Whenever Larry Pratt of the deranged Gun Owners of America, the group that thinks the NRA are a bunch of weak-kneed appeasers, goes on Alex Jones’ show, you know you’re going to get a paranoiapalooza. Like wingnuts have been claiming for decades, we’re always on the verge of the government using the military to destroy their political enemies.
Jones asked Pratt about a Washington Times report about a 2010 Pentagon directive — an update to a series of similar directives crafted under previous administrations — outlining how and when the military can use force to quell domestic unrest “in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the president is impossible.”
Jones, of course, read this to mean that it is “official and has been confirmed” that the military is “training with tanks, armored vehicles, drones” to “take on the American people, mainly the Tea Party.”
“Well, he’s certainly not thinking that Muslims are a threat,” responded Pratt, “so he’s turning to his political opponents, declaring that they’re the enemy and ignoring the fact that Muslims from time to time have a tendency to go ‘boom.’”
Pratt then cited the 2009 DHS report to claim that the Obama administration has “fingered veterans as potential terrorists, people who believe in the Second Amendment, who are pro-life, who want to work for limited government.”
“I guess the idea of limited government really would terrorize a socialist,” he said, adding, “The enemy is freedom and they really are doing what they can to extinguish it.”
But the reality is that gun fetishists, anti-abortionists and those who say the kind of things people like Jones and Pratt say about the evil government out to destroy them have committed more terrorist acts in the United States than Muslim terrorists have ever done. They’ve blown up abortion clinics, murdered doctors, bombed government buildings, gone on shooting sprees, killed police officers, blown up synagogues and mosques. There’s a reason why the government focuses on right-wing extremism — it’s damn dangerous.