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This comic book dealer, in my firmly-held opinion, is an utter ass:

Heavy Ink Comics Retailer Applauds the Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords

I would ask anyone who currently does business with Heavy Ink to seriously consider whether you wish to continue doing so.


UPDATE:  It seems his words caught up with him: www.boston.com/yourtown/news/a…

Almost like "Freedom of Speech" doesn't equal "Encouraging the assassination of elected officials".  :roll:  Although technically, he is still free.  His firearms license has been suspended (with the option for him to appeal) and he was not arrested.  So the tinfoil hat contingent can just simmer down.




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saniika Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you for keeping us up to date. I appreciate it.
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TenderlySharp Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
I do not advocate his position. I don't want to defend someone who promotes murder. But the situation is more complex than what a jerk he is. Historically men have held convictions that were strong enough to kill over. Those convictions need to be addressed. There is a lot of frustration in the world. What does someone do with his frustration when he believes that there are no alternatives?

Is it productive to punish the bad way he vents his frustration? I am not sure destroying a man's business will teach him the lesson you would like him to receive. It is better to attempt to communicate with him and open a dialogue regarding the source of his frustration; looking for alternatives he (and people like him) may pursue.
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FugueState Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
To my mind, since he is using his company as a personal venue to voice his opinions, he has pulled that company into the debate. As he is president, he just made his opinion the "official" standpoint of his company.

I do not deny his right to express his opinion, however offensive I find it. But because of the way he's done things, in my view anyone who knows what he's written and still chooses to do business with him is then supporting, however tacitly, that opinion. If one is offended by his position, the quickest and clearest path is through ending one's patronage.
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TenderlySharp Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
People should pay more attention to who they support financially, and it may be enough for you if it is the only action you have time to invest in.

To my mind his company isn't very central to the true issue at all. Whether his company succeeds or fails will not change the fact that there are people in the world who believe as he does.

People who agree with many of the reason's he came to his conclusion and people who know him personally may see that the issue is much more complex, and give him the benefit of the doubt.

This is from his blog:
Do you endorse a revolution right here and now in 2011?
Short answer: no.

So, then, do you accept that your post was damned callous? And do you retract it?
It was callous. It was intended to be callous.
Every day, drug users who have harmed no one are thrown in jail for years. They are subject to violence and rape. This happens because Representatives and Senators vote for laws criminalizing drugs, and vote for laws for increased penalties, and vote for laws to fund the jails and courts.
Every day, victims of excruciating pain are denied the medicines they need. This happens because Representatives and Senators vote for those laws.
Every day people work hard, and have their money taken from them to fund multimillion dollar kickbacks, useless studies, and useless projects (all done by friends and relatives of the politically connected). This happens because Representatives and Senators vote for those laws.
A given Representative or Senator is more callous before breakfast than I could be in an entire calendar year, even if I tried really hard.
I don’t retract my callousness. I dislike Representatives and Senators, and I think that each and every one of them is doing grave harm to the United States, and to the freedoms of the citizens of the US.
As long as they continue to be callous by the laws they pass (and to do massive harm to real people – senior citizens, mothers, fathers, children), I reserve the right to use harsh language towards them.

We are in a post South Park society, people say shocking things that they don't mean all of the time to get a rise out of people. The greatest thing that comes out of it all is that reasonable people come together and talk about these important issues, and try to make some sense of the problems in the world.
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FugueState Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't disagree that reasonable people need to put discussion higher on their agendas. However, there must also be action, and swift action at that in this sound-bite world, lest the not-so-reasonable people decide their actions and words are unopposed.
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alone-at-nite Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student General Artist
There's free speech and then there's insensitivity. It's a fine, fine line but this asshat's crossed it.

I will definitely not buy from HeavyInk.
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