An individual who adheres to a political viewpoint which drives them to seek to return to a previous state in a society is a reactionary, and it is natural for a person who is divorced from reality of the present. Over the past four years there have been calls by conservatives to harken back to an historical era that either never really existed, or belonged to an epoch far removed from modern civilization. There are extremist Christians who yearn for a society governed by statutes found in the Law of Moses typical of Iron Age Judaism, and teabaggers who pant for conditions that drove the American colonies to declare their independence from the British in late 18th century colonial America. Where most Americans are reacting with utter shock and revulsion at the increasing gun violence plaguing America, there is a contingent of gun fanatics driven by racial prejudice and gun lobby fear mongering who desperately long to initiate a revolutionary war over attempts to stop the senseless gun violence that threatens civilized society and the domestic tranquility cited in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
Since the tragedy that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, calls for armed conflict against the government have been the purview of maniacal gun zealots and racists who conflate gun safety measures with gun confiscation orders at the behest of the Obama Administration. Despite reports that right-wing extremists in league with Republican ideologues pose a serious threat to the government, law enforcement, and the people, Republicans and the National Rifle Association have been remiss to condemn calls for a revolution to replicate sectarian street violence that ravaged post-invasion Iraq that this country is creeping toward. However, over the weekend, an NRA spokesman and board member joined the calls for revolution against the Obama Administration, and a leading Senate Republican struck fear in his constituents with a frantic warning the government is coming for their guns en route to shredding the Constitution.
In an urgent email from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, he warned fellow Kentuckians that “You and I are literally surrounded. The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on your rights, on your freedom from those who want to shred our Constitution – they’re coming for your guns.” McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, said “It is almost hard to believe the sheer breadth and brazenness of this attempt to gut our Constitution,” referring to gun control measures to reduce the proliferation of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines on American streets. McConnell’s use of battleground siege terminology such as “surrounded” and “about to launch an all-out assault” cannot be misconstrued as anything other than government declaring war on gun owners and the U.S. Constitution. McConnell even made a pre-recorded phone message telling Kentucky hunters and gun owners “Their efforts to restrict your rights, invading your personal privacy and overstepping their bounds with executive orders, is just plain wrong,” and he vowed to fight them “tooth and nail.” The only thing missing from McConnell’s clarion call to arms was the time and staging area to make a stand against tyrannical government reminiscent of colonial Americans facing British troops at Concord where the “shot heard round the world” signaled the beginning of America’s war of independence. An NRA spokesman and board member did make a direct reference to Concord in a warning to the Obama Administration.
The NRA board member, draft dodger Ted Nugent, made his comments during the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) in Las Vegas over last weekend. Nugent said the “Barack Obama gang is actually attempting to re-implement the tyranny of King George that we escaped from in 1776, and if you want another Concord Bridge, I got some buddies.” Nugent summoned the Revolutionary milestone that pitted a group of colonists against British soldiers assembled at the North Bridge in Concord, Mass. in 1775, and broke a standoff when a soldier opened fire. Nugent went on a tirade claiming “The president of the United States goes to the Vietnam Memorial Wall and pretends to honor 58,000 American heroes who died fighting communism and he pretends to pay honor to men who died fighting communism, and then he hangs out with, hires and appoints communists. He is an evil, dangerous man who hates America and hates freedom. And we need to fix this as soon as possible.”
Nugent has an inordinate amount of gall citing the 58,000 American heroes who died fighting communism in Viet Nam, because to avoid serving his country, he defecated and urinated in his own pants and feigned insanity when he went before the draft board because as he said, “I did not want to get my ass blown off in Vietnam.” Apparently the NRA board member who was too much of a coward to fight for his country has no compunction fighting against his own country, or inciting his gun-fanatic buddies to “fix” the fact the American people re-elected President Obama; “as soon as possible.”
Since the Sandy Hook massacre took place prompting outrage and calls for stricter gun controls and safety measures to protect Americans from gun-crazed “law abiding citizens” and their assault weapons, so-called patriots who equate sane gun laws with “shredding the Constitution” have made overtures of revolution to protect their precious AR15s and high-capacity magazines. However, McConnell and Nugent represent the first official institutional forays into inciting gun advocates to fight tooth and nail against President Obama’s attempt to blunt the daily reports of gun atrocities McConnell and Nugent claim are “shredding the Constitution” that drives hate-filled gun-zealots into revolutionary war mode. It is noteworthy that neither the NRA, or the Republican Party, have distanced themselves from Nugent or McConnell’s fear mongering and blatant lies that serve one purpose and one purpose only; incite violence against the United States government and its Commander in Chief that regardless how one defines it, is sedition.