The American Narrative
The Enemy Within?
- Revolutionary Language - NYTimes.com
Extremists make sensible gun control hard to discuss, let alone achieve.
- Alex Jones Gets Some Gun-Crazed Company -- MSNBC
'These are not normal pro-Second Amendment people,” said the Grio’s Joy Reid of Yeager and Jones on Hardball Friday. “This is basically the paranoiacs in American society being brought forward and made to speak for ordinary gun owners . . . . '
- Guns, Democracy and Freedom - Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
The National Rifle Association (NRA) sells everything from its political agenda to its merchandise with a simple equation: more guns equal more freedom.
The Wrong Bad Guy?
Years ago,in light of attacks by people who did not fit the media's sterotype of the Islamic radical, 60 Minutes did a piece on an idea called "The Narrative". There may be an American flavor of this as well.
Since 1917, and maybe ever earlier, there has been a notion that the America has an enemy within threatening to destroy it. That enemy has mainly been presented as being from the left; The Palmer Raids, McCarthyism, COINTELPRO, and now the way the "Occupy" movement has been presented. Now these fears seem to come up most often when groups start to agitate and mobilize.
But what if the real radicals and agitators are coming not from the left, but from the right. The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported a steady rise in far-right activity since 2008. And the actions of the NRA and its allies in the wake of the Newtown shooting seem to very often show what the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence calls "Insurrectionist" thinking.
What this is happening is not hard to explain. The right is seeing it power fade as its base ages and the United States becomes a more tolerant and diverse nation. They have in a sense hunkered down, relying on AM Radio and it cable news outlet to have their ideas reinforced. When those ideas are rejected, rather than re-examine their ideas, they see the system as failing, or as a failed system.
In a later hub, I plan to take a look at these "Insurrectionists", I just hope it doesn't take another Oklahoma City or a domestic verison of the Norway massacre to make people aware.