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It occurs to me, watching all the first responders in Boston---all the police officers and EMS crews and national guard members who worked WITH the countless citizens who rushed in to help those who needed help; all the first responders at the Texas blast, many who have lost their lives; all the first responders on 9/11; and all the first responders who put their lives on the line every single day in service to their fellow citizens---that these are the people that Wayne LaPierre and his cronies are ginning up fear against when they say the government wants to take away our "freedoms". And yet he and the anti-gun control crowd are the same ones who insist that we not cut our military spending even though we spend more on the military than the next 13 countries combined. These are the same people who cheered on the passage of the Patriot Act, which allows for warrantless searches of anyone the government deems suspicious, and allows for monitoring of virtually every phonecall you make and allows for collection of all your emails and all cloud information without a warrant.

Let's play pretend here. Do you really think that by not allowing citizens to enact laws to stop the strawman sales of guns at gun shows that fuel the illegal gun trade, by not allowing citizens to enact laws requiring background checks and registration and training before one can purchase a gun, that you will be able to overcome the vast military force that you have helped build up when the government does decide to come for your freedoms?

It just doesn't make sense.

Originally posted to marleycat on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 05:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA) and Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

    by marleycat on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 05:20:32 AM PDT

  •  This is America where stupid poor white men (0+ / 0-)

    Fought two wars for evil rich men two own human beings.

    Not surprised.

  •  You're a bit off target, marleycat. (0+ / 0-)

    The shit spewer lapierre is referring to the federal agents, not the municipal / county / state agents.

    An example that illustrates that there is, in fact, a distinction being made is in how he encouraged hiring local cops to secure the schools.

    This is just my own theory, something I came up with to try to explain the right wing seeming inconsistencies:
    They are in alignment with the existence of population-based law enforcement such as state cops who are based on the population of that state or municipal cops who are based on the population of their own town. The federal agents are not population based, they lack official roots to an area. While agent john doe will have a home town of course, john's swat-style squad of eight may well come from 8 different states - thus the squad based in city X is not "local". Taking on that perception, it reminds me of the history of the labor rights movement where the pinkerton security company would take a bunch of people and shift them far away, so that even though a pinkerton crew was still American and was shooting other Americans, they were a bunch of guys from virginia who were getting paid to shoot a bunch of labor protesters in michigan.

    It's not the most polished theory, but I think that emotional / tribal lens is not a bad explanation for how people like lapierre and the rest of the right wing can encourage putting the lives of their treasured children into the hands of local badges while holding profound distrust and hostility regarding anyone with a non-tribal badge.

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