Tanners and Dyers

Le Claire, Iowa is being stupid. Of course, it is preachers being the center of the stupid, which doesn’t surprise me. I don’t think religious people are stupid, but I think that the people who make money off religion make the most off the stupid people. (See: Scientology.) Anyways, get a load of this:

The Le Claire City Council is scheduled to decide Monday whether to sell three acres of commercially zoned land to Baer, who offered $10,000, or to Brunk and Vaughan, who submitted a bid that was $500 higher.

“We feel this is a negative business to bring into a residential area,” Vaughan said. “We don’t want it in our neighborhood.”

Vaughan said Baer’s weapons plant should be in an industrial part of town, but “even if he moved his factory there, I would still be against it because of what they make.”

And if, say, a Jewish community or a Muslim community was trying to outbid your group on a piece of land that you wanted to build a church on because they are ‘against what you do’, would that be OK? I fully support putting your money where your mouth is. I’m not attacking the method (in fact, it is one of the few moral methods of opposing something like this.) I am attacking the motivation.

The group Iowans for the Prevention of Gun Violence in Cedar Rapids has spearheaded an effort to stop the land sale to Baer. Spokesman John Johnson said a plant that customizes semiautomatic rifles and handguns sends a negative message to visitors and townsfolk alike.

“Every feature on the guns are designed for mass killing, so does it make sense to sell these to the general public?” Johnson asked. “Semiautomatic weapons are designed for combat. A military weapon is designed for mass killing.”

Ahh, here we are. “Mass killing.” Hmm. Let’s see, what have people used for mass killing before?


Yup, yup, slings are weapons for mass killing. Ask any bronze age soldier. See ya, David. Can’t have you in Le Claire.

Swords must be right out. Bye bye Archangel Michael. Don’t let the sun set on you in Le Claire.


Let’s see, is there anything that is specifically designed for killing on an individual basis?


Yeah, I guess that is the only kind of weapon that these guys are ok with. State-sanctioned, court-ordered killing.

(Via Alphecca)


  1. Mexigogue says:

    Oh great. Did not need to see the Jesus’ weenie.

  2. Phelps says:

    Kiss the Jesus.

  3. R says:

    Meh. You’re assuming they’re “okay” with all of that.

    If a community wants to stop some dude from putting a type of shop up somewhere, then their representatives are probably going to listen.

    After all, it is the public’s land to do with as(and sell to whom) they please.

    You’re just angry cuz you liek teh gunz.

  4. Phelps says:

    Not true, I am the same way when people want to stop someone from putting in a bar… wait, that doesn’t work. I also backup strip clubs… I mean, porn shops… I mean, tobacconists…

    Wal-Mart. I hate shopping at Wal-Mart, I don’t shop there myself, but I still think they should be able to build where they want. I knew I could come up with an example if I tried.

  5. lukosrage says:

    “If a community wants to stop some dude from putting a type of shop up somewhere, then their representatives are probably going to listen.”

    A non profit bringing in zip for taxes or a for profit you can tax the crap out of?

    You have a very rosy conception of most representatives.