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By now we are all aware of the threats made by right wing activist Scott Oskay.

The template for a violent encounter between armed right wingers and other demonstrators already exists.  On November 3, 1979 a caravan of Klansmen and American Nazis ambushed a peaceful demonstration.  Several of the demonstrators were activists trying to encourage the formation of a textile workers union among African American textile workers in Greensboro, North Carolina, but on this occasion the demonstration was an anti-Klan rally with the theme "Death to the Klan."  Five demonstrators were killed and ten were wounded.

The incident became known as the Greensboro Massacre.

The ingredients for a repetition of this tragedy are all there.  It's not hard to imagine the scenario.  Right wing protesters will heed Scott Oskay's call and will bring guns to a healthcare town hall.  They will attempt to disrupt the town hall meeting and someone--perhaps a union member or an ACORN volunteer, or someone else interested in discussing policy without being shouted down--someone will ask the teabaggers to be quiet or leave or just respect the rights of others.

And that will be the trigger.  Perhaps a lone wingnut will pull out a handgun and open fire.  Or perhaps a group of right wing protesters will do what the Klansmen and Nazis in Greensboro did, perhaps they'll go back to their cars and retrieve long guns--rifles and shotguns--and launch a concerted attack on the town hall meeting.

It's hard for me to imagine what comes next if that happens.

Will there finally be a backlash against the tactics employed by the Republican Party?  Or will Republicans take Democratic weakness as a sign that they can employ violence at will?

Originally posted to The Richmonder on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 04:33 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." --H.L. Mencken

    by JCWilmore on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 04:33:48 PM PDT

  •  I don't know (5+ / 0-)

    whether it would happen at an actual town hall.  However, that this hard turn to hard right quasi-insurrectionary politics will result in some act of violence is almost inevitable.

    "99% of the battles and skirmishes that we fought in Afghanistan were won by our side." ~ Marshall Akhromeyev

    by ActivistGuy on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 04:38:03 PM PDT

  •  I think it's a very real possibility. I don't (1+ / 0-)
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    know how much screening is possible or practical for entrance to such meetings.  Assuming it's pretty good, then any violence is likely to happen outside and will be difficult to label as directly related to the town hall.  The rats are truly coming out of hiding, and this could well turn into a bloody summer here in the homeland.

  •  Please get your facts straight. (4+ / 0-)
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    RonV, TarheelDem, JCWilmore, Anorish

    you might want to check your link. It was not a peaceful anti-union march; it was a peaceful " death to the Klan" rally and they weren't ambushed; they sent out flyers daring the Klan to show up.

    It was one of the most terrible events in Greensboro's history and the police complicity and acquittals of the murderers made it that much worse.

    But if you're going to try to make a comparison, please base it on the facts,

    Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. -susan ertz

    by graycat13 on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 04:57:01 PM PDT

    •  Story updated (1+ / 0-)
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      Tried to address your concerns.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." --H.L. Mencken

      by JCWilmore on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 05:00:55 PM PDT

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    •  Agreed. (1+ / 0-)
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      I grew up in Greensboro and was living there on that day. I remember it quite clearly (I have some personal links to one of the victims families, btw...).

      I could see a viable comparison if folks showed up at a town hall event carrying signs that said "Death to the Tea Baggers", and eventually, all hell broke loose. But otherwise, not so much.

      Kind of interesting related story. During the Klansmen's trial, I had occasion to go to the Guilford County courthouse in Greensboro. I happened to walk by some tables that were set up outside the courthouse.

      Seated at the tables were several families seemingly just enjoying a picnic. They were feasting on chicken and various salads and such, and I thought... what the heck is all this? Then I remembered that the trial was going on. I looked around and spotted police sharpshooters on the roofs of nearby buildings. Obviously, court was in recess for lunch.

      I realized that I had just walked through a crowd of Nazi KKK murdering bastards and their kin folk.

      Creepy.

      Of course, they all got off. Claiming self-defense because the SWP protesters had sticks attached to their signs and they could have been used as weapons against the Klansman's womenfolks.

      I think there were some eventual convictions on federal civil rights violations, but I'm not sure.

      "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war." -9.75, -8.41

      by RonV on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 06:52:20 PM PDT

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  •  Been saying this for a while now (2+ / 0-)
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    JCWilmore, Virginia mom

    All of the signs are there. We've already had several high profile gun violence incidents where people on the right wing of politics have simply cracked, the latest was just the other day.

    Many of these people unfortunately are unhinged and what better way for them to 'take their country back' than by getting rid of the traitorous dems that want to kill the old people, fund abortion and give healthcare to 40 million illegals. Oh and to say nothing about Obama wanting to take their guns away from them.

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