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Far Right in Frenzy Over Possibility of Gun Legislation

By Don Terry on January 3, 2013 - 2:54 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda, Hate Groups

Whether the massacre of 20 Connecticut first-graders and six educators by a madman armed with an assault rifle in December will lead to meaningful gun control legislation is far from certain.

But nearly three weeks after the Dec. 14 bloodbath, the American far right – from elements of the Tea Party to bigoted bloggers to conspiracy theorists – is working itself into an absolute frothy uproar at even the possibility that it may become more difficult to purchase a military-style assault rifle or a magazine that carries dozens of bullets.

It’s reminiscent of the reaction that surrounded the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. That legislation, which applied only to newly manufactured guns, helped fuel a powerful militia movement – one that has been eclipsed by the recent surge in the anti-government “Patriot” movement, which includes armed militias.

One particular rant that has gained traction on white supremacist websites was posted on Dec. 28 by a blogger named Bob Owens and is entitled “What you’ll see in the rebellion.” In the piece, Owens speculates about what would happen if the “gun grabbers … confiscatory fantasy plays out.” It has already received more than 160 comments on Owens’ website, including this one: “Everyone talks of dying for their cause, because it’s glamorous. Killing for our cause is what it will take.’’

In Owens’ vision, the enactment of legislation being proposed in Congress would result in civil war and a targeted campaign of assassination that forces the president to stay in “his gilded cage except in carefully controlled circumstances.’’

“Even then he will be forced to move like a criminal. He will never be seen outdoors in public again. Not in this country.’’

“The 535 members of the House and Senate in both parties that allowed such a law to pass would largely be on their own; the Secret Service is too small to protect all of them and their families, the Capitol Police too unskilled, and competent private security not particularly interested in working against their own best interests at any price. The elites will be steadily whittled down, and if they can not be reached directly, the targets will become their staffers, spouses, children, and grandchildren. Grandstanding media figures loyal to the regime would die in droves, executed as enemies of the Republic.

“You can expect congressional staffs to disintegrate with just a few shootings, and expect elected officials themselves to resign well before a quarter of their number are eliminated, leaving us with a boxed-in executive, his cabinet loyalists trapped in the same win, die, or flee the country circumstance military regime loyalists, and whatever State Governors who desire to risk their necks as well.’’

The racist White News Now website liked the preceding two paragraphs of death and destruction so much that it reposted them, giving the impression at least that Owens was advocating violence.

Tea Party.org is also sounding the alarm. In recent days, the organization has sent out a series of hysterical E-mails warning, for instance, that “the anti-gun coalitions, Communist Party, Neo-Nazis, Washington liberals, politically diseased politicians and the anti-freedom freaks with their feverish lust to remove our fundamental rights will stop at NOTHING.”

One E-mail screamed “Obama Communist Coup Underway America in Danger!” The post continued, “‘America’s Fraud President’ is tightening his deadly grip on America’s throat and a catastrophic coup is coming. Obama has yet to be sworn in and already he is preparing his minions for gun grabbing.”

Another post on the site proclaimed, “The insane attempt to gun grab is being fueled by the U.N., the Obama Regime, Global Communists and The New Socialist Party – of which, I might add, Barack Obama is still an active card carrying member.”

The neo-Nazis at the web forum Stormfront also got into the act. One poster wrote a piece blasting “anti-gun Democrats” and saying they intended to use the so-called “nuclear option” – a parliamentary technique used to circumvent a filibuster – “obliterate the Senate rules and clear the way for 50-vote passage of gun control.”

A poster identified as “Brandonavan” was so incensed by this theory that he or she dashed off a threatening comment at 9:05 this morning.

“If these tyrannical SOB’s [sic] want to use a nuclear option, they better be prepared to be on the receiving end of a nuclear option as well, with them being ground zero.”

By 10:51 a.m., Brandonavan had gone from lion to mouse, posting an edited version of his/her earlier remarks: “If these tyrannical SOB’s want to use a nuclear option, they better be prepared to live with the consequences.’’

And in another chilling development, well-known neo-Nazi Craig Cobb posted the address of U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat, along with photos of her and her husband, on the racist, anti-Semitic Vanguard News Network after the congresswoman recently proposed a ban on high-capacity magazines.

  • Bill

    With all the hysterical rantings from folks that feel personally threatened by policies that are designed solely to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the ill-intentioned (and pretty tame, at that, as far as us survivors of gun violence are concerned), you’d think they were up to something.

  • aadila

    Coral,

    I respectfully submit that when someone says you are a buffalo, you need do no more than place a hand on your backside and see if you have a tail.

    If you do not, you are not a buffalo.

    _/|\_

  • CoralSea

    aadila — I respectfully submit that you are full of “it.”

  • MRJ

    @ aadila

    “Good observation, but just to point out the Celts were culturally, geographically, and linguistically distinct from the Anglo Saxons.”

    True, my fault for lumping them.

    An aside: I have commented to several how the blog here (HW) is such a store house of knowledge that it makes just reading it a joy.

    @ CoralSea

    “It is distressing that you appear to equate Celtic Knotwork with white supremacists. Not everyone with Celtic tattoos is a WS or a WN.”

    Again, humbled, and you are entirely correct.
    My observation was situational, and from experience with these cross burners here.
    The “Tribal” tats currently in vogue are also something I watch for, although I am also sure that some getting these types of things are not WS either.
    It is usually a combination of these things: the tattoos, a W.A.R. bumper sticker or “Peckerwood” T-shirt, I know they are friends with some local cross burning and race hating/baiting people, they have Confederate Battle flags on their vehicles and have made racist or anti-Semite or anti Obama statements, they are tied to a local drug ring/dealers, and they have screwed me in some way (some repeatedly) that I equate to WS involvement.

    I love the zoomorphs, and the mesmerizing qualities of good knot, spiral, twist design even back to Babylon and Assyria.
    I also know of the heron designs, and the nurturing qualities of that particular.
    I have done some of the deities in much of the Ancient world, as well as contemporary ones… some armour… various and sundry, for various people.
    I, myself, don’t differentiate images/objects until they are obviously intended to tie me to their groups or ideologies like that gidiot (giggulous idioti) that wanted me to make them en mass for his troop of baboons.

  • aadila

    Coral, fair questions all.

    First, this is not _my_ theory but an academic line of thought that has been developed by others and which I have brought forward into the discussion.

    Second, the scarcity of source documents is indeed a problem for a complete analysis of Anglo Saxon literature and modes of thought. However, archeology and history provide plenty of evidence for the warlike nature of the early Anglo Saxons, which viewed together with the literature provides a more robust analysis than merely looking at extant documents. We don’t actually know if they didn’t write much or those documents were destroyed. It was probably both.

    And by the way there is a lot more to Beowulf and the other poems and writings than violence, but that is a very strong characteristic. There is neither space nor interest to cover all that here.

    Third, why single out the Anglo Saxons? Obviously the American colonies inherited Anglo Saxon culture from English progenitors, and this was enshrined in the foundations of our culture and collective worldview even though the United States received many other influences from other cultures over time. The Anglo Saxon male still defines the power elite in our country, which suggests that the roots of culture run deep.

    If we were talking about gun violence in China, for example, the influence of Anglo Saxon culture would not be absent (the English did colonize there), but undoubtedly the same lines of thought would not be adequate to address the problem.

    In addition to being distinct for our Anglo Saxon cultural roots as Americans (whether or not we have Anglo Saxon ancestors is not the issue) we have a love affair with firearms. As I mentioned up above, the issue is about the heroic notion of violence.

    It would be unfortunate to conclude from my comments that I have something against Anglo Saxons. The Anglo Saxons were also characteristically democratic. They elected their thane (king), but of course, the criterion for leadership appeared to have been who was the greatest warrior.

    So, my point is that being a violent culture is not necessarily exclusive of being a democratic or egalitarian culture, which are virtues. The problem arises in that we seem to think our egalitarian and democratic principles justify our violence.

  • CoralSea

    aadila — you might want to look a little more closely at your statement:

    “I studied the Anglo Saxon language, and the written record of the West Frisian poetics is limited to what little remains over time (only a few hundred thousand words) but almost without exception this record is extremely warlike.

    So this is not really just one poem, but nearly the entire record of literature of the Anglo Saxons which has been presented as evidence. By all means verify this for yourself, but I think you will also find this to be true if you look into it.”

    So — you admit on the one hand that only a small portion of Frisian literature is available — but based on this small portion, you appear to believe that Anglo-Saxons were more violent than other cultures.

    I don’t have a dog in this fight, really, since my ancestory is primarily stone-aged Britains and Norman (an argumentative bunch of conquerors in their own right) and the Franks (Charlemagne) and other assorted groups, including a little dose of African, but why single out the Anglo Saxons — especially since you yourself indicate that only a small portion of their poetic sagas are available for study. I hope you aren’t asserting that Beowulf is the font of all gun violence (are you a member of Team Grendel, by any chance?)

    But why single out the Anglo-Saxons? I’m not be-laboring this to be a creep, I’m just wondering.

    I do whole-heartedly agree with you that myths of other civilizations can be instructive in showing other ways to act. We read the Illiad and the Odessey and studied Greek myths in Junior High. One of the important lessons many of these myths told (in addition to clever ways of achieving ends or, in Zeus’s case, getting laid), was that strangers should always be treated courteously, because they might be a disguised god or disguised hero, returning from battle or on some other quest.

    I would love to see much of our current “mythology” altered: the worship or celebrity, money, and beauty over good works and faithfulness; or that real survival often depends on group efforts and coordination rather than what was depicted on that God-awful “Survivor” show!

    Groups of people and civilizations often exhibit positive and negative traits, and people may embue them with positive or negative interpretations. (I once met a women who was recently moved to Texas from Lebanon. She was horrified by the brutality of Mexicans — because they encouraged their children to beat cardboard animal figures with sticks! [pinatas, you know.)

    MRJ — FYI — It is distressing that you appear to equate Celtic Knotwork with white supremacists. Not everyone with Celtic tattoos is a WS or a WN. I have a dozen Celtic tattoos, although most of them are zoomorphic designs of specific animals that are significant to me as a Wiccan (horse, salmon, herons). It is annoying that WSs are using Celtic motifs, however. I had some friends 20 years ago who were from Sweden who were involved in Asatru. They basically left their own religion because of the influx of WNs and became Wiccans. They wouldn’t be pleased to hear that people are now equating Celtic Knotwork designs with WNs!

  • Reynardine

    Actually, Coral, if people were made out of cheddar (or colby, or Swiss) I’d be tempted to cannibalism, too (only tempted, though. I’ve cut back on cholesterol, though fully skimmed dairy is too much like the Chalk Cliffs of Dover)