You know how I know you’re a domestic terrorist and not a “gun rights” advocate? When you start sending poison in letters to elected officials because your teeny, tiny mind can’t grasp the concept that no one is coming to take your guns away, that’s how. So about a month ago, the same week the Boston Marathon was bombed, some jackass sent a letter to the president, a Republican Senator and a judge that contained ricin — a deadly poison. After initially arresting the wrong man, the FBI nabbed a Mississippi man in connection to the letters sent in April. Now this week three new ricin-tainted letters have been intercepted on their way to President Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
America’s soft, sociopathic underbelly is starting to show.
So how does this relate to the Second Amendment argument currently raging in our country since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary? Well, the person who sent this new batch of letters is perhaps the best person to ask. In the letters to Bloomberg, which were sent to both to City Hall in New York City and to Bloomberg’s office in D.C. that he keeps for his PAC, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The letters contained unambiguous threats to the president and the mayor, “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional, God-given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die. What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you.”
So there you have it, evidence seems to point to this being the work of a disgruntled gun-zealot who is mistakenly under the impression that at any moment MaoBama’s storm troopers are going to burst through their bunker door, subdue them and take away their weapons cache. To be completely fair, while authorities have said there is a “person of interest” in Texas in this case, we don’t have very many details, so it’s entirely possible this is the work of someone trying to mislead authorities and pin the blame on right-wing fringe lunatics. But let’s be honest here for a moment, shall we?
The letters were postmarked coming through Shreveport, Louisiana. Clearly not everyone in the South is a terrorist, but the South is where majority of red states lie, and Louisiana went to Mitt Romney by nearly 20 points last November. Even if the man in Texas is not related to the case, the letters came from a hot bed of conservative ideology. Clearly the strain of thought that connects background checks to an attempt to “gun grab” and then further decides it’s okay to participate in domestic terrorism to protect your “God given right” to a hand cannon is an offshoot of conservative thought. I don’t know many liberals that listen to Adam Kokesh or Alex Jones, do you?
So what happens now? Are we going to see more and more of these idiotic attempts to derail the country from having this much-needed discussion? The other night in Chicago fifteen people were killed or injured by gun fire. Thousands of Americans have died since the tragedy in Newtown, and in the history of our nation far, far more people have been killed by gun violence than in terrorist attacks — either foreign or domestic. Perhaps we will see a slight rise in these kinds of cowards trying to act tough and incite revolt. They will all fail and fail miserably though, because the truth is 90% of Americans want stiffer background checks on all gun purchases, and the other proposals on the table in terms of gun control enjoy smaller but noticeable majorities in public opinion polling as well. This means the vast, overwhelming majority of Americans will be appalled by people like Kokesh and his “Open Carry March,” and they’ll be downright horrified by these ricin letter attacks.
Anyone you find defending these terrorists on the grounds of “Constitutional Freedom” you can feel free to ignore and/or give a Wet Willy to. This is The United States of America, and while we’re not great at it all the time, we are supposed to be a free society that handles its problems with each other peacefully, in our legislatures and courtrooms…not with guns and poisoned letters. That’s the stuff of third world warlords. There is no difference between Al Qaeda operatives and whoever the scumbag is that tried to assassinate Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama.
Lastly, for anyone who still thinks I’m assuming too much about the ideology of the person or people connected to these attacks, I’ll leave you with the words of a law enforcement source close to the investigation, “It may not have been correctly made. Clearly amateur hour. This is not the national threat as some are making it out to be.” I mean…right?