‘You Lie,’ You Die?

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This seems to be of questionable judgment (from Columbia, S.C.’s Free Times):

A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie”– a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech about national health care reform in the fall of 2009.

“Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver,” reads a portion of the company’s website.

The page selling the commemorative rifle components has since been taken down, it appears. The company noted that their product “is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Joe Wilson or his campaign,” but it also featured a photo of the congressman in the gun shop, cradling a rifle.

Perhaps it’s heartening that the site is now gone after it drew media attention in the wake of the shootings in Arizona, which have focused scrutiny on the intersection of guns, politics, and inflammatory rhetoric in America. But it says something that this product was even out there to begin with.

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.