The Obama administration is planning a bold new move in the wake of yet another year of horrible mass shootings, that is going to really piss off the NRA and similar Ammosexual groups. The Department of Justice is going to be devoting more effort to fight “domestic terrorism” by creating a new “domestic terrorism council”. It has not been indicated yet who the new appointee will be, but they will coordinate domestic terrorism trends and cases, as well as analyze our existing law for any gaps or opportunities for enhancement, to make sure these threats can be combated as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Assistant Attorney General, John Carlin, said in a speech at GW university, “We recognize that, over the past few years, more people have died in this country in attacks by domestic extremists than in attacks associated with international terrorist groups.” Carlin also went on to say that the terms “violent extremism” and “terrorism” can be used interchangeably, and that the threat of it can range from anti-government sentiment, eco-terrorism, and racism. “Anti-government” is a label that sure will sting the Right Wing masses. I can’t wait for the crying to start.
It is extremely important that this threat is called out for what it is, and not left for NRA to whitewash it, unchallenged, with the trope of the “crazed lone gunman” that we can do nothing to stop.
As you are probably already imagining, the NRA and other Right Wing terror groups like the Oath Keepers will be absolutely furious. There will be no end of fundraising, gun sales, bunker building in backyards, and who knows what else. Really, though, that is tough luck for them. They come up with 100 reasons every week why you should buy guns to overthrow the government that the rest of the nation elected democratically. I simply do not feel bad for them if end up being added to a no fly/terrorist watch list because they made this choice.
There are going to be a lot of Republicans upset over this. They will go on and on about how you can’t hold an organization like the NRA responsible for the actions of a few of their members. When they do that, remind them of something. Every Republican always wants to blame Islam for Muslim extremism, even though the vast majority of Muslims are not extremists. Ask them how they can apply that harsh standard to Islam, yet be an apologist for domestic terrorists that are among their own ranks.
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