Friday, May 15, 2009

RNC Chair Steele Plays to the Fears of NRA Faithful

Per Think Progress:

Today, RNC Chairman Michael Steele spoke at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) “Celebration of American Values” Leadership Forum.

Steele…played to his NRA audience by fear-mongering that Democrats may take away Americans’ guns. He claimed that those guns are more necessary than ever since Guantanamo detainees may soon be in the United States and the public will have to defend itself:

It is ironic, to say the least, that at the same time Democrats in Congress are threatening to deny Americans their second amendment right to own a firearm and defend their families and homes, they are considering bringing terrorists like 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other Al Qaeda detainees to our communities once the President follows through on his campaign promise to close Guantanamo Bay.

There you go, genius.  Whip the faithful into a fear frenzy!  First, there is no threat of any kind to deny anybody their second amendment rights!  Second, closing Guantanamo Bay will not bring the inmates of that facility into “our communities.”  This notion that all the sudden KSM is going to be a neighbor just because they closed GITMO is so unbelievably ridiculous.  I’m more afraid of a pederast moving into my neighborhood because that’s more likely to happen than what’s being described here.

Have comfort in the fact that Steele has been caught in his very own flip-flop:

Just two years ago, Steele came out forcefully against assault weapons, saying that they were “overkill.” “If you want to talk about gun control, that’s where you need to start,” said Steele. “We’ve got 300 gun laws on the books right now. At the end of the day, it’s about how we enforce the law.” However, a few months ago he changed his mind and said that a ban on assault weapons was just the first step in the Obama administration’s plan “repeal the 2nd Amendment.”

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