Dan Slott Oregon Shooting

Dan Slott, the Marvel writer who regularly whines about people taking him out of context, has no qualms taking others out of context when his personal politics are at play. The same guy who had his “Superior” Spider-Man blow a guy’s face off with a handgun from point-blank range had no problem chopping up a lengthy conversation by Jeb Bush on the Umpqua Community College shootings into Tweets devoid of any context.

Before we move on, let us examine a Dan Slott quote from Aug. 1, 2015:

“Jesus. Could you at least link to the exchange instead of paraphrasing and misinterpreting?” – Dan Slott.

Dan Slott’s standard of fairness when it involves his reputation or things he cares about is at least a link to a full conversation. The rules he applies to others do not apply to himself. And then he wonders why it’s impossible for people to have mature, honest discussions on complex issues…

Dan Slott double standard

Back to Mr. Bush. Regular readers know I have little love for his campaign, but I will now provide context:

Jeb Bush: “The tendency when we have these tragedies that took place yesterday, it’s just heartbreaking to see these things, but this is the broader question of rule-making I think is an important point to make. That whenever you see a tragedy take place, the impulse in the political system, most, more often than at the federal level, but also at the state level, is to ‘do something,’ right? And what we end up doing lots of times is we create rules on the 99.999 percent of human activity that had nothing to do with the tragedy that forced the conversation about doing something. And we’re taking people’s rights away each time we do that, and we’re not necessarily focusing on the real challenge. …

We’re in a difficult time in our country and I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this. I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s very sad to see. I had this challenge as governor. We have, look, stuff happens. There’s always a crisis. And the impulse is always to ‘do something,’ and that’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”

Unlike Dan Slott, Jeb Bush had to deal with the aftermath of hurricanes, budgets that affected millions of people, etc. Jeb Bush actually had to make gut-wrenching decisions as the governor of Florida. He understands that with a stroke of the pen, politicians can turn the lives of entire communities upside down.

When Dan Slott doesn’t go to a comic convention or misses a deadline, civil rights are not eroded.

Here is the full context for Bush’s “things” quote. Politico reported:

“‘Things’ happen all the time. ‘Things,’ is that better? … A child drowns in a pool and the impulse is to pass a law that puts fencing around pools. Well it may not change it or you have a car accident and the impulse is to pass a law that deals with that unique event and the cumulative effect of this is in some cases, you don’t solve the problem by passing the law, and you’re imposing on large numbers of people, burdens that make it harder for our economy to grow, make it harder for people to protect liberty, and that is, the whole conversation today was exactly about that.”

Mr. Bush was trying to have a serious public policy debate when he made those comments. He acknowledged that what happened in Roseburg, Oregon, was a “heartbreaking” tragedy, and then talked about the broader public policy question at hand.

Unfortunately, Mr. Slott couldn’t resist acting like a political vulture to exploit the situation.

Superior Spider Man Gun

For those who want a better idea of what Dan Slott does, I will now provide a clear example.

Last Thursday, 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer specifically targeted Christians in a massacre that killed nine and injured seven. He took his own life during an exchange of gunfire with cops.  Imagine if I shared that information and then juxtaposed it with Dan Slott’s infamous “Christ-Land” tweet – without any context. Do you think Mr. Slott would be upset? I do.

Dan Slott Christians

Here is the full context to Mr. Slott’s “Christ-Land” tweet, for those who are interested.

Ask yourself this question before reading it: If there was another Boston Marathon-type bombing and a politician Dan Slott didn’t like said, “Scared by the number of Muslims who are silent on domestic terrorism. This is America. Go to Muslim-Land,” do you think he would call that person a bigot? I do.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

9 comments

  1. Slott really needs to look in the mirror. He whines about people “taking him out of context” and then has the gall to selectively quote Jeb Bush? What a hypocrite. I’m no fan of Jeb Bush, either (I don’t want anymore political dynasties in the White House, Bushes, Clintons, etc), but I understand what he was saying.

    1. Dan Slott’s tweet makes it seem like a reporter walked up to Bush and said, “What’s you’re reaction to the Oregon shooting?” and his reply was “Stuff happens,” with a shrug of his shoulders.

      Should we ban cars? It is much more likely that Americans will die or severely injure themselves in car wrecks, but it would be silly to call for a ban on automative vehicles.

      It would certain save lives if we made it against the law for anyone who has a drop of alcohol to operate a vehicle, but it would also make no sense. Bush’s underlying point – which he made after stressing the sadness of the Oregon shooting – is that public policy makers are asked to act in the face of tragedy all the time. What they are asked to do, however, sometimes is irrational and dangerous to the long-term health of civil society.

      Dan Slott should really stick to just writing comic books, because almost every time he ventures into politics he embarrasses himself.

  2. Not surprisingly, the MSM have also been pushing the “Bush just shrugged and said, ‘Stuff happens'” meme. Meanwhile, of course, Barry and Hillary have exploiting the tragedy, calling for the usual “reasonable common sense gun control,” blah blah blah blah.

    1. How odd that two people with armed security that 99.9 percent of the population will never have access to would advocate for making it harder for Americans to defend themselves. “Gun-free” zones are working out so well…

  3. We have much stricter gun control in the UK. A number if years ago my dad applied for a shotgun licence to shoot pigeons on farmers land as pest control.

    A retired police officer came to interview my dad and started off with a very joking asked “are you mad?” I smile at the obvious joke but soon frowned when my dad replied “yes”

    My dad’s a little hard of hearing and ought he had been asked if he was married.

    While I approve of gun control there needs to a common sense approach and an actual discussion rather than an “oh my god! All gun owners are maniacs” reaction every time an event like this happens. After all, if someone really wants a gun they will get one through illegal channels.

  4. It’s ironic that Bush was speaking about the deeper impacts of politics and how weighty these decisions are; how so many people can be hurt by the wrong choices of a politician, and here’s Dan Slott, like so many other young or otherwise emotionally stunted Americans, treating politics like a sport, like they’re drunken hooligans in the stands trying to distract the player with their heckling as the make a free-throw or swing at a pitch. The likes of Slott and the average internet age liberal don’t care about the issues or the people affected. They only care about checking the scoreboard on Gawker and seeing if they’re still winning.

    1. Sabezan, thank you so much for your comment. To stick with the sports analogy, that was a home run. Again, thanks for reading and adding to the discussion. I really appreciate it.

    1. I noticed that out of Dan’s 79,000+ followers, that comment only got six retweets. Even his own fans seemed to know that taking cheap shots for political points after a tragedy isn’t cool.

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