With Congress looking at a deal that would extend the background checks required to purchase guns at a regular store to other gun transfers, the right wing has a new loony meme: Christian are going to be banned from buying guns! Tony Perkins offered his version of that idiotic claim on his radio show:
I’m very concerned about this measure; I am concerned about where it may go once it gets to the Senate floor and what might happen in the House. This idea of background checks is very concerning given the fact that the United States military has been increasingly showing hostility toward evangelicals and Catholics as being somehow threats to national security and people that need to be watched. Well, what does that have to do with gun control? Well, what happens if all the sudden you are identified as an evangelical, bible-believing fundamentalist and the government decides you’ve got to be put on a watch list? Part of the provisions of this background check is kind of a system where if a caution comes up when they put your name in, you don’t get a chance to buy a gun.
The incredible thing to me has always been that no matter how many times the same people make almost identical claims of impending persecution that never come true, they never lose their credibility with their followers. And they never stop and think maybe, since they’ve been wrong about every single one of them, maybe they shouldn’t make such absurd predictions the next time. But the reality is that Perkins is just a grifter and this is his scam, to scare the hell out of his ignorant and credulous followers to keep the money flowing in.
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