The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) regularly trawls gun blogs, pro-gun websites and firearms-friendly Facebook pages for ignorant, abusive and threatening comments; fodder to feed their anti-gun agitprop. And they find it. Here’s their latest haul from underneath a post about ex-Congresswoman and current anti-gun crusader Gabrielle Giffords on the NRA’s Facebook page (jpeg above), complete with links to the comment and their authors . . .
“leave our guns alone, or else”
“Might have to shoot her again!”
“She should have died……”
“Leave the constitutional alone or were coming after you”
“The guy missed. Down and left would have done the trick.”
“Someone needs to take her out!!!”
“Dipshit used a hard ball which made a neat little round hole”
“Proof the 9mm is anemic”
“Wish he got a better shot”
“Too bad the bullet didn’t end her.”
Here’s my worry . . .
Let’s say the antis’ prayers are answered: a spree killer or terrorist commits a heinous crime, someone who’s clearly affiliated with the NRA. A killer or killers who espouse insurrection against the federal government.
It hasn’t happened yet but it could. And let’s say it happens in a Clinton 2.0 administration in the midst of other terrorist acts or a Bundy Ranch style standoff. In this nightmare scenario, a violent, polarizing event or series of events, would the feds declare the NRA a terrorist group? And if so, then what?
I know it sounds preposterous. The NRA is America’s oldest civil right organization. It embodies, promotes and defends the American ideal of individual liberty, as set forth by our Founding Fathers. But the enemies of liberty are ruthless and amoral. They respect the Constitution about as much as ISIS respects cultural heritage.
In the right set of circumstances the government – our government – could consider NRA members an impediment to the brave new world they long to create. They could see them as domestic terrorists, labeling them as such and taking some kind of proactive action.
Am I wrong?