I am not trying to cause more anger in my threads (big part of that was mine, btw) over gun rights, but would like to at least place some of my fear in context. As I said in my most recent comment, I do not fear my fellow responsible Americans who own guns, and who secure them from their children and teach those same kids from the moment they can crawl to respect and even fear those guns.
I fear people who equate extending healthcare to Hitler. I fear people who can't even imagine that a black guy is their president. I fear people who believe that the end of the world is just around the corner.
Left to their keyboards and discussion groups, no big deal. But put them in an armed camp with a Glenn Beck urging them to secede from the country and we have a problem. And even the army recognizes that we have a threat from the right here in America. As I posted on Facebook this morning, I remember when McVeigh set off a bomb a few blocks from my wife, the immediate explanation was that it had to be Islamic terrorists. Even when we were looking for two white guys, that was the go-to explanation. Americans, it seemed, could not do this to us.
Except they did. And do. In the last 10 years, I can remember numerous examples of right wingers on the attack against other Americans. That has to be recognized here in the discussion about gun rights and gun control. And it has to be added to our discussion of the gun culture. When you combine paranoid and angry people (not necessarily mentally ill, btw) with easy access to guns that can kill a lot of people--and you have a problem.
I am not nuts to fear that. Nor am I ignoring the Constitution. And I am not equating those people with those of you who responsibly purchase and use guns. So please don't say that in the comments.