It seems anytime we have a Democrat in the Oval Office, the media has to start screaming about right-wing extremism. Sometimes, we hear about it even when a Republican is in office, such as under the presidency of Donald Trump.
However, we’ve got Joe Biden in there now, so of course, the media will start talking about it all over again.
Over at The Hill, it seems we get the usual dire warning about the subject and they take special time to bash the gun community.
In the early 1990s, gun control legislation began to serve as a focal point of contention for right-wing extremists. The Brady Bill and the Federal Assault Weapons Ban aggravated ardent defenders of the Second Amendment who viewed such legislation as the precursor to a broader false conspiracy to disarm and enslave American citizens.
Indeed, conspiracy theories — with no bearing in reality — have long served to galvanize right-wing extremist groups, particularly after the end of the Cold War. Many feared that gun control was an intentional plot to render American citizens defenseless and subject to enslavement. Others harbored the paranoid belief that the United Nations was seeking to overthrow the United States government under the auspices of creating a New World Order.
Unfortunately, many of these right-wing extremist beliefs continue today and still pose a serious threat to U.S. national security.
The vehement defense of gun ownership has also persisted into the present day. Extremist groups such as the Oath Keepers have called for a complete repeal of all gun laws and promised violent retaliation if they perceive any infringement upon their rights. Meanwhile, the Boogaloo Boys are preparing for a “second civil war” in the United States. Some individuals have already attempted to undertake violent action. Jerry Drake Varnell, a member of the Three Percent militia movement, attempted to detonate a bomb in Oklahoma in an effort to foment a revolution. Meanwhile, members affiliated with the Wolverine Watchmen planned to kidnap Michigan’s governor and instigate civil war by targeting other government officials and police officers.
You’re damn the right vehement defense of gun ownership persists. It will continue to persist for as long as any of us maintain the ability to breathe.
So the hell what?
Defending a constitutionally protected right isn’t extremism. While you can make claims that the Boogaloo Boys are more than just cosplayers–seriously, if they were going to start a war, they wouldn’t be wearing Hawaiian shirts, for crying out loud–and you can point out some people who went too far (with or without FBI encouragement), we can do the same with the left.
The shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia isn’t exactly ancient history, now is it?
So what is it about defending the Second Amendment that seems to set people like the author’s mind to think of us as extremists? Maybe because we value our rights and aren’t willing to shuffle them aside for political convenience.
Part of the problem is, of course, that someone who focuses on free speech or freedom of religion doesn’t necessarily have the means to do much more than talk at a problem. There’s no real threat if the government decides to ignore the First Amendment and restrict religions or speech.
Gun owners, though, can.
The thing is, we’ve always been pretty clear about where the line is. Some have crossed the line from our side, sure, and absolutely no one is heartbroken that they’re being punished for it. But gun owners aren’t some megalithic group where if one of us decides to blow up a building, the rest of us are on board as well. It just ain’t happening.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that missing from this discussion is how history repeated itself with leftist race riots plaguing the country last summer. Billions in property damage, at a minimum, as well as the loss of human life. I’m sorry, but that doesn’t matter, apparently.
What these kinds of op-eds do is try and prime the public to be scared of people like gun owners. Stopping pushing gun control so vehemently and guess what happens with these kinds of people? Nothing. They don’t do anything.
Funny how that shakes out, isn’t it?