Godwin's rule is that the longer an internet discussion goes on the greater the likelihood that someone will drag out Hitler's carcass or call someone a Nazi. There is also the rule that the first contributor who mentions Nazis loses the argument. Both rules work well when it comes to name-calling. But, fascism is something that can be discussed intelligently.
The essay referenced at the web address below is a blog entry that is not a rant. It is not about Nazis. It is a well-documented essay about how pro-gun extremist in the USA approach the issue of gun safety in a manner that is common among fascist movements. The author uses Umberto Eco's (he grew up in fascist Italy) essay on how to identify black shirts to demonstrate the similarities between a fascist approach to policy and the strategies used by the NRA and its ilk.
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