Gun Emblazoned With 'You Lie!' Congressman's Quote For Sale in SC

Of all the terrifying pro-gun trends to come out of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, this is among the creepiest: a gun retailer near Columbia, South Carolina, has begun selling semi-automatic rifle components engraved with the infamous words of Republican Rep. Joe "You Lie!" Wilson, according to the Columbia Free Times.

Wilson, of course, directed that outburst at President Obama during his 2009 State of the Union address. The president was noting that the healthcare reform law would not, despite rumors to the contrary, provide taxpayer dollars to cover undocumented immigrants. After calling Obama a liar, Wilson became a Tea Party hero.

So it's clear who this retailer, the Palmetto State Armory, is marketing its product to: Tea Partiers. And the fact that the shop is selling this item in the immediate aftermath of an attempted political assassination? Yikes.

Although the online product page of the item has been taken down, you can see a cached version of the text. “Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!” the page reads. An image of the component is available via Raw Story:



Bill Maher was on Jay Leno last night dissing the NRA and the right's gun obsession. "No one needs a gun that shoots 31 rounds" like Loughner's did, Maher said, adding, "The NRA should just change its name to the 'Assassins' lobby'."

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at January 12, 2011, 7:18am

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