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And we thought the NRA leadership was “out there” …

From Brian Tashman, at Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way:

Gun Activists Warn Obama is Raising a Private Black Army to Massacre White Americans

Gun Owners of America president Larry Pratt appeared Tuesday on the Talk to Solomon Show alongside conservative blogger Greg W. Howard, of Twittergate fame, for another chance to spew anti-Obama conspiracy theories.

Pratt predicted that President Obama may begin confiscating guns in order to provoke a violent response to justify further oppression, which host Stan Solomon feared would lead to the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of people. …

But Solomon wasn’t finished: ‘I believe they will put together a racial force to go against an opposite race resistance, basically a black force to go against a white resistance, and then they will claim anyone resisting the black force they are doing it because they are racist.

Howard agreed: ‘You may be right because he has been sowing the seeds of racial hatred; we were healing quite well as a nation on racial issues until Obama came along and now we have a lot of racial discord.’

The arguments included that Obama is not an American, that he

… may begin ‘wiping out a few hundred people who own guns, pull a large scale Waco or a Ruby Ridge type incident’ and have it ‘tinged it with racial overtones.’

He also, Howard claimed, has plans to “take down” the internet, but never fear: “people are setting up phone-trees all over the place.”

‘If Obama can take your guns away he can take your car, he can take your home, he can take your bank account, he can take your very life,’ Howard said.

… Pratt warned that ‘a lot of people resolved, ‘no more free Wacos,’’ and that if Obama ‘starts playing the massacre game the way you did at Waco, well, you’re going to get surrounded, you won’t be able to go home safely, your family won’t be safe.’

At the link you’ll find videos of the Talk to Solomon show. I just couldn’t make myself post it.

I don’t know how many people take this kind of “thinking” seriously, but it’s happening in the context of the ongoing national debates about gun and ammunition controls. Have you noticed, though, a decided decrease in coverage of such? We as a nation seem to move on fairly quickly. Or at least the media does, and so it’s difficult to tell how much people are, or aren’t, still paying attention.

Here’s one update on the “guns in the USA” saga, at Talking Points Memo, from Evan McMorris-Santoro:

Gun Control Fight Goes To The Ground

The ground war over gun control after the Newtown, Conn. massacre has begun. Across the country, members of Congress are being hit with grassroots campaigns and ads aimed at pushing them to one side or the other in the current debate over gun violence.

On Friday, the remnants of President Obama’s reelection campaign will hold its first ‘Day Of Action’ since the November election, rallying its millions of supporters to join the call for gun control legislation at grassroots events nationwide. The group, Organizing For Action, is also putting ads online that will ‘target more than a dozen members of Congress’ who haven’t signed onto Obama’s gun control agenda, according to USA Today.

The article notes that to this point, most of the “post-Newtown gun control debate” has been at “presidential press events and Senate committee hearings.” Now, McMorris-Santoro writes, “it’s part of actual politicking.” The NRA is running its own full-page ads, aimed at members of Congress in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina and West Virginia.

In the past, this kind of saber-rattling by the NRA would likely scare moderate Democrats into submission on issues like universal background checks for firearms purchases, which polling shows the public supports but the NRA opposes.

This time around, though, gun control advocates and their allies say the ground fight favors them. ‘I believe the price to be paid politically will be to those who refuse to act, who refuse to step forward [on gun violence],’ Vice President Biden said Thursday. ‘Because America has changed on this issue.’

McMorris-Santoro writes of reports that in the Senate, “a bipartisan group of senators” is “close to deal on universal background checks.” But of course, there’s the usual GOP House members who oppose most everything that isn’t their idea. Some of them probably think it’s possible “Obama is Raising a Private Black Army to Massacre White Americans.”