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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:50 PM

Right-wing extremists, conspiracy theorists behind Gun Appreciation Day [View all]

Source: MSNBC

The lead organizer of Gun Appreciation Day, gun-rights backers’ most prominent public effort to fight off gun-control legislation, helps run a group that warns of “armed government oppression” and a “world government.” Another group involved in the event stokes fear that “Barack Hussein Obama” will impose “martial law.” A third promotes a fringe constitutional theory beloved by the Tea Party, and a post on its website describes public schools as “progressive indoctrination camps.”

Gun Appreciation Day has received widespread media coverage since it was announced Monday. As Washington mulls tighter gun laws, the event aims to bring out gun owners to gun stores, gun shows, and firing ranges across the country, in an apparent effort to demonstrate broad, mainstream support for gun rights. Its website, which says it hopes to reach 50 million Americans, shows two well-groomed and smiling blonde women at a firing range. But several of the groups that are centrally involved traffic in some extremist conspiracy theories that are popular on the far-right fringes of the political debate.


But some of the “sponsors” listed on the event’s website (scroll down for a list of sponsors) appear motivated in part by the kind of outlandish and paranoid ideas often found among right-wing extremist groups.

One, the Social Security Institute, describes itself as a “nonpartisan seniors advocacy organization.” But its website offers warnings about “world government”—a bête noire of the extreme right, which fears that a government gun grab could lead to a U.N. takeover, often referred to in extremist circles as a “New World Order.” And SSI’s president, Lawrence Hunter, wrote recently that “[a] heavily armed citizenry is not about armed revolt; it is about defending oneself against armed government oppression.”

Read more: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/01/09/right-wing-extremists-conspiracy-theorists-behind-gun-appreciation-day/

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