The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is, as a group, a fervent believer in blind trust in, and absolute obedience to, the government. CSGV actually takes this extreme position to the "extremely extreme" of claiming that there can be no right to armed resistance against even a government that begins rounding up citizens, based on ethnicity, religion, etc., and herding them onto cattle cars to be dumped into concentration camps--as long as "due process" is followed. CSGV claims a government "right" to political violence against the citizenry, and even the use of nuclear weapons against the people.
CSGV has gone so far as to accuse people of the capital crime of treason, merely for acknowledging that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect the people's right to the means of casting down a tyrannical government.
That being the case, CSGV might be the last group one would expect to criticize others for not sounding the alarm about the federal government quietly buying up hundreds of millions (or billions) of rounds of ammunition (and belatedly trying to hide it), as if in preparation for a war against the American people.
Normally, one would be correct in that assumption, but when it's the NRA that is not raising objections to the government's vast ammo shopping spree, CSGV executive director Josh Horwitz attempts to paint that in a sinister light. From the Huffington Post:
The NRA remained conspicuously silent about these theories until August 17, 2012, when their legislative arm released a statement that quoted a press release from U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) which explained, "If you take the number of agencies that will be using this ammunition--CBP, Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ICE, the U.S. Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, the DHS police force, and all the guards that protect the various buildings these agencies are housed in, and spread that out over 5 years, you start to see that 450 million rounds really isn't that large of an order."
Horwitz contrasts the NRA's lack of concern about the government's massive ammo purchases with the fact that the NRA has sounded alarms about other chilling government moves:
After all, the NRA has been recruiting members and raising money with such absurd fantasies for years: The "mass confiscation" of privately-held firearms after Hurricane Katrina . . .
. . . the United Nations Small Arms Treaty "threaten[ing] individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme . . . "
. . . ATF's botched "Fast and Furious" operation a secret plan by President Obama to enact tougher gun laws . . .
. . . the notion that universal background check legislation requires a national database of gun owners, etc.
This administration's National Institute of Justice has itself acknowledged that such draconian measures would accomplish little or nothing toward "gun violence" reduction, without the still more draconian implementation of precisely such a database.
Horwitz also claims that the NRA has otherwise "never met an anti-government conspiracy theory it didn't like," as if concerns about the ammo buys are the first "conspiracy theory" that the NRA has not endorsed. That's odd--am I the only who hasn't heard Wayne LaPierre expounding on 9/11 "truther" theories, or urging us to protect ourselves from "chemtrails"?
The NRA has never been "anti-government," and indeed has a great many members who are in the military and law enforcement (and, for that matter, elected government officials). The NRA is also far from alone in not being particularly concerned about the government's sudden passion for ammunition. Some of us disagree with that lack of concern--does that mean CSGV agrees with us?
None of that, though, would fit in with CSGV's/Horwitz's fantasy of gun rights advocacy being motivated by "gun industry profit," rather than protection of the palladium of liberty. Poor CSGV--the truth continues to just not cooperate.
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