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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Max Vs. The Marksmen

Max Blumenthal, one of my favorite bloggers and journalists, girds his loins and heads out to a California gun-show.

Max's "Defend Frisco" t-shirt is classic.

If there is one thing that the reactionary, righ-wing population is good at - no matter what state you are in - is claiming that "liberals are going to take everything away".

After watching this video, you start to wonder why Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Limbaugh and a host of other fringe conservatives are defending them. The preponderance of pro-WWII propoganda available for purchase tends to give off the air of - oh, what was that DHS report about......oh, yeah - right-wing extremism.

Indeed, in their minds, average Americans opposed to the Obama agenda would be herded into FEMA-run concentration camps by a volunteer army of glassy-eyed liberal college graduates. “When they start imprisoning Americans, and people start seeing that we’re the enemy, then that’ll make it hot,” predicted one Antioch-based young man sporting a button for former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul. “People talk about a revolution,” the young man continued, “an armed revolution. I think police crackdowns on individuals will tip the scales.”

More than a few gun dealers and attendees echoed the young man’s seeming enthusiasm for armed revolt. One Contra Costa, California-based gun dealer named Rich predicted during an otherwise casual off-camera conversation that “some nut” would assassinate Obama within one year of any Democratic attempt at gun-control legislation. While the prospect of organized right-wing violence against the federal government seems far-fetched at this point, the paranoid rhetoric I documented suggests the militia movement that organized against President Bill Clinton’s policies during the 1990s could experience a dramatic resurgence by mobilizing resentment against Obama.

More from Max Blumenthal @ The Daily Beast and David Neiwert @ Crooks And Liars.

I have many friends that are gun collectors that labor under the notion that Obama and his administration are going to do all they can to repeal the 2nd Ammendment, which couldn't be further from the truth, but are no where near the same class of people featured in the video. This is why, from my perspective, conservative pundits, commentators, and talk-radio prattle-heads can't seperate the mental defectives from everyone else. These are two, completely divergent, groups. While one group enjoys collecting guns, going down to the firing range and popping-off a few dozen rounds after work, the other actively daydreams of popping-off a few hundred rounds into anyone that doesn't fit into their narrow view of America.

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