Comedian Sarah Silverman sent out a tweet today equating gun owners with “gun boners” and suggesting they should listen to the Pope, as if he is pro gun control.
Twitchy.com carried her tweet:
Hey gun boners–at least listen to THE POPE. RT @Pontifex How much suffering & devastation has the use of arms carried in its wake.
She was referencing the following September 2 tweet from Pope Francis:
How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake.
What Silverman failed to catch is that the Pope’s tweet was a statement drawn from a larger set of remarks about the conflict in Syria.
Anyone who reads the Pope’s statement in context will see that he was not even bemoaning guns or gun ownership per se, but the use of chemical weapons against defenseless Syrians–especially children.
Maybe Silverman should take her own advice and listen to the Pope, rather than grab sentence fragments from his speeches and couple them with phrases like “gun boners” for shock value?
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