The 8 Gun-Nuttiest Freakouts Over the Prospect of Obama Issuing a Few Modest Executive Orders
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Physically sickened. No drama queens here.
I really, really hope this president and his authoritarian cohorts in Congress will slow down, take a deep breath and realize that, right now, they’re playing a very dangerous game of chicken. If they try what I think they might, but hope they don’t, I fear this nation – already on the precipice of widespread civil unrest and economic disaster – might finally spiral into to utter chaos, into a second civil war.
But then again, that may be exactly what they have in mind.
Did I mention that we're talking about things like not letting gun dealers who lose their licenses keep selling guns?
Of course, Barber wasn't alone. Larry Klayman, a birther legal analyst, wrote:
Obama’s threats to use executive orders to remove or curtail our right to bear arms constitutes the final straw. It is in effect a declaration of war against the American people and our way of life. The irony today, as it was in 1776, is that that these miscalculations by our rulers will in the end serve to be their own undoing and result in our liberation from their evil clutches. Let us pray that Obama and Biden and the likes of Pelosi and Reid are so stupid as to carry through with their threats, so that the masses will finally be provoked to rise up as they did in colonial times.
These are but two examples among hundreds. And they always seem to forget that the words “well regulated” appear right there in the Second Amendment!
4. Who Needs An Organized Militia?
Matt Barber and Larry Klayman may fancy themselves manly men, but James Yeager, the CEO of a company called Tactical Response, took it a step further and just threatened to start shooting people, perhaps randomly, in a widely viewed YouTube video.
And then the state of Tennessee determined that he was a crank and a menace, and yanked his conceal carry permit. Oddly, he didn't go all Rambo on them! Nobody had to pry his concealed carry permit from his cold, dead hands. Instead, he appeared in another video, chastened and with his lawyer at his side, to explain that, hey, it was all a big misunderstanding.
5. Sandy Hook Truthers Emerge
This latest push for some new gun controls is obviously a result of the horrific bloodbath at Sandy Hook elementary school, in which 20 small children were killed with a Bushmaster.
And when the New Right doesn't like an objective reality, they just create their own – like with manmade climate change.
Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald reported last week that there are now “Sandy Hook Truthers,” who think the whole thing was staged – or maybe that Obama shot those kids himself – as a premise to take away their precious guns.
Seitz-Wald followed up this week with the tale of Gene Rosen, a man who sheltered six students and a bus driver who had fled Sandy Hook. Seitz-Wald writes, “He brought them inside and gave them food and juice and toys. He called their parents. He sat with them and listened to their shocked accounts of what had happened just down the street inside Sandy Hook Elementary, close enough that Rosen heard the gunshots.”
And then he gave a few media interviews.