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  •  First, perhaps, you might spend a little while (1+ / 0-)
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    looking at the figures that show who and where most of these insanely high gun sales are happening, and who, for the most part is buying them.  

    Then perhaps ask yourself if it's really because they're still expecting to have to fight the black helicopters.  

    I live down here, specifically in small-town Texas.  I don't find the idea of these hateful racist nut-jobs doing something most people would find unthinkably evil.  

    •  Two very different things (0+ / 0-)

      Randomized violence, like the shooting in Las Vegas a month or two ago - sure, that kind of stuff could be on the uptick in the future.  I doubt it, but it's certainly in the realm of possibility.

      A second civil war, i.e., an actual armed insurrection with states and/or millions of Americans taking up arms?  Utter nonsense and the people peddling it on our side are no less nutty than those on the far right.

      •  Believe me, where I live, I don't even speak about (1+ / 0-)
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        politics to anyone but a handful of people I know very, very well.  

        I keep a low profile because where I live, my politics are considered all but traitorous.  

        I would be very happily surprised if I could be assured by someone who would actually know for sure that there's not a loosely-organized white-supremacist, neo-nazi, kkk, t-party "plot" to do something extreme and violent if Democrats are able to retake the House, retain control of the Senate, and keep control of the White House in the 2016 elections.  

        As I said before, I live down here in the middle of them and a lot of "them" assume that because I'm white, older, and come across as somewhat reserved, I'm one of "them."  I'm anything but, but I want to live long enough to cast my votes in the 2014 and 2016 elections.  

        •  Well, good luck then (1+ / 0-)
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          Sorry, but I guess I have a hard time imagining being so terrified of my neighbors that I think that there's a realistic chance that they're going to shoot me for my political views sometime between now and November, 2016.

          •  If you haven't lived down here, you probably (0+ / 0-)

            really cannot comprehend just how mindless and rabid some of these people are.  Racism is not a joke and I promise you that it's still very much with us, just gone underground.  Those who are racists, for the most part, have learned to conceal their sickness until they believe they're in "safe" company and then they'll let fly with the most irrational, hateful, and bizarre arguments for why "we" should all fear and hate those "others."  For some, that will mean only those of African origins.  For others, it will be anyone whose face and skin color are different from their own pale, pasty skin.  

            I'd love to find out that I'm completely wrong about what I believe racists/right-wingers are capable of, I really hope I am.

            Please also understand, I don't live in terror.  I'm just mindful of what I say to whom.  Because I don't want my tires slashed, I don't put Democratic bumper stickers on my vehicle, and because I don't want my house damaged, I don't put Democratic signs in my front yard.  Those things do happen.  

            I think it may also be that because I lived away, in California, Colorado, and New Mexico for twenty formative years; coming, back I was more acutely aware of the undercurrents of racism, religious fanaticism, homophobia, and misogyny, much more acutely that before I moved away.  

            Hope that 'splains my position a bit more clearly.

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