From the House’s new impeachment caucus to the lone-wolf “lock and load” government resisters, Mother Jones is compiling the craziest of the right-wing reactions to President Obama’s gun-violence initiatives. Got more suggestions? Add them in the comments.
The Insurrection Caucus
Ted Nugent, troubadour
The bowhunting guitarist took to airwaves to declare war on “Eric gun-running Holder, Hillary no-security-for-Clinton, and Barack ACORN Obama, and all of these leftist minions,” exhorting listeners to stock up on holsters and AR-15s:
We want Eric Holder arrestedâ€¦We want Hillary Clinton arrested…We want to know where Barack Obama got the authority to spend like a drunken maniac and blowtorch all these tax dollars following the Cloward-Piven and Saul Alinsky playbook to destroy the last, best quality of life in the world and it’s called the United States of America. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Eric Holder are the enemy of the state.
James Yeager, Tactical Response CEO
After incorrectly assuming that President Obama was going to ban assault weapons by executive order, the tactical-weapons trainer vented on YouTube: “Fuck that. I’m telling you that if that happens it’s gonna spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot… I am not letting my country be ruled by a dictator, I’m not letting anybody take my guns. If it goes one inch further, I’m gonna start killing people.” Yeager has since had his gun-carry license yanked by the Tennessee Department of Safety.
In this heavy-metal infused video that interposes shots of Obama with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a self-described New Jersey police officer and Oathkeeper exhorts his fellow peace officers to disobey illegal orders: “There might be a time in the near future, for instance, if thisâ€¦ Feinstein bill gets through, and what if she doesn’t has the votes, and now it gets passed up to the president, and he signs it by executive fiat? What are you gonna do? It’s a law now. What are you gonna do?” Fortunately, since POTUS didn’t issue such an executive fiat, the issue is moot.
Stewart Rhodes, patriot
In a 1,747-word December manifesto, the Oathkeepers founder argued “that our semi-automatic, military pattern rifles are the single most important kind of arm we can own,” and pledged “to refuse compliance with any and all laws that attempt to strip me and my children of those arms, the full capacity magazines needed to load and fire them, or the parts and ammunition needed to keep them firing…We will not disarm, we will not comply, and we will resist.”
Alex Jones, truther
The enfant terrible of conspiracy theorists used great white sharks and hot spittle to warn CNN’s Piers Morgan that “1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms! It doesn’t matter how many lemmings you get out there in the street begging for them to have their guns taken. We will not relinquish them. Do you understand?”
Sheriff Tim Mueller, Linn County, Oregon
Mueller announced on his office’s Facebook page last Monday that he’d essentially seceded from the United States:
Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the President offending the constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Linn County Oregon.
At last check, his letter had nearly 47,000 “likes.”
THE Nullification caucus
A whole bunch of Texas state legislators
Republican state Reps. Steve Toth, John Ott, Jim Pitts, and Drew Darby are working on passing a Firearms Protection Act that would permit state authorities to imprison federal officials who try to enforce any new gun laws. Citing the state’s constitutional freedoms, Toth said, “It is our responsibility to push back when those laws are infringed by King Obama.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
The Senate’s No. 1 Randian announced on Fox Wednesday that he would introduce a bill to nullify “anything the president does that smacks of legislation.” “I’m against having a king. Having a monarch is what we fought the American revolution over,” Paul told CBN earlier in the week, “and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress, that’s someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch.”
The Impeachment caucus
Larry Pratt, lobbyist