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Continuing yesterday's blogging on the Pittsburgh cop killer.
Richard Andrew Poplawski was a young man convinced the nation was secretly controlled by a cabal that would eradicate freedom of speech, take away his guns and use the military to enslave the citizenry
"He was really into politics and really into the First and Second amendment. One thing he feared was he feared the gun ban because he thought that was going to take away peoples' right to defend themselves. He never spoke of going out to murder or to kill," said Edward Perkovic, who described himself as Mr. Poplawski's lifelong best friend.
Now, I wonder where Mr. Poplawski got the idea that the government wanted to take everyone's guns.
Could it be the president of the NRA?
Wayne LaPierre, president of the NRA, said this last November....
he thinks President-elect Barack Obama will “break his promise” to protect gun rights.
I wonder if the Pittsburgh cop killer got his ideas from talk radio.
Believing most media were covering up important events, Mr. Poplawski turned to a far-right conspiracy Web site run by Alex Jones, a self-described documentarian with roots going back to the extremist militia movement of the early 1990s.
THIS Alex Jones.....
The Fox emcee, Judge Napolitano, says this as he introduces his program, "Freedom Watch".....
"In this show, we talk about what the government has done to take your liberty and property away."
At 8 minutes in, "the great Alex Jones" hocks his new video, "The Obama Deception". According to Jones, the radio person who the Pittsburgh cop killer listened to regularly, President Obama is revealed in the video as being "controlled by the very banks that did the bailout". The video explains "what his (Obama's) program for gun confiscation is", "what his (Obama's) agenda is for forced national service", "what his (Obama's) agenda is to bankrupt this country and bring in total police state control."
Let's see....the Pittsburgh cop killer "feared the (non-existent) Obama gun ban that's on the way." The NRA president thinks Obama will "break his promise" to protect gun rights. The radio jock the cop killer listened to says Obama has a "program for gun confiscation."
3 days before Mr. Poplawski started killing Pittsburgh cops, The Pittsburgh Tribune printed a story about the boom in gun sales since the November election.
"Gun owners see a definite swing toward stricter gun laws, if not confiscation of firearms altogether," said Buddy Savage, owner of Braverman Arms on Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg. "His voting record is 100 percent anti-gun. That's where all of this is coming from. People are buying now while they can."
At Anthony Arms on Lebanon Church Road in West Mifflin, store clerk Leo Yacomelli said gun sales are up 25 percent.
For some customers, it's not whether Obama will enforce restrictions, it's when, Yacomelli said.
Listen at the one minute mark to what one of the Pittsburgh cop killers' neighbors said....
"One man who is disgruntled about President Obama wanting to take away his illegal weapon that he should not own. It's just so senseless."
What's really senseless is the phony propaganda from the right which, apparently, riled up the Pittsburgh cop killer in the first place.
But see?....it's the left wing socialists, armed with the obvious facts, who are "loony"...
And, of course, when you point out that certain individuals with all their talk about “revolution” and “armed insurrection” are inciting this kind of behavior in unstable people, you will get howls of protest about the 1st Amendment and what not. Sure, crazy people do crazy things. But that doesn’t make it responsible to encourage them, which is what a lot of really foolish people are doing right now for purely political reasons.
Obama isn't coming for anyone's guns. The NRA won that battle years ago and the Democrats have long since moved on. Yet the eliminationists carry on, whipping their readers and listeners into a frenzy of panic and fear, and as a result, four little girls (and a young woman) don't have dads tonight. And I fear today was just the beginning.
Conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan....
Many of us have worried that the heated, apocalyptic rhetoric of the anti-Obama forces might spill over at some point into violence in the hands of individuals prone to lashing out. We now have what seems to be a clear instance of that and three dead police officers. One wonders whether Fox News or the Second Amendment fanatics will chill it out a little. And then one realizes who we're talking about.
Finally, the six week old words of Eric Boehlert......
...it's obvious that faced with the new Obama presidency, the Republican Noise Machine has already lost all perspective -- has gone totally loco -- and it's only February
I suspect the unvarnished hate directed toward Obama, the radical rhetoric behind it, and most especially the overnight delivery used to proclaim it, is unprecedented for our modern politics.
And by enthusiastically endorsing Limbaugh and his crowd, Republicans must accept -- must take ownership of -- the radical hate speech that defines the Noise Machine.
This is the same "Noise Machine" that the Pittsburgh cop killer listened to and from which he based his conclusion that Obama and the Democrats, despite NO empirical evidence, were coming to take his guns.
Now three cops are dead.
The GOP Noise Machine frenzied-up Americans in 2002-2003, using the Bush-Cheney lies-and-fraud campaign as a backdrop, to spread the total falsehood that Iraq posed a dangerous threat to America. Over 4200 American soldiers are now dead because of those lies.
Now, the GOP Noise Machine, once again using totally false information about Obama's imminent confiscation of guns, has incited one of their listeners, one who believed the lies, to kill three Pittsburgh police officers.