Seems that the 2nd Civil Support Team of the Ohio National Guard is participating in an exercise where the perpetrators of a chemical attack are posited to be “Second Amendment supporters”. Media Trackers tells us the story.
Buckeye Firearms Association spokesman Chad Baus told Media Trackers that “it is a scary day indeed when law enforcement are being trained that Second Amendment advocates are the enemy,”
“The revelation of this information is appalling to me, and to all citizens of Ohio who are true conservatives and patriots, who don’t have guns for any other reason than that the Second Amendment gives them that right,” Portage County TEA Party Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said in a separate Media Trackers interview.
Not a new paradigm, of course. Law-abiding citizens who are political opponents of the Obama-Holder secular-progressive statist left have been considered enemies all along. Aside from the preposterous scenario, this is yet another of the Federal Government/Law Enforcement/Military leadership’s conditioning the American people to think of gun owners (and advocates of free speech, limited government, and due process) to be violent and unreasonable criminals, comprising threats that need to be dealt with in the harsh totalitarian measures so often favored by those far-left ideologues who despise our liberties so. Of note is that, when similar training involved positing an environmental advocacy group committing an act of terror or violence, the apologies were profuse, and immediate.
Before I get the same hackneyed arguments that “this is just a training exercise”, the same weak reasoning was used to explain away the following:
- The FBI report that white Veterans who believed in God, the Second Amendment, and limited government were a terrorist threat
- The change in language from “Islamic extremists” to “violent extremists” was mere semantics and not for the purpose of labeling political opposition in the same language as America’s enemies
- Increased militarization of police, including having them acquire heavy armored vehicles for use on American streets
- When Barack Obama referred to political opposition when he talked of “punishing our enemies”
- The Joint Staff College posited a training scenario with the enemy being Tea Party activists
There have been myriad other instances where elements of the government have acted against law-abiding citizens as if they were criminals and threats to security, while often ignoring those who are sworn enemies of this country.
“You want to have it as realistic as possible, but you don’t want to single out an issue as emotional as that,” Eliason said.
Of course, the quote above would never be uttered by any official regarding demonizing of gun owners and advocates of our Second Amendment liberties. Everyone knows that gun owners are evil. That is to say, gun owners that didn’t vote for you. Which is almost all of them.
It is telling that the spokesman for the Ohio National Guard was unwilling to talk. Law-abiding citizens who choose to exercise their Constitutional liberties and see themselves portrayed as violent terrorists are due an explanation for such an outrage.