Who is buying all the ammo?
by WashStateBlue, Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 12:45:54 PM EDT
There was a very interesting diary about the rise of violence and right wing hate.
In that diary, there was a worthy discussion if there is a correlation between some of the incendiary talk on right-wing outlets and some of this sporadic violence we have recently seen; Both sides, those claiming a causal effect and those claiming you can't draw a straight line between crap Rush or Beck spouts to the base and some clearly disturbed individual who was already triggered to go postal out there, have valid points.
But, there DOES seem to be a traceable correlation between one phenomenon happening, and it would argue that the kind of hysteria we are hearing in the echo chamber is causing or at least exacerbating this effect:
Guns and ammo are flying off the shelf, and whether or not that leads to an increase in gun violence is not the main point of my diary, NOR am I calling for increase in gun regulation. In that regard, I am an absolute fanatic, and no need to throw in some malarkey about hunting rights. The Founders thought an armed population was a good check to potential over-reaching government power, and, just for old time sake, I'm sticking with em. It's not that I believe we can fight off the Feds in an armed insurrection, Ruby Ridge is not where I am suggesting we go. I just think some ideas are good enough in theory to believe in and fight for.
I am suggesting something is driving this stocking up on ammunition and guns, and I believe it is being fueled by hysteria in the right wing media.
If you listen to the link on the NPR webpage, at the end, the gun store owner gives a pitch perfect rant, straight out of the Glenn Beck Handbook, with all the catch phrases: socialism, Obama giving money to people who don't work for a living, and gun confiscation. It's all there, all in perfect 3 part wing-nut harmony.
None of this is new; it's all the lingua franca of the modern conservative Republican party.
I think something is driving these people to the stores, in the midst of a recession, to purchase a life time supply of ammo.
I think they are being driven by the message they are receiving, that their very way of life is in imminent danger, that someone is coming for their guns, their religion, the children.
It has always been the agenda of the Republican party and the right wing to keep it's base in a constant state of numbing fear, fear of immigrants, of foreign countries, of non-Christian religions.For years, it was Abortion and Gay Marriage, and while that still holds sway, I think the rabble rousers are feeding a more toxic brew to the base, mostly because they are standing in the rubble their right wing anti-goverance Ayn Rand Idealism has rendered. This isn't Ronnie Raygun's New Morning in America, this is more the dead of night and something has gone deadly wrong, and they have to shift the blame away from their own failed agenda as the root cause.
Now, I think it is the message of the party, or of some of it's more incendiary prophets of doom, "it's time to arm yourselves, you must protect yourself from a hijacked government coming to steal your America from you."
Will we see 2009 versions of Ruby Ridge or The Oklahoma City Fed Building Bombing?
Only time will tell.