The statistics are fascinating.
According to the F.B.I., there have been 1.2 million more requests for background checks of potential gun buyers from November to February than there were in the same four months last year. That’s 5.5 million requests altogether over that period.
One concern is that the same talk on the part of the conserviative pundits which inspires these unprecedented gun purchases, might inspire the Timothy McVeigh types to take drastic action. This we've discussed before during the time of the Tenessee shooting. Jim Adkisson's chilling manifesto provided concrete evidence of what the conservative rhetoric can lead to.
The following video which was linked in the NYT article brings up some interesting points.
Do you think it's inciteful and irresponsible for Glenn Beck to discuss things like FEMA consentration camps? What do you think about Bill Maher's point that we live in a free-speech country where people can say what they like, but this is still irresponsible talk?
Do you think FOX News runs these programs as a smokescreen to deflect attention from the real issues? What about the idea that many of these conservatives, starting with Rupert Murdock himself, are just in it for the money, that they'd change sides to make more? Is that a fair description of the right?
What are your thoughts?