Anyone who read Mike Lupica’s rant at the New York Daily News this morning knows that is was indeed, "dripping with vitriol." Lupica didn’t make any argument defending his anti-Second Amendment stance. He didn’t use facts or debate the laws. His entire article was nothing but a long series of childish name-calling. The people at the NY Daily News should be ashamed of themselves for paying this guy to produce such garbage.
Mike Lupica, the ESPN host and regular panelist on the network’s Sunday "The Sports Reporters" program, wrote in a column that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin addressed "mean," "dumb," "angry," and phony patriots at the NRA convention last Friday in Houston, Texas.
In a New York Daily News column published late Sunday evening, Lupica also called NRA attendees the "craziest and creepiest gun lovers on the planet" who are also "phonies" who think "they’re patriots and brave defenders of the Second Amendment."
Outraged that Palin rightfully called out those like Lupica who have shamelessly tried to exploit senseless tragedies like Sandy Hook for more gun control, Lupica wrote NRA convention attendees were "contemptible people."
In a column dripping with vitriol, the liberal columnist who has used his platform on ESPN to himself exploit gun-related tragedies to his political agenda wrote that the "leaders of the NRA don’t speak for responsible gun owners in America, and never have."
"They don’t even speak to the spirit of the Second Amendment, written about a thousand years ago for single-shot muskets," he wrote. "They just continue to pound away at the same insane theme: Gun control is the beginning of the government coming to take their guns."
This is the the type of elitist derision that Palin spoke of on Friday. She said she was inspired that freedom-loving Second Amendment defenders never give up even in the face of such scorn.
Palin said this spirit and resolve is what ultimately "keeps us optimistic," "what keeps us reloading," and what "keeps us going."
You can read Tony’s entire piece here.
Dan Riehl also posted on this earlier today, writing:
I confess I’ve never paid much attention to Mike Lupica – for no particular reason, really. Now I see I’ve always had a reason had I needed, or wanted one. He repeats the words “mean angry, dumb” and “mouth-breathing” so often in this relatively short column, it leaves you wondering how he doesn’t realize it actually describes him – and rather perfectly, at that.
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