Fox News, GOP media now warn of bloodshed if Democrats win in 2020

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That’s one way to try halt public debate in this country: by threatening mass violence and a bloody people’s revolt in the streets. That’s what conservative media voices, including those on Fox News, have done in recent days. Specifically, the reckless rhetoric has revolved around proposed new gun laws in the wake of America’s latest string of mass shootings. Those are laws that would likely only be enacted if Democrats won the Senate and the White House in 2020.

If you take “people’s guns away from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence,” The View’s Meghan McCain announced. “What you are calling for is civil war,” warned Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “What you are calling for is an incitement to violence.” And that was just a sampling of the right-wing media hysteria last week.

These kinds of alerts about looming political violence, if the opposition party wins power and passes laws in a democratic fashion, represent the worst type of far-right insurrectionism. It’s an ominous and long-held belief among conservatives and conservative media outlets that citizens need to be fully armed in order to one-day wage war on the American government, as a kind of second American civil war. In other words, the reason the Second Amendment exists is not for self-defense, or to protect the rights of hunters and gun enthusiasts, but to enable citizens to go to war with the U.S. government, and to fend off a “tyrannical” turn at home.

The core philosophy of the Three Percenter movement, whose adherents have engaged in violence, is that citizens would be justified in taking up arms to violently overthrow the government if the government enacted stronger gun regulations,” Media Matters recently noted.

The movement spiked with the election of President Barack Obama. In 2009, a far-right Newsmax columnist determined that a “military coup ” to resolve the ‘Obama problem'” was not “unrealistic.” That was about the same time Glenn Beck used his then-new program on Fox News to game out bloody scenarios for the coming civil war against the Obama-led tyranny. Note that the armed rebellion rhetoric was uncorked just weeks after Obama’s first Cabinet had been confirmed.

During the gun debate that unfolded following the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, Fox’s Todd Starnes warned there would “a revolution” if the government tries to “confiscate our guns,” while Fox News Pat Caddell claimed the country was in a “pre-revolutionary condition,” and “on the verge of an explosion.”

Specifically, when a Democrat was in the White House, typically gun-happy Fox News warned that the federal government had too many guns. In 2015, when it was reported that the Environmental Protection Agency law enforcement had a sizeable budget for weapons, conservative pundits freaked out, portraying the government as needlessly armed. Why in the world, other than those dangerous snail darters, would the EPA need military grade weapons to protect the environment?” demanded Carlson on Fox News. “You arm yourself because you perceive you have enemies who threaten you, whom you don’t trust. When the government arms itself domestically, not to fight foreign wars or ISIS, but here in the U.S., it’s sending the message it doesn’t trust its citizens,” he insisted. (Truth: EPA law enforcement, like all branches of law enforcement, has to be prepared for possible physical, and even armed, confrontations.)

Now, with the prospect of Democrats seizing power and passing new gun laws coming into possible focus, the radical calls for rebellion are back. Expect to see more of these bloody warnings in coming months if, as the 2020 election season unfolds, it becomes clear Trump won’t be re-elected next year.

The latest round of chilling right-wing media chatter of pending violence was prompted by comments made by Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, who is advocating a mandatory buyback program to rid the country of assault weapons. “Americans who own AR-15s and AK-47s will have to sell them to the government,” O’Rourke proposed. Context: Those are the type of weapons that were banned in the United States following the passage of the 1994 Crime Bill under President Bill Clinton. (The guns were reinstated when President George W. Bush allowed the ban to expire.)

That debate about eliminating assault weapons from our streets then set off a rash of warnings about pending bloodshed. Washington Examiner executive editor Seth Mandel defended statements McCain and Carlson made, tweeting that “it’s not justifying or threatening an insurrection to predict” that a mandatory gun buyback program “is likely to go badly.” Townhall’s Kurt Schlichter asked, “How many deaths” is O’Rourke “willing to accept to achieve disarming the citizenry?” Appearing on Fox News, professional wrestler Tyrus was invited to pontificate about guns: “If my military has it, if my government has it, and we get into a situation with all this division and supposed one-side will take over. I don’t want to be in the Venezuela situation, to where I can’t form a militia and protect myself.” And right-wing radio show host Erick Erickson warned that friends of his who keep AR-15s buried in the ground will likely resort to violence against the government.

The sinister, desperate threats of bloodshed come as the public opinion pendulum continues to swing away from the NRA and its radical gun defenders. Last Thursday alone saw three enormous retail chains, CVS, Walgreens, and Wegmans, alter their store policies to discourage customers from carrying guns. Those announcements came in the wake of the big news that Walmart, America’s largest retail chain, stated it would stop selling ammunition used for handguns and military-style weapons, completely end the sale of handguns, and discourage anyone from carrying weapons in its stores.

Many major retailers that previously refused to take a stand on the issue of guns in their stores are now stepping up, and this highlights the momentum on the side of gun safety advocates. The tide is turning in this country, so radical holdouts at Fox News turn to threats of violence.

 

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Johnnie Dorman
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Johnnie Dorman

Sore losers always make threats. They weren’t for national background check system, so they have no one else to blame but themselves for the banning of assault style rifles that house thirty or more rounds per magazine.

John R. Frain
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John R. Frain

So,in essence,Carlson is saying that the police shouldn’t be armed?What a moron.

DHG
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So be it, they will find out that one of the narratives they hear is totally bogus and that is that the left will defend self and has weapons just like they do. Bunch of bullies anyway when push comes to shove the majority of them would do nothing.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

…Trump , is the biggest coward of all . And his fellow travelers don’t get it .
Observe the .Legions of his followers , that he’s thrown under the bus , and suffered the infamous,
…. Death By Trump !

Gunther
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Gunther

Oh please… bunch of morons. The few trumpers there are in my town are so stupid, fat and out of shape, i PRAY they wanna’ start some shit.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
… There has been (blood shedding )for years because of people like Trump, Hitler, Stalin, etc . …And no doubt will be again . Democracy has had to fight for hundreds of years , to prevail, and it will again . …We lovers of Democracy have never wavered in the face of a fight . And we are ready to fight again . …Freedom over slavery, the right to vote over poll tax, and the people that voted the Evil Trump onto office because (they think he represented ) them , realize it’s temporary only , will see the truth… Read more »
Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Nobody gives a fu*k about the GOP, Fox or their supporters. Trump might think his bullying scares somebody, and it may with Fox. But rest of us will just say be froggy and take a leap.

David
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David

Let’s find out who among them is issuing these threats. We need their names, their responsibilities, etc. Then the FBI must get involved.

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

Typical Fox fear mongering nonsense. That’s all they do. The Russians are coming, The Mexicans are coming. The Hondurans are coming. The Government is coming to TAKE YOUR GUNS OMG OMG BE AFRAID VERY AFRAID.!! CIVIL WAR !!! Half of these losers would need permission from their mommy to stay out late & the rest couldn’t march their beer guts from home to the local 7-11 much less fight to take back the Govt. Take it back where? Do they think they’re the only ones that are armed? Idiots.

Independent
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Independent
It is a small man who needs a big weapon. However, I have to disagree that these folks are foolish beer soaked people. I know from experience as an insurance claim specialist, they have very strong communities where they are known to have several weapons on their bodies. They are people with strong beliefs in what they are doing and will fight to protect what they consider their rights. Don’t we all? Instead of ignoring the situation that no one will win lets try to work through it. No one wants lunatics killing our babies. We all want to be… Read more »
dennismd
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dennismd

We need not only eradicate tRump from the Oval Office, we need to take this opportunity to start to rid the country of the GOP… (Greedy Old Pricks) after they’ve enabled a tyrant to nearly destroy the Republic! It will take more than a two term Democrat in the White House to clean up the mess these soulless, fascists have managed to, and continue to add upon with every passing day!