event relevance (such as: Obama's Broken Promise on GMO Food Labeling, Occupy Wall Street Spreads Nationwide (Updated), etc.) Why was this old news article chosen?
#3 - "It’s official! Rand Paul is a goofball moron." Intelligent title

#4 - This didn't originate with Rand Paul. Other media outlets have also covered the story. Such as Forbes:
And Washington Times (editorial):
And Bloomeberg:

#5 - True. There is no such thing as the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. It's really called the Arms Trade Treaty Resolution.

Read about the UN's view of small arms disarmament yourself at the UN's own website:

Whether this treaty could be used to backdoor the US 2nd Amendment - nobody knows.

Whether Rand Paul was trying to sensationalize the issue to galvanize his support - maybe.

But please practice a little intellectual honesty. Do the research and write an article. Just don't pick up an article off another website and add your own bised opinion.


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Posted by Mike on 10/06/2011 at 1:55 PM

Weird Al's 1980 something film "UHF" said it best...

"Guns don't kill people.. I do."

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Posted by Cameron French on 10/06/2011 at 1:59 PM

There's already an attack on 2nd Amendment rights by the Obama administration under way. The ATF just sent out a notice to all firearms dealers that medical marijuana patients are now considered "prohibited persons" and can't buy or own guns in the US, under threat of federal felony charges if they attempt to exercise 2A rights. There's a very real attack on the 2nd under way and the UN treaty in the early stages "Arms Trade Treaty" is a big step toward global gun control.

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Posted by JP on 10/06/2011 at 3:06 PM

Yes, of course I do research, and my research after seeing the posted article on Mother Jones led me to rightly feel that this was the usual paranoid hogwash we hear all the timefrom gun nuts. The fact is that there is NO treaty being considered that would take Americans' guns away, and even if that's what it would do, there's not a chance in hell that it could get two-thirds of the votes in the US Senate, so yes, I still maintain that the "threat" is, as usual, the product of American gun culture's fevered imagination. For being such macho folks with weapons, those guys sure spend a lot of time afraid that someone's out to get them -- which, come to think of it, may be why they feel they need guns to begin with. One more thing: If you buy into all the gun conspiracy B.S., I'm sorry but you ARE a goofball moron. To be fair, though, I guess it's hard to discern that when you're all hanging out together, huh?
And yet one more thing, for Mike: Rand Paul's most recent screed about the supposed danger from the UN, referenced in the blog post, was one month ago. That's what made leading with the February e-mail relevant.
And finally: As far as "embarrassments" go, the only embarrassment I feel at times is when friends laugh about all the "right wing nutcases who comment" on this website.

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Posted by John Grooms on 10/06/2011 at 3:49 PM

To the author: I consider myself pretty liberal on most things and whenever I read your articles it makes me sick. Not just the misinformation, but the fact that conservatives, moderates and independents think that you speak for liberals.

When you're making people like me sick, you know you are pretty radical. You should find another profession.

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Posted by Sarah H on 10/06/2011 at 4:22 PM

Thanks for sharing, "Jacob"... I mean, "Sarah." Or is it "Frank"? You're all the same, after all. And "Jacob/Frank" -- you should know that your left-wing alter-ego, "Sarah," is entirely unbelievable, as she sounds exactly the same as your right-winger voices.

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Posted by Web Editor on 10/06/2011 at 5:15 PM

Ok, heres the real deal. Theres really only 2 kinds of people that want to prohibit gun ownership.

1) Government officials (in all countries) who derive their power by limiting the freedom of their citizens.

2) Sniveling gutless sissies who would shit their pants if something (anything) went "bang" close by.

Yes, its just that simple. Thank God for the heroes that died so we could live free. And the sissies can still shit their pants.

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Posted by Bob on 10/06/2011 at 5:41 PM

Bob, you're a complete redneck idiot. Yes, it's just that simple.

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Posted by Clint on 10/06/2011 at 5:51 PM

I noticed that Bob flagged my rather benign comment as "threatening." Now who's the "sniveling gutless sissy" who "shits his pants" if anyone even looks his way? These pseudo-macho types crack me up.

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Posted by Clint on 10/06/2011 at 9:18 PM

The second amendment is obsolete and the widespread availability of firearms in this country has done far more harm than good.

Of course, you conservitard knuckleheads lack the intellectual capacity to understand this...

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Posted by Wes on 10/09/2011 at 12:46 PM

I did my own research and determined that Rand Paul was a crackpot.

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