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Thu Nov 11, 2021, 11:36 AM Nov 2021

Prepare for the Shock Troops [View all]


“When can we use the guns?” The question hung in the air just long enough for some in the crowd to begin cheering. “That’s not a joke,” the man added. ”How many elections are they gonna steal before we kill these people?”

The question, posed on October 25 during Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA event in Idaho, made it clear that this man, and others like him, are hoping for a signal.

I’ve met men like this before. I worked in the firearms industry as a sales executive for a long time and beginning during the Obama presidency, gun business leaders like me, who helped build the nation’s top gun companies, noticed this disturbing chatter from gun owners at firearms trade shows. Many in the industry dismissed these threats. I didn’t. And now we hear them from gun owners across the country who dream of deploying their arsenals to kill fellow citizens.

It’s tempting to wish these people away. It’s a big country and there will always be malcontents and criminals. If you wanted to see the glass as half full, you could say that Charlie Kirk denounced the call to violence. Though to be honest, Kirk’s disavowal didn’t inspire much confidence. He rejected the call to murder not because it was wrong but because it would “play into all their plans”—you can guess who “they” are here. And Kirk then qualified this by saying that “we must exhaust every single peaceful means possible”—which sure seems to leave open the question of what to do after all of the peaceful means have been exhausted.


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Prepare for the Shock Troops [View all] Nevilledog Nov 2021 OP
... if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone ... - Michael Corleone Jim__ Nov 2021 #1
Knew the quote, but now new dimensions of the quote are added as time goes by. empedocles Nov 2021 #3
This message was self-deleted by its author empedocles Nov 2021 #4
will some on the left start killing the militia assholes lapfog_1 Nov 2021 #2
If the paramedic had shot Kyle, it would've been celebrated as stopping an active shooter NullTuples Nov 2021 #18
True! The shock troops are eager! Bobstandard Nov 2021 #5
Yes, that is horrifying PatSeg Nov 2021 #6
Let us remember when the Bundy's were in stand off with the Feds... Bluethroughu Nov 2021 #7
They are ready. And the coded signal will come from the Don. When he gets indicted is my predict. Evolve Dammit Nov 2021 #14
True story AverageOldGuy Nov 2021 #21
Well played, sir, well played. And thank you for your service. LastLiberal in PalmSprings Nov 2021 #23
Entire article worth reading Wild blueberry Nov 2021 #8
There's a huge contingent of RWNJs in this country waiting for KS Toronado Nov 2021 #9
If the right wing nutjobs Elessar Zappa Nov 2021 #10
Exactly. murielm99 Nov 2021 #11
I bought guns John Ludi Nov 2021 #24
I appreciate The Bulwark these days for the evaluations of thoughtful Hortensis Nov 2021 #12
And they are congregating... 2naSalit Nov 2021 #13
They truly want bloodshed. And a lot of it. I am concerned most liberal Americans are asleep after Evolve Dammit Nov 2021 #17
Almost all is just hot air, the real threat is in the Repug legislatures. Jon King Nov 2021 #15
They fantasize about using their 2A joysticks Martin Eden Nov 2021 #16
God. MrHmm Nov 2021 #19
Want to know something scarier than shock troops? gab13by13 Nov 2021 #20
Sturmabteilung (SA) moondust Nov 2021 #22
Maybe Democrats should run on "Hey look over there! A mob of Carlitos Brigante Nov 2021 #25
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