This is my first full day back at the desk since last Tuesday, so I’m still catching up on stuff. Like this.
There’s an online comics retailer called Heavy Ink, owned and operated by one Travis Corcoran. Following the attempted murder of US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (and the murder of Judge John Roll and several others), Corcoran was moved to post:
It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot “indiscriminately”.
Target only politicians and their staff, and leave regular citizens alone.
He then posted a long, strange and weaselly explanation of why he felt it necessary to say that, which didn’t explain it at all. So, in the comments, someone pinned him down, and he said:
I don’t think that anything productive is going to come of killing either the senator or the judge, but, yes, I think that it is morally legitimate to kill pro-regulation senators and pro-regulation judges, if it can be done without harming innocents.
Obviously, I’d rather Heavy Ink didn’t sell my work, but I don’t have a choice about which stores order my books. However, if you do buy my work from Heavy Ink, would you please consider buying it from someone else instead?
And before the nutters start: yes, I’m sure this can be justified as your lovely American free speech and not hate speech or malicious communication, and yes, I’m sure he has a perfect right to say it and all that shit. Guess what? I have a perfect right not to like it, and a right to wish not to be associated with the nutter who spews it.