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Holy effing eff, these people are nuts. Whenever someone asks how much of the current hysteria from the gun fetishists is based on crazy-ass racism and general hallucinatory fantasies as to the imminent doom of lily-white America, point them to this, and stand back:
[Gun Owners of America president Larry Pratt] predicted that President Obama may begin confiscating guns in order to provoke a violent response to justify further oppression, which host Stan Solomon feared would lead to the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of people.

Pratt once again insisted that Obama is acting like King George III, a sentiment with which Solomon concurred, saying, “That will happen quickly and they will wipe those people out to set an example.”

But Solomon wasn’t finished: “I believe they will put together a racial force to go against an opposite race resistance, basically a black force to go against a white resistance, and then they will claim anyone resisting the black force are doing it because they are racist.”

Howard agreed: “You may be right because he has been sowing the seeds of racial hatred; we were healing quite well as a nation on racial issues until Obama came along and now we have a lot of racial discord.”

First off, nice touch on the Mr. Rogers sweaters, that really adds a capping touch of surrealism to the whole batshit enterprise. Second off, if you believe President Obama is planning to put together an army of black people to hunt down white people and take their guns away, or whatever the hell that was, then Oh My God you are the pitch-perfect example of someone who should never, under any circumstances, be allowed to own a gun, or a knife, or even a sharp pencil. It's felt markers for you or nothing, buddy. All of these people are about one dark-skinned mailman away from declaring that the race wars are upon us, climbing to the top of their very own custom-built wood pallet clock towers, and shooting anything that moves.

See, this is what I'm talking about. If you own guns primarily because you think you will someday need those guns in order to someday start shooting at the government for wanting to take those guns, then you are the exact sort of person who should not be owning guns. Good Lord—the NRA wants us to start making a big, national list of crazy people? We've found another three, and make sure to use a bold font for these ones.

There's a difference between a gun hobbyist or enthusiast and a militia-styled fetishist. The enthusiasts are perfectly reasonable people, and are generally in favor of things like basic public safety. The fetishists, on the other hand, predicate their gun arguments on the potential need for "legitimate" mass violence or anti-government violence; the only varying detail is what the suggested last straw should/will be, from their surrounding society, before it happens. And it's the fetishists that have taken over the debate for the last two decades, and it's the fetishists that, ironically, Congress bows and scrapes to.

Every one of these three nutcases proudly opines on how good decent Americans like them are this close to hauling off and murdering people, if the scary black man in government or (heaven forfend) future broad public agreement results some hypothetical legislative action they don't like. They're stewing in the fear and, more importantly, they're selling it to others, legitimizing the notion that you can haul off and murder people if wider society starts talking about or doing things you personally don't like. That one guy there is the apparently the Billy Mays of masturbatory post-apocalyptic American hellscape murder fantasies, and there ain't no pills for that.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 05:30 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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