Conspiracy theories of a government plot to disarm civilians have reached all the way to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). On the eve of President Obama’s second inauguration, McConnell sent an email to his supporters warning that gun owners were “literally surrounded” and should be prepared for an “all-out assault.”
Echoing other Republicans’ comparisons of Obama to various dictators, McConnell invoked a common conspiracy theory that Obama’s gun violence prevention plan is a tyrannical move to grab guns:
You and I are literally surrounded. The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights. On your freedom.
Just the other night, President Obama urged them to act. And then he went one step further, spelling out the 23 different Executive Orders he will take to get your guns.
My friend, our freedom is under direct assault.
From those who want take your guns. From those who want to shred our Constitution, and as our good in friend Rand Paul from Kentucky says, from those who want to be King.
Let me tell you, Mitch McConnell is ready to lead the fight to protect your rights. Will you stand with Mitch today?
Our Founders fought a revolution to secure our rights. They would have been appalled by what they heard from an American president the other day.
President Obama has the left wing media in a frenzy. And, like his old Chief of Staff, he is determined to not waste a crisis.
The gun-grabbers are in full battle mode. And they are serious.
In reality, Obama’s executive orders focus on providing more resources to law enforcement tracking guns used in crimes, bolstering mental health services, and strengthening background checks — a measure over 90 percent of the country supports. McConnell goes on to claim that even these uncontroversial background checks are a ruse to “gain every bureaucratic tool they need for full-scale confiscation.” Meanwhile, most gun owners aren’t buying into the conspiracy; a majority support responsible gun ownership, including bans on extended magazines and certain assault weapons.
McConnell is facing a re-election campaign next year with the lowest approval rating of any current Senate member.
(HT: Raw Story)