Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Josh Horwitz on The Confederacy of Dunces (Traitors)

via The Huffington Post

I was reminded of America's "disloyal opposition" two weeks ago when my organization, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, received a disturbing tweet from a pro-gun activist in Illinois by the name of Kurt Hofmann. Hofmann, a former member of the Army's 319th Field Artillery Regiment, was disabled after a serious automobile accident in 2002 and is now confined to a wheelchair. Since January 2009, he has been blogging as the "St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner" with Examiner.com. In his tweet, Hofmann directed us to a blog he published there in March entitled, "Perhaps There's Something to the Claim that Guns Alone Cannot Rein in Government." 

In the piece, Hofmann pushes back against pundits who mock modern-day insurrectionists by pointing out that "against a military superpower such as the U.S. ...citizens with their private small arms would not stand a chance." For example, Hofmann quotes Jenna Myers Karvunidis, who opines, "If it just came down to a battle of arms between you and the government, you are not going to win that one. It would be like playing road chicken with a tank." Responding to these criticisms, Hofmann makes it clear that firearms are not the only weapon at the disposal of Americans who hate their government. "It cannot be denied that for some Constitutional militia applications, weapons heavier than those found in most gun safes would be very useful," he writes.
That's why I suggest that readers download Army Technical Manual 31-201, the Improvised Munitions Handbook. Other possibilities include Kitchen Improvised Explosives, Parts One and Two... The reality... is that the country is best served when oath-breaking public officials like [U.S. Senator Dianne] Feinstein are terrified of the wrath of the people. If knowledge of improvised explosives in the hands of every potential militiaman in the country helps foster that fear, so much the better.
Hofmann obviously forgot to read the Constitution, which states that the Militia's purpose is to "suppress Insurrections," not foment them.

It would be tempting to dismiss Hofmann as an aberration -- an isolated extremist with little ability to inspire actual acts of violence -- except for two important factors. The first is that Hofmann's disturbing call to use IEDs against American service members has been defended by a broad swath of the pro-gun movement. This includes statements of support from "The War on Guns" blogger David Codrea, "No Lawyers -- Only Guns and Money" blogger John Richardson, the pro-gun Calumet Foundation, "Gun Free Zone" blogger Miguel Gonzalez, "Guns Save Life" blogger John Boch, "Days of Our Trailers" blogger Roy Kubicek (AKA "Thirdpower"), "Shall Not Be Questioned" blogger/NRA election volunteer coordinator Keith Milligan (AKA "Sebastian," "SnowflakesInHell") and "Of Arms & the Law" blogger David Hardy, among others.


  1. More attempts by the anti-gun coalition to silence their critics. Won't work.

  2. I'm offended that Josh Horror didn't mention me. More work to do... More work to do...

  3. I think Horrorwitz didn't read the Constitution either.

    The importance of this article will scarcely be doubted by any persons, who have duly reflected upon the subject. The militia is the natural defence of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large military establishments and standing armies in time of peace, both from the enormous expenses, with which they are attended, and the facile means, which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers, to subvert the government, or trample upon the rights of the people. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

  4. It seems to me I read that our very own bad dog Bannerman, a/k/a Pooch, reported or threatened to report this wheel-chair bound guy to Homeland Security or the FBI.

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  5. MikeB wrote, "Hofmann obviously forgot to read the Constitution, which states that the Militia's purpose is to "suppress Insurrections," not foment them."

    I agree that one of the primary purposes of a militia is to suppress insurrections. It doesn't matter who the insurrectionists are -- whether a gang (however small or large) of two-bit thugs or government employees.

    Our United States Constitution (which includes the Bill of Rights) is the supreme law of the land. Government employees who purposely and repeatedly violate the Constitution and laws passed in pursuit thereof are insurrectionists. Why should should anyone treat them any differently than a rapist? In fact I would argue that government employees should receive a higher level of scrutiny and even more harsh treatment since their offenses affect anywhere from thousands to millions of citizens.

    1. Didn't you notice that I attributed that lengthy quote to the Huffington Post. I didn't say that, they did.

      Are you a member of the Confederacy, Anonymous?

  6. Hofmann, a former member of the Army's 319th Field Artillery Regiment . . .

    That's 319th Airborne Field Artillery, Horwitz. If you're going to spout libelous lies about me, at least give me my due.

    Oh, and Mike--"dunces?" "Traitors?" I thought name-calling was against your rules.

    Silly me--I forgot that hypocrisy is most assuredly not against your rules.

    1. Kurt, I thought you were smarter than that. I only deleted one of your messages and that was the one with several people's last names in it. Your extremely vile namecalling has always been published.

      My policy is when it becomes excessive in my opinion I ask the offender commenter to tone it down, like I did with you.

      Nice try to pin the "hypocrisy" tag on my, but you failed.

  7. . . . but you failed.

    Hahahahahaha!!! Coming from you, of all mammals (nominally), that's absolutely precious.

  8. If I may be forgiven for a bit of self-promotion, I am proud to announce that CSGV has generously bestowed upon me their highest honor, by including me in their "Insurrectionism Timeline."

    Despised by the despicable--I think it might be even better than being admired by the admirable.