It must be terribly troubling these days to be a government conspiracy theorist- sleepless nights, worrisome days- wondering when that dreaded knock on the door will come or when the sound of those black helicopters will be heard overhead! “The government is coming to take my gun away!”
After the shooting at Sandy Hook, the general public, often asleep, has stirred and has begun to demand a stop to the wanton wholesaling of military assault weapons on our streets and in our neighborhood. The NRA is nervous because finally The People are not backing. You can hear fear in their inane rhetoric. The once-impenetrable fortress is under siege.
Naturally they have turned to their faithful base, the NRA membership. Yet not all members are as mindless as the hard-core conspiracy theorists at its base. Many NRA members support universal background checks as well as limiting the capacity of magazine clips. Sensible people. They are parents and grandparents who are concerned about the children first, NRA membership a distant second.
Nonetheless, other NRA members are obsessed, even paranoid, with the thought that ‘the government’ is coming to take their guns away. Even more deranged are those who believe that citizens need their military assault weapons to protect themselves from The Government. Just this morning, a letter to the editor of the Toledo Blade manifested such obsessive paranoia:
Don’t be so quick to ban assault guns
I have some suggestions for your readers and op-ed columnists who continue to point out that most of the guns used in recent shootings are not suitable for hunting.
People should read the Second Amendment. There is no reference to hunting. They should look up the definition of militia, then answer this: if circumstances necessitated the formation of militias, how could law-abiding citizens do so if all of the effective weaponry had been banned or confiscated?
Poor Mr. Noss. He’s been listening to talk radio way-too much and reading his NRA literature too often. But then, think about this: a BLACK president in the White House! And he hasn’t even begun his next 4-year term yet! And his Vice President is holding talks on guns! And…!
There ought to be GA [gun anonymous] meetings available throughout this nation, just as comprehensive and numerous as AA groups. Yet, on second thought, I don’t give much hope for the success of GA groups for the serious conspiracy theorists. They are too deeply involved in myth and fantasy to be ‘set straight’ without professional psychological counselling.
Hopefully- although I have no data on this- this clutch represents only a small fraction of NRA membership. As in many organizations, there exists a core of hardened believers in the ’cause.’ These zealots commonly believe so intensely in the mission that they may loose sight of the big picture. To the hard-core conspiratorialists, mandating background checks for all purchases of weapons as well as the ban on army assault-style weapons is tyranny. The bubble universe in which they dwell has no room for such ‘impinging’ limitations on their freedom.
Those moronic Tea Party costumes seen on TV worn by that absurd gathering of malcontents in DC a few years ago seems bland in comparison to the GI Joe, locked and loaded cabal huddled in basements atop their stash of ammunition all across America. Were I a neighbor of a person such as the editorial writer cited above, a For Sale sign would be driven into the frozen ground this morning.