The era of 2nd Amendment terrorism has begun

It was only a matter of time.  You can only tell people so many times that the socialist Muslim is plotting to take away their guns, and then enslave all of humanity (or simply slaughter everyone), before one of those people take it upon themselves to save humanity by taking out the bad guy.

Second Amendment supporters are suspected to have committed three terrorist acts this week on American soil – one against the group Mayors Against Gun Violence, another against Mayor Bloomberg, who is a staunch gun control advocate, and a third against President Obama.  All were sent similar suspicious letters, at least two contained powder, and at least one tested positive for the deadly poison Ricin.

The motivation for the attacks?  The Second Amendment:

CNN, citing a source with knowledge of the letters to Bloomberg and his gun-control group, said those letters include this:

“You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God-given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die.”

NBC reports that the same gun-nut letter was sent to President Obama.

The text of the Obama letter was identical to the text in the other two letters, which warned that anyone who comes to the sender’s house will “get shot in the face” and vows to protect a constitutional and God-given right to bear arms.

The text also warned: “What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you.”

Is anybody really surprised?  I’ve said for a while now that Second Amendment supporters have been making a great case for why they are the last people on earth who should be permitted to own a gun.  And these terrorist attacks prove it.

Think about it.  The NRA has been justifying their need to bear arms based on, what they seem to be suggesting, will be a coming zombie apocalypse.  Who wouldn’t be scared witless after reading this recent missive from NRA head Wayne LaPierre:

After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all….

Meanwhile, President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin, borrowing over a trillion dollars a year for phony “stimulus” spending and other payoffs for his political cronies. Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it.

Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face—not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that.

According to the NRA, it’s quite literally the end of the world coming, and Barack Obama wants you and your family to die.  What do people do when someone tries to kill their family?  They try to stop that killer first.

Is it any wonder that people like James Yeager, the CEO of Tactical Response, a Tennessee company that specializes in weapons and tactical training, would post a video on Facebook and YouTube talking about how he’s going to start “killing people” if Obama acts on his fiendish anti-gun plans:

“I”m not f’g putting up with this… if it goes one inch further, I’m gonna start killing people.”


(H/t Crooks and Liars)

Of course, the dirty little secret is that Second Amendment advocates want their guns in order to fight the government, not the blacks and the immigrants. LaPierre’s zombie apocalypse is a recent swerve away from the more common gun-nut theme of how the evil gummint is coming to get you, and the only thing that will stop them is your gun. Clearly, the gun groups are getting a little worried that their “stop the government at all costs” message might just come back to haunt them. And haunting them it is, now that pro-gun supporters are launching terrorist attacks in the name of the Second Amendment.

But what are rural gun nuts supposed to think when they hear garbage like this on a daily basis from NRA board members like Todd Ratner?

Then there’s NRA board member Ted Nugent, another great profile in prozac.  There’s so much on Nugent, it’s easier just to send you to our archives, so you can peruse the extremism at your leisure.

Keep in mind, these are people whose motto talks about having to take their guns out of their “cold dead hands.”  Meaning, you’ll have to kill them in order to beat them politically.  Again, any surprise that people like that have turned violent?

We’re talking about guns.  Instruments of extreme violence.  And now we’re supposed to be surprised that people who have a fetish for violence are using violence.  Republicans, and their allies in the gun groups, the religious right, the Tea Party and all the rest, have consistently told Americans that the United States Government is the enemy. Just look at the way they demonize judges, and federal employees, and the IRS.

After you tell people that the government is quite literally the enemy, and repeat it for a few decades, and then arm your supporters against that enemy, is it any wonder that people eventually take up arms to stop that enemy?

And finally, think of the violence we’ve seen in our country over the past few decades.  How many have been liberal-themed and how many have been conservative-themed?  How much of the violence comes from gay people (perhaps one attack in 20 years), and how much from the anti-gays (hate crimes abound).  How many from anti-gun supporters (zero), and how many from gun nuts (there are shootings every week).  How much violent from pro-choicers (zero), and how much from pro-lifers (all the abortion doctor murders, for starters).

There is a reason that so much of the political violence in this country comes from people who embrace right-wing ideology.

Second Amendment advocates have no one to blame but themselves for the terrorist turn their movement has now taken.


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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527 Responses to “The era of 2nd Amendment terrorism has begun”

  1. Moderator3 says:

    Bye.

  2. DefiantDeity says:

    It would be a shorter list to tell you what MAIG members are not criminals. Why should I have to tell you anyway, shouldn’t you already know who these creeps are? Chances are you voted for one. Since you seem like a typical low info voter that can’t think yourself I will do some of your research for you. Look up Mayor Richard Corkery, Gary Becker of Racine, Wis, and Eddie Alberto Perez just to name a few. All are or were members of MAIG.

    BTW they are not lies, why not prove it wrong with facts instead of just claiming it’s lies? Oh, that’s right you don’t know what facts are. You also don’t believe anything unless MSNBC or some other rag told you to believe it. The Boston bomber was an Obama supporter, his tweets and FaceBook page was there for the world to see. James Holmes was part of the Occupy losers, which were left wing lunatics.

    BillFromDover is another loser who needs to work on reading comprehension. Only an idiot can read this pathetic article and believe the wanna be journalist isn’t claiming 2A supporters are violent and turning into terrorist. Or they should be the last people on Earth permitted to own guns. Funny considering the outcome of these ricin letter case. What are the chances this mentally ill lady is a liberal/progressive? She works in the arts and entertainment industry, which 99% of them are liberal nut jobs.

  3. DefiantDeity says:

    Awesome come back! Is that what all the kids told you on the playground as you sat alone drooling on yourself?

  4. DefiantDeity says:

    I know your wife is a b*tch but don’t call her a dog just because she lets me have my way with her. What’s wrong, are you finally tired of kissing her and tasting me?

  5. atomiktiger says:

    It sounds like all 3 letters were possibly from one guy’s wife. However, even if all 3 came from 3 separate bone fide “gun nuts”, how does *mailing letters* constitute “gun” violence, or “taking up arms” to quote this blog post?

    “Second Amendment advocates have no one to blame but themselves ”

    How would the action of 1 – or even 3 – people speak for ALL Second Amendment advocates? I’m a 2A advocate & I’ve never done violence on anyone. I write articles & try to educate. I contact my elected officials. How is that anything like what you’re trying to paint me & people like me? There are an estimated 310-350 million firearms in the U.S., owned by tens of millions of owners. One – or three – people acting unilaterally through possible (or staged) violence can’t possibly represent them.

  6. The Right Fight says:

    Sorry, Moderator3 …

    I didn’t mean to spam, but I thought (based on their posts) that those particular commenters would appreciate knowing the outcome of the case.

    I won’t add more, as my intent wasn’t to spam.

    My intent was to add to the discussion, and I thought those particular readers would have appreciated hearing the follow up report of the FBI arrest.

    Again, my apology if you found it offensive.

  7. Moderator3 says:

    You have made this post enough times. Please don’t post it again. That’s spamming.

  8. The Right Fight says:

    Monoceros Forth –

    I thought you might like to read the outcome …

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_RICIN_LETTERS_TEXAS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-06-08-03-07-37

  9. The Right Fight says:

    Biff Sarin –

    I thought you might like to read the outcome …

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_RICIN_LETTERS_TEXAS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-06-08-03-07-37

  10. The Right Fight says:

    I guess “The Era of 2nd Amendment Terrorism” has actually begun with a wacky and vindictive wife who tried to frame her husband.

    The AP story didn’t reveal her political preferences, but her position on politics and the gun debates would certainly add an interesting twist to an already bizarre story.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_RICIN_LETTERS_TEXAS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-06-08-03-07-37

    Sorry to disappoint, but this doesn’t meet the legal definition of terrorism.

  11. Hal Romberg says:

    I’ve disagreed vehemently with right oriented people on right oriented sites before, mostly because I’m an atheist and a Libertarian. They have never threatened to do me harm. Not once, even when I’ve been flippant about things they care deeply about. I have had my life threatened though. Guess what side of the aisle the ones doing the threatening occupied. You got it. Lefties. My best guess is that it’s an artifact of people living primarily through their emotional reactions to events rather than through rational thought.

  12. ckg1 says:

    Dude, enter the room of FAIL.

    And would you please come out of the closet?

  13. BKBcraiglistkiller says:

    Keep being a sheep, get some education and buy a gun. It won’t matter though because you will die anyway when shit goes down and the government kicks in your door for having porn on your computer, then they shoot your dog, then they rape your tight little ass, then they kill you.
    Or you get robbed with a gun to your head with no means to defend yourself.

  14. Dominick Ahrens says:

    But I’m sure the comments posted by liberals calling for “death to all NRA members” are just people using the freedom of speech guaranteed by the 1st Amendment, right?

  15. Eric Nirschel says:

    I can’t imagine why gun owners would feel threatened. I mean, sure, the media and government is only labeling them all as insane and telling them they need to be locked up for being baby murdering lunatics all the time.

  16. youdeserveseverebutthurt says:

    For every rightwing nut job you identify I can find another left-wing nut job – don’t like guns – fine – post a sign outside your house that your place is a gun free zone and that there are no firearms currently on the proerty nor will they be allowed – see how long that lasts

  17. Al says:

    http://aravosis.wpengine.com/2013/06/b-list-actressed-shannon-richardson-arrest-for-ricin-mailings-to-obama-gun-control-advocates.html

    Any plans to issue an apology? Clearly an attempt to frame someone and a movement for the actress’ own gain..

  18. john says:

    That’s right. ALL gun enthusiasts and 2A supporters are crazy, violent, bloodthirsty whack jobs. Three poison letters obviously represent everyone who owns and enjoys firearms.

    Idiot…

  19. jpvoodoo says:

    Did you mean defamation? In arrears? We’ll how does one go about collecting from a fellow zombie? Threaten to kill them?

  20. jpvoodoo says:

    I do have a sense of humor and surely every zombie can’t be to blame.

  21. jpvoodoo says:

    Well my rational argument is that you don’t have a rational answer to a very tough question, because there isn’t one. Now if you can just admit that this author is the one making the irrational argument, by generalizing one group for the bad actions of one person, I’ll be done with you.

  22. yousoundbutthurt says:

    I don’t care how liberals “feel” about the 2nd Amendment. I choose to not be a victim and they chose to be sheep. That’s their right and it’s not my problem.

  23. yousoundbutthurt says:

    Wrong.

  24. yousoundbutthurt says:

    Liberals were the cause of all the recent gun violence.

  25. Strykewolf says:

    Actually, it would be all 3 of your examples.

    From the article on her arrest:


    Richardson, a mother of five who has played bit roles on television and in movies, was arrested earlier Friday for allegedly mailing the ricin-laced letters last month to the White House, Bloomberg and the mayor’s Washington gun-control group. The letters — which authorities determined were mailed from Richardson’s hometown of New Boston or nearby Texarkana and postmarked in Shreveport, La. — threatened violence against gun-control advocates, authorities said.”

  26. Strykewolf says:

    Is it too much to ask wanna-be reporters to actually back up their accusations with links? Some sort of documentation of these suspected terrorist acts? If you are referencing the ‘ricin’ letter that was sent to Obama, you might want to check the news. He was set up by his actress wife. She did the same to Bloomberg. That would be 2 out of 3 of your examples. Anyone feel like looking into her background?

    http://news.yahoo.com/texas-actress-charged-obama-ricin-threat-230606198.html

  27. THORGRIMM says:

    These attacks were staged by this guys wife, she was trying to frame him…. Failblog

  28. Naja pallida says:

    Crime and violence statistics. Not accidents and safety information. Which only makes sense, since accidents are not the purview of the Justice Department.

  29. Jon Shell says:

    Almost every single big name in gun control has already contradicted you on ‘there’s no confiscation’ with what they’ve said themselves about it. I can excuse you for forgetting, though – those same people set a good example of that.

    And good job, trying to make this a sexual issue. Way to go.

  30. ChuckFinley says:

    Because the Supreme Court of the United States said so in the case of Warren v.District of Columbia as the other poster noted.

    Google is your friend. Read about the events that led to the court case and read what the Supreme Court decided.

  31. JayRandal says:

    Any gun nuts who threaten to outright kill law enforcement officers coming to their houses to arrest them should be taken out by whatever means available. If they want to die in gun violence then grant them their wish before they gun down children at schools.

  32. That_Guy says:

    “They might rap you crackerjack.”
    Old school rap or newer stuff?
    I am ok with old school…the new stuff is just noise.

  33. That_Guy says:

    I have to agree with this post.
    Gun people are not going to hide behind a letter and send some almost ricin to try to intimidate Bloomberg. Bloomberg is going to implode himself by trying to legislate the types of condoms people can use, and whether they can fold or crumple their toilet paper when wiping their asses. Oh and he will probably try to legislate the number of sexual partners you can have and which positions you can use. He is so last year.

  34. That_Guy says:

    I haven’t, but you are wrong in stating that.

    http://www.gunblogblacklist.blogspot.com/
    Check out the veteran gunbloggers.
    These people get into facebook arguments and all of that hooey.

  35. That_Guy says:

    So straight people’s butts don’t hurt?

    That’s heterophobic. Nearly all of these blah blah blah.

    Butt hurt has nothing to do with homosexuality.

    Neither does ‘chaps my ass’ or ‘hardass’ or calling someone an asshole.

    Homosexuality has no monopoly on the buttocks and rectal area of a human.

  36. That_Guy says:

    Ahem.

    No.

    Federal law mandates background checks for internet sales, dealer sales, interstate sales and gun vendor sales. Period. If you buy it from a someone selling it as a commercial enterprise, it involved a background check. Or both you and the seller get to go to jail for ten years and have all of your rights stripped away due to felony conviction.
    No gun show loophole no way.
    ONLY and specifically face to face sales of long guns by one private individual to another private individual are exempt from this nation wide.
    ONLY and specifically face to face sales of handguns *inside the borders of a single state* by one private individual to another private individual are exempt from this nationwide. (Both purchaser and seller must reside in the same state at the time of sale)

    http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics

    http://www.atf.gov/files/publications/download/p/atf-p-5300-4.pdf

    Check the laws in this publication from the ATF. Anyone who knowingly or otherwise ships a firearm to a person who is ineligible to own or possess that firearm earns ten years in jail.
    § 478.32 Prohibited shipment, trans-
    portation, possession,
    or receipt of
    firearms and ammunition by certain persons

  37. That_Guy says:

    And so you are either saying the Chipmunk was defective or is a “child care product?”
    The parents did not perform the task of parenting successfully.

    That is all.

  38. That_Guy says:

    Well the DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics has a report up that catalogs a whole bunch of firearm and other related statistics.

    http://www.bjs.gov/content/guns.cfm
    Check it out and then argue with information instead of assumptions.

  39. That_Guy says:

    well……this is not proven at this time.

  40. That_Guy says:

    So he is a heavy lifting tool and you are a multi purpose tool. Good to know.

  41. That_Guy says:

    http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/05/ca-senate-approves-8-bills-to-regulate-guns.html
    look again. They confiscate all firearms that don’t meet their criteria and also confiscate firearms owned by people they have recently decided shouldn’t have them.

    Law on the books

  42. lynchie says:

    Take your head out of your dog’;s ass.

  43. That_Guy says:

    You have not read the NY SAFE act. It explicitly states the word confiscated in reference to the firearms owned by people in New York State. It sets a target date and any firearms listed in the law that are present in the State of New York after that date that are not owned by police, politicians or *reporters* will be confiscated and the owners/possessors subject to monetary fines and prosecution.

  44. bossmanham says:

    I don’t tool around. I give substantive arguments. You’re a typical lib. Your mom needs you to take out the trash, tool.

  45. karmanot says:

    Yep, like reading the toons.

  46. karmanot says:

    I would compare my toolitude to a Swiss Army knife and yours to a shovel.

  47. karmanot says:

    rotfl….sure is nice to have buds!

  48. karmanot says:

    I would but you left a pile there.

  49. karmanot says:

    You figured it out….Next!

  50. bossmanham says:

    As if western liberalism is any different here. Tool.

  51. SDN says:

    You’re right. We’re a bunch of traitors and terrorists.

    Of course, if we went back to 1776, I doubt King George III and his lackeys felt any differently about the Patriots of the day. I promise you George Washington was never referred to as “Father of his Country” in Lord Cornwallis’ officers mess.

    “Why doth treason never prosper? Because if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”

  52. BillFromDover says:

    unmotivated?

    Surely ya jest… how many other unmotivated protesters have ya met?

  53. BillFromDover says:

    “…but you are already telling everyone he must be an
    NRA member. Hypocrite!”

    For a start, show us where John claimed that this mental midget is a member of the NRA? Typical case of a loser building a straw man argument

    We’ll continue from there.

  54. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I find it so weird when someone new to the blog calls a long time poster a troll. I guess he didn’t realize we can check all his past posts.

  55. ckg1 says:

    YOU’RE the troll, pal. 11 comments compared to Karma’s 11K plus?

    Take your concern troll nature….polish it up nice and good….turn that sumbitch sideways…and stick it straight up your candy ass!

  56. ckg1 says:

    There’s so much bullshit to wade through that to do so would burn down RS’ servers…and in any case, odds are you’d move the goalposts.

    Just as a starting point…how about he tell us WHICH members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns are criminals? And he repeats the LIES about Holmes, Lanza’s mom, etc. They’re not worth dignifying with a response, because they’re LIES.

  57. Justin Myrick says:

    Another non-argument. You’re a troll. Crawl back under he bridge troll.

  58. Justin Myrick says:

    Instead of just saying “wrong on so many levels” and moving on, why not try and prove your point with a counter argument or some information to support your position? This person made several factual arguments, and you don’t care about facts. You just want to say, “No you’re wrong and I’m right just because.”

  59. Justin Myrick says:

    You are so worthless. You just say “wrong”, which somehow implies you are right, even though you haven’t provided and arguments against, or information disproving, this person’s points. NEXT!

  60. ckg1 says:

    Bolierplate bullshit. And so wrong on so many levels…

  61. samizdat says:

    No worries, Mr. k. Your right, the crazy, delusional obsessiveness of the typical gun nut is fatiguing and frustrating.

    (Though I will admit to getting a good laugh out of the crazy…kind of a guilty pleasure)

  62. karmanot says:

    Seem like an expert on kicking. Bet you have a scattering of dog bites on your ass.

  63. karmanot says:

    False flag: “they just want their legal handguns, rifles, and shotguns left alone.” So so they shall.

  64. karmanot says:

    agreed

  65. karmanot says:

    Only when you pull them out too fast.

  66. karmanot says:

    “You compare firearms to faulty child care products” Sorry troll, you apparently haven’t heard of the ‘Chipmonk’ rifle designed for children. You know the one where a five year old killed his two year old sister. Catch up.

  67. karmanot says:

    Even ourselves!

  68. karmanot says:

    That’s so hot. I love it when you talk pork.

  69. karmanot says:

    Ah, that explains those missing days in Obama’s school record!

  70. karmanot says:

    repeating a lie doesn’t make it true ham hock.