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Gun Control Schemes Fuel Rise in Anti-Government Sentiment

President Obama’s push for tighter gun control legislation in the wake of the Newtown school shootings has led to an increase in anti-government rhetoric that parallels the rise of militia groups in the early 1990s, according to experts.

“The response to Obama’s talking about gun control has been enormous,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks domestic extremist groups.

Potok sees parallels between the political discourse today over gun control, and a period in 1993 and 1994 when militia groups began forming after shootouts between federal officers and extremists at Ruby Ridge, Idaho and Waco, Texas.

“There’s been a huge amount of rage and it’s been at enormous volume. It’s come from state legislators, county sheriffs and even congressmen,” Potok said. “A lot is coming from the militia groups where the rage is white hot.”

Source: Discovery. Read full article. (link)

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  • Professional Target||

    Shocked! Who could have seen this coming?

    They'll pry my guns from my their cold, dead fingers. OK, maybe not, but it's a good line. They'll have fun searching a good part of the state to find anything they ban. And they would find them one at a time.

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    "an increase in anti-government rhetoric that parallels the rise of militia groups in the early 1990s"?

    ok, i get it. there's been no increase in principled anti-government sentiment among fanatical flagwavers and militarists but instead merely an increase of hot air, ranting, and raving.