[guest post by Dana]
Radio host and political commentator Dana Loesch has a new book coming out. This is the cover of the book.
Crooks and Liars and others are flipping out. Their accusation:
[S]he decided to pose on the cover with an AR-15, a weapon that helped massacre so many innocent children in Sandy Hook.
It’s all about the HATE:
As conservative talkers ratchet up the anger against the left, their rubes continually are then blinded by more rage and the end result is that they constantly vote against their own interests just to as Beck says, “drive liberals crazy.” Unfortunately, it’s the parents of Sandy Hook that will ultimately pay the price for their failed attempts at right wing whimsy.
Loesch’s provocative cover has also elicited a number of ugly tweets.
Of the book and its cover, Loesch explains:
“Gun control is the ultimate war on women. Firearms are the equalizer between the sexes. Sam Colt made us equal, indeed. This book explores that, the racist roots of gun control, and debunks the biggest arguments made by anti-gun extremists. The AR is on the cover because it is the most vilified, misunderstood rifle in America, responsible for the fewest crimes. Education is the antidote to ignorance. Consider this book the medicine.”
Maybe a less controversial cover would sell more books, maybe this cover will sell even more books, who knows. I suspect Loesch fans and 2nd Amendment supporters will read the book, no matter what is on the cover. However, if Loesch had hopes that non-supporters might dig in and consider her arguments and defense, I don’t think she’s helped her cause. It’s true that the cover is just an excuse for the left and they would no doubt condemn her even if she had been cuddling an adorable little puppy and there had been no weapon in the picture, but was it a smart choice? And that’s why I am curious about her (and her editor’s) motive: Was it a deliberate design of sensationalism to “drive liberals crazy”? Or was it designed to make a serious statement (think something like: I am not afraid of this because I own it – it does not own me)? Likely, for the most part, one’s politics will inform the reaction to it. But I also believe that does not necessarily exclude weariness from mass shootings, unnecessary deaths and the madness of it all from informing that reaction as well.