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Alt-right bro has a profoundly dumb take on why terrorists have never attacked a NASCAR race

He's so wrong, it's become a meme.


David Covucci

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 5, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 4:15 am CDT

While there are several reasons why there have been so few terrorist attacks in the United States since 9/11, a government-wide focus on prevention—including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security—is one of the biggest.

Here’s not the reason, put forth by Jack Pobosiec on Sunday.

Posobiec is a filmmaker formerly with The Rebel, a right-wing Canadian media group, and what he is saying is that because NASCAR fans carry weapons to NASCAR events, terrorists are afraid to strike it. (This ignores the fact that two shooting by extremists in America happened at military facilities.) Really, because there have been only a minor number of terrorist attacks in the U.S. since 9/11, extrapolating sweeping conclusions is utterly useless. Which makes the full force of Posobiec’s statement so utterly laughable.

Like… you could say there’s never been a terrorist attack at an aquarium. Aquariums have sharks. Therefore, terrorists are afraid of sharks. Twitter realized the failed logic right away and jumped all over Posobiec’s specious reasoning.

Many also pointed out to Posobeic that, like most sporting events, numerous NASCAR facilities ban fans from entering with weapons.

As with most fervent stances staked out by alt-righters that are simultaneously laughed at and dunked on by liberals on Twitter, Posobiec adopted the “I’m not owned” defense.


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*First Published: Jun 5, 2017, 10:23 am CDT