them again

In “them” (the title of her award-winning 1969 novel) I noted the fantasy of violence that prominent liberal novelist Joyce Carol Oates projected onto NRA members in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre. Oates took to Twitter to announce:

If sizable numbers of NRA members become gun-victims themselves, maybe hope for legislation of firearms?

Words being her stock in trade, Oates has now circled back to clear up any possible misunderstanding:

Sorry for any misunderstanding! I’d said the other day that, if “sizable numbers of NRA members were themselves gun victims….” they might be more sympathetic with victims & with the effort to regulate guns. I meant this seriously– not ironically.

There is more Oates mania collected at the link and it is all sick, sick, sick.


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