taking guns away? only the folks who believe in black helicopters truly buy into that..
umberto eco once wrote a pretty good check list of what is fascist, not name calling but naming what it is http://tinyurl.com/h36nc7h
- strength: facists love big displays of power, a fetish for weapons, tough talk
- anti-intellectualism: a rejection of serious thinking or introspection, as if it is a form of emasculation or degeneration
- eternal war: there is always a threat to be physically conquered, a justification for violence
- conspiracy: any form of dissent is treason, serious threats emanate from outsiders or foreigners, always a secret plot in motion, often an international one
- reactionary: modernity is something to be rejected as alien; enlightenment is seen as depravity
- humiliation: there is some shame inflicted on society, another justification to lash out at ones enemies
sound familiar? the supposed u.n. plot to take away guns and enslave the world, america is weak/let's make america great again, the war on immigrants, rejection of equal rights, the adoration of guns in this country, just about anything out of donald trump's mouth qualifies. eco had the definition of fascism down pretty good, so it's a carefully assembled term, not sloppy thinking at all.
nice to call someone a marxist but are there any true marxist states left in the world? that's really outdated vocabulary. just about all of the former communist states are now pretty much dictatorships. the most pure communist state is probably north korea and absolutely nobody wants to emulate them. what most people want is common sense gun reform; make sure that people have protection for their homes but not enough to wage a war or launch a killing spree, make sure that guns are used responsibly. are the bundys acting responsibly in nevada and oregon? what about sandy hook? those acts are indefensible, unless you are the nra.
no hidden agenda, i am airing the facts. people have a right to walk down the street without getting shot. do you think it is acceptable to have innocent people shot, is that a measure of a fair and just society? since 9/11 well under 4,000 americans died from terrorism but in the same time span we lost over 400,000 to gun violence. i think we all agree that terrorism is horrible, but gun violence results in over 100X more fatalities, so who is exaggerating? the facts are the facts. should we accept this much loss of life and liberty to have unfettered and unregulated observance of the 2nd amendment? you would need 80 madison square gardens to fit all of those dead...