The gun-rights debate is taking a nastier-than-usual turn, wherein members of the anti-gun-rights crowd are publicly calling for the federal government to move against gun-rights supporters — in particular, the NRA and its leadership — and arrest, jail, try, rendition, or otherwise attack outspoken gun-rights supporters.
Examples: Dr. Christopher Swindell of Marshall University wrote “Gun safety debate is B.S.” in the Charleston (W.V.) Gazette: Watching the celebration at the NRA convention over the defeat of background checks was the most nauseating experience of the day.… The NRA advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America. That’s treason, and it’s worthy of the firing squad. The B.S. needs a serious gut check. We are not a tin pot banana republic where machine gun toting rebel groups storm the palace and depose the dictator. Normally, I am a peaceable man, but in this case, I am willing to answer the call to defend the country. From them.… It’ll be an M1A Abrams tank, supported by an F22 Raptor squadron with Hellfire missiles. Try treason on for size. See how that suits. And their assault arsenal and RPGs won’t do them any good.… Keith Darling-Brekhus, wrote in “Flirting with treason: The insurrectionist ideology of the NRA leadership”: If the men and women in the NRA leadership and their Congressional supporters want to fantasize about waging guerrilla warfare against the federal government they have the freedom to do that and nobody has yet taken the guns away from Wayne LaPierre, Ted Nugent or Don Young despite their incendiary rhetoric. However, when they throw their tantrums and launch rhetorical firebombs at the government, we do not have to accept their claims of patriotism and let them wrap those arguments in the American flag. In a functioning democracy, armed insurrection is not a form of patriotism it is treason and the NRA leadership is flirting with treason when they embrace paranoid insurrectionist fantasies and abandon all reason in the process. It is time we call it what it is and stop treating such arguments as intellectually valid or morally defensible. Dave Perry, Aurora (Colo.) Sentinel editor, wrote in “We Can Only Save Ourselves From Kidnappers At The NRA”: No more due process in the clear-cut case of insidious terrorism. When the facts are so clearly before all Americans, for the whole world to see, why bother with this country’s odious and cumbersome system of justice? Send the guilty monsters directly to Guantanamo Bay for all eternity and let them rot in their own mental squalor. No, no, no. Not the wannabe sick kid who blew up the Boston marathon or the freak that’s mailing ricin-laced letters to the president. I’m talking about the real terrorist threat here in America: the National Rifle Association. John Aravosis, editor of AMERICAblog, wrote in “Stephen Colbert on the NRA convention & gun nut bullet conspiracy theories”: A friend recently wrote me on Facebook and asked if it didn’t seem as if the gun-nuts were getting awfully close to advocating sedition. I think he’s right. There’s far too much talk from the “Second Amendment” types about needing their guns to fight some imminent war, probably against the US government. If these guys were brown, they’d be arrested and flown to Gitmo. Washington Monthly contributing writer Ed Kilgore wrote in “None Dare Call It Treason”: Am I perhaps being unfair to these people in suggesting that they are behaving like America-haters and are flirting with treason? I don’t think so. Has criticizing the government for anti-gun legislation become sedition in the eyes of gun opponents? Gun owners already know the 2nd Amendment is under attack, but is the 1st Amendment no longer active? What should gun owners do when we are called traitors and terrorists? Let us hear your opinions in the comments section below: