Citizens should be able to trust their government. They shouldn’t have to question the government’s call for limiting access to guns for those who pose a serious threat.
It seems like common sense.
If an individual sincerely poses a threat, it truly makes sense to limit that person’s access to lethal firearms.
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.
How is the threat identified? How is the level of threat quantified? Who determines what poses a threat? What is the threat criteria? Have we identified the real threats in our world today?
More specifically, who does our government identify as a potential threat?
After the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, more and more people are waking up to the reality of the Islamic extremism threat.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson even declared that, due to the seriousness of homegrown terrorist threats, gun control is now part and parcel to homeland security. See below.
In effect, his comments echoed President Obama’s comments less than two weeks earlier.
Again, the concept of controlling access to guns for people who pose a serious threat sounds prudent…even laudable…if the government intends to protect its citizens.
Unfortunately, many citizens are skeptical of any steps toward gun control, because they simply don’t trust their government is acting in good faith.
As reported by the Daily Caller, DHS Secretary Johnson, confirms the notion that right-wing extremists pose just as much of a threat to the country as Islamic extremists.
The DHS mindset is confirmed by transcripts of comments by DHS Deputy Secretary Mayorkas:
“Finally, we are concerned about domestic terrorism in the form of a “lone wolf” which can include various aspects of domestic terrorism such as right-wing extremism. We devote substantial efforts to the study and understand of these threats and will continue to further our understanding of the underpinnings of terrorist threats of all forms.”
When it appears right-wing extremists are “part and parcel” of the intended targets for DHS, skepticism regarding the government’s agenda concerning gun control is warranted.
It becomes imperative for conservatives to be vigilant concerning gun control given the government’s definition of right-wing extremist from its Rightwing Extremism report, dated April 7, 2009.
“Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religions, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”