Salman Rushdie finds Colo. tragedy pun-worthy: 'The right to bear arms is the real Bane of America'

This morning Salman Rushdie joined many lefty gun-grabbers in using the Colorado movie theater shooting to revive the gun control debate. What sets him apart is that he didn’t approach this as a mere opportunity to score political points for the Left. For Rushdie, it was also a prime opportunity to show off his ability to craft a pun, tragic circumstances be damned.

Bane, of course, is the villain in “The Dark Knight Rising,” the film that was showing when the shooter opened fire.

When Rushdie was called out by another Twitter user, he played dumb, pretending his tweet wasn’t a hit-you-over-the-head-obvious reference to the film.

Revolting. If he finds deadly tragedies pun-worthy, why not own it? The word “Bane” was capitalized, a clear play on words that has no place in the hours after a horrific shooting.

Rushdie continued his rant by responding to critics, or as he calls them, “Nugents.”

Eventually Rushdie realized he couldn’t get away with pretending the pun was intended.

But no apology, of course. Much like Piers Morgan, Mayor Bloomberg and other gun control opportunists, Rushdie remains far more concerned with not letting a tragedy go to waste than with mourning the tragedy’s victims.


After Twitchy founder/CEO Michelle Malkin tweeted about Rushdie’s pun, he responded by condescendingly defining the word “bane.”

While he has his dictionary out, perhaps Rushdie should look up “inappropriate” and “despicable.” Oh, never mind. He’s too busy calling the waaaaahmbulaaaance:

Michelle responded:

And he’s still going:

Here’s the difference: we’re criticizing speech, not calling for the government to ban it on the heels of a deadly event. Yes, Mr. Rushdie, we found your pun vile. But you won’t see us advocating pun control.

  • Harry Pasto

    I read Salman Rushdie’s book “Satanic Verses” and it was such a poorly written tome that dragged on forever, that I started to wonder if Khomeini was on to something when he issued the fatwa.

    • Johnny Blade

      ditto that… I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and finally concluded they wanted him dead because he is such a shitty writer.. lol

    • WJGBalderama

      ‘Poorly written.’ No wonder the crazies reacted like they did – with a fatwa.


    do Rushdie’s bodyguards that protect his ass from the fatwa have guns

    • stuckinIL4now

      Yeah I’m sure somebody exercising their right to bear arms has saved Rushdie’s sorry a$$ on more than a few occasions.

    • WJGBalderama

      Probably not. Maybe scimitars. Or explosives-laden vests.

    • MohammedTheTeddyBear

      I look forward to Rushdie’s bodyguards disarming themselves to uphold his “principles”……..

    • JLN


  • smithware

    Pun or not, it’s correct. Gun control laws in America are an absolute joke. Your solution to incidents like this is to arm as many people as possible with guns.

    If the rhetoric of people that think more people should be armed with guns is anything to go by then it is savagely clear that these people should not be armed at all.

    I’m often appalled at how intellectually lazy American conservatives are but at least it no longer surprises me.

    • Hiraghm

      It’s intellectually lazy to presume guns make people murderers. Every plant and animal on the planet attempts to defend itself. Only progressive nutbars think there’s something wrong with that.

  • Susan Ally

    This from a fatwa’d man who must have gun protection against his very own co-religious Islamists who:
    – stab people for making documentaries about Islamic oppression upon women,
    – riot against those who draw a Mohammad cartoon
    – use women, children and disabled to carry homocide bombs to blow-up people
    – use Mosques to hide bombs.
    Salman Rushdie, an inbred-intellectual’s intellectual!

  • Milan Pospech

    Americans make jokes about tragedies of other nations all the time.(In case they care about them.)
    So what’s the problem,Mrs.Hypocrite?

    • jdkchem

      Name one time shitbird or STFU.

  • twolaneflash

    My entire tweeted reply to Rushdie’s “right to bear arms is Bane of America”:

    “@SalmanRushdie Just try taking them away. First Amendment guaranteed by exercise of Second. Defense of life is not Leftists’ right to remove”

    • Hiraghm

      At the very least, if the people in the theater had been armed, Holmes would have been kept busy receiving fire and thereby given the women and children a chance to escape. Even bullet resistant clothing won’t stop a 45 bullet from causing you pain.

    • twolaneflash

      And now my Twitter posting access has been suspended. The Marxists must have howled and whined at Twitter management.

  • dbe451

    Its disgraceful. Whenever these things happen the people that come out of the wood work on both sides is just crazy. Usually seems to be more on the left than the right. I’m all for a rational debate. Not for this crap we get when there is a mass murder.

  • Psycho Sock Puppet

    I thought he was dead, killed by the Iranian Quds Force.

  • James Atkins

    Perhaps his body guards should quit and drop this guy off in Tehran somewhere. Perhaps his views of guns will change.

  • jdkchem

    The only reason anyone knows who this clown is is because he cowers in the face of evil. Hardly something to be proud of.

  • WJGBalderama

    This is one of the few instances where I support the idea of fatwa on lousy writers.

  • Platinum Angel

    What all of these opportunistic gun control idiots seem to miss is the fact that criminals and psychos will always get their hands on guns. This kind of tradegy would be next to impossible though if the majority of people were lawfully carrying guns of their own when confronted with a lunatic on a shooting spree.

  • Timothy Arnold

    In the theater I frequent in Tennessee, where responsible gun owners carry firearms, this shooter might have gotten a couple of rounds off before he died from gun shot wounds. That’s why things like this don’t happen where citizens are legally armed. Disarm the public and you make defenseless victims. That’s called “common sense” Rushdie! Get a clue pal!!

    • twolaneflash

      When you need the police in seconds, they’re only minutes away.
      The best copper is the jackets around those bullets in the gun on your hip.
      Don’t leave home without it.

    • smithware

      Frankly I would not want to be in a place where any old idiot can carry a gun. I’m amazed that upon seeing how easy it was for this guy to arm himself to a completely unnecessary point has somehow led you to believe that more people need to be armed in such a manner.

      I feel sorry for you. You must live in such a small world of irrational fear; constantly looking over your shoulder for the nutjob you think should be armed to the teeth.

      I’m not arguing that Britain is the most civilised place in the world but when I hear about Americans like you I really do just pity those around you.

  • Rob

    Send him back to Iran .

  • BeeKaaay

    Salmon Rushdie says “How dare you! You have no right to self defense! Just let the thugs do what they want!!”

    Blithering. Idiot.

  • TechnoEvanGuy

    How about we sponsor a bus for Rusdie to head to Dearborn, MI. Leave body guards at home, and trust the power and reason-ability of people.

  • Jaynie59

    As other comments have already mentioned, this jackass has a lot of nerve to criticize our right to bear arms when he’s alive today only because other people have paid for and carried guns to keep his fat ass alive.

  • ShortyH

    Hey Rushdie, don’t like our freedoms, our way of life, the get take your ass back to your own country.

  • JustFactsPlz

    We need to outlaw spoons so that obese people like Rushdie can stop driving the cost of healthcare up with their incessant demand.

  • John Vaughn

    Hey Michelle. Who is and what do you make of the response of this republican rep Louie Gohmert about the recent Aurora, CO massacre. I have a dinner bet resting on the fact that you will say he is/was, within his Free Speech rights. If I’m right, you get to choose any restaurant on my behalf in the NY tri-state area. Help us out.

    • lainer51

      what are you babbling about?

      • John Vaughn

        Obviously, again, this site is your only informational source for anything.

        What a life you must live.

        • Hiraghm

          I’m sure, if you mean Rushdie, that she’ll say he was w/in his free speech rights. However, unless he’s a citizen or in the country legally as a guest, his rights aren’t protected by our Constitution…

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    Last I read we were paying for his bodyguard contingent. Why?

    Amongst the twit-tweets this imbecile twitted out was:
    “Here’s the thing: Gun ownership in America is out of control, and leads to tragedies like today’s. Don’t like puns? Fine. I don’t like guns.”

    And told a person (who rightly) pointed out that the 2nd Amendment was a guarantor and protector of the 1st that he “won the award” for stupidist nugent right-wing tweet.

    What ignorace! He feels so superior to his hosts he can correct them on their history!

    I had had enough, I’m 96 and I’ve already had a couple of strokes, so I let off steam:

    RT: Fine.I don’t like guns.
    UR Liar? IF U dislike guns:(1)Please disarm UR guards.(2)Leave place w/guns.
    Honest ppl do1or2!

    Sure, It’s a waste of time w/some that arrogant! But responding helps keep my bp under control.

    I think I’ll go and correct him on the history of the relationship between the 1st & 2nd Amendments…

  • Mike Perry

    This guy is an idiot. First of all, gun ownership does NOT lead to tragedies like todays. It’s the people pulling the damn trigger. If our corrupt system would put a needle in the arm of these types of individuals, these tragedies would become less of an occurence. On average, more than 100 people die everyday in auto accidents, does that mean we outlaw cars now? If a plane crashes, do we outlaw flying?

  • Arthur P Amesse

    I hope everyone realizes that “Bane” is the name chosen for Batman’s nemesis in the new movie.

  • Francis D Orbin Jr.


  • Jon Lindsay

    Look this is a terrible thing and I feel for everyone involved, bit guns are not the problem. you could take away every gun and people would still kill each other. It’s the content of a persons heart if someone want to hurt people they will. This man’s apartment was rigged with explosives. How many more would have been injured or killed if he would have thrown a pipe boom? You also have to remember if take gun only law abiding citizens would loose their right not the criminal they don’t obey the law anyway. Why would you want to take away the rights of law abiding citizens and make it where they can’t defend their self of their family? Lets think before we react.

  • lainer51

    who the hell is salmon rushdie??

  • Brad P

    Michelle: I seriously don’t think Rushdie will provide you with the empirical evidence you ask for. He’s a typically intellectually dishonest leftie loon!

  • Mike Tate

    what a sick Fck

  • David Horton

    I’m glad I waited. I wouldn’t have went to that theater maybe a cleaner one with better service. But this was to close to home and for some no name nobody to talk like this before the bodies are even cold is beyond words. Below contempt, vile, the “bane” of all that is good in America. That comes to mind but doesn’t scratch the surface of what is wrong with him. Hey, a steaming pile of sperm loaded, aids infested, bloody diarrhea piece of shit is what this guy should hope to be one day instead of what he is right now.

  • Brandie Lynn Mostrom

    What a stupid, stupid man. I honestly don’t think that if we had severe gun control that nothing would have happened. You have but to look at history to see that there are other weapons that can create bloodshed. If a gun isn’t present then fists or knives will do, and you can kill with them as well. It may be easier with a gun, that is all.

  • disqus_ahtc0JSDBa

    Hey Salman , there’s an old saying ( Think before you leap )

  • Mike Murphy

    I knew the liberal establishment would jump on this tragedy with claws extended!! Who knows, maybe this psycho got his guns from mexico- via Obower!!!!!!!

  • Mark W. Baros

    Put a sign in your yard telling the world that there are no guns in your house. Might wind up dead or missing a few things. Wake up goofy.

  • John Howard Landl

    Albert Einstein made a similar comment… once his ass was safe in the United States where Hitler’s boys couldn’t return him to the Fatherland and a good gassing.

  • John Howard Landl

    Thomas Jefferson said the day may come when our government no longer serves the citizens of the United States or its Constitution. He then indicated, in that day, it would be the responsibility of those citizens to remove this government from office… by force of arms, if necessary. Term Limits NOW! This will strip the power from both the Republican Party and Democrat Party and return the control to the citizens of the United States if only a few election cycles.

  • Lidsamy

    it’s hard to believe that hot chick from Top Chef willingly had sex with Salman Rushdie ugh and double ugh

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    Gun control was active and implemented at the theater. It had a ban on firearms on the premises. Honest Americans were following this ban. The dishonest walked in with one regardless. I’m not saying if some one honest had been armed that lives would have been saved, I’m saying these rules and laws only disarm the honest.

  • rdjoker

    I’m sure he didn’t arm himself or have armed guards when he pissed off the Muslims wanting to kill him for his writings. What an ass.

  • Juan Gonzalez

    Rushdie is such a political dinosaur. If the Musilim’s had gotten to him after his boring Satanic Verses book, we would not be wasting time or bits on this blowhard.