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Insurrectionism

After Dallas and Baton Rouge, Will GOP Finally End its Lethal Embrace of Insurrectionism?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The modern GOP has endorsed a culture in which dissatisfaction is justification for murder. If this is truly what they believe, they must answer to the families of those slaughtered by armed insurrectionists.

The NRA Goes Full Insurrectionist

Josh Horwitz | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Now that the NRA is embracing those who are openly fantasizing about shooting and killing Democrats, will some of those high profile supporters begin to distance themselves from the organization and its toxic ideology? Probably not, given the media's lack of attention to the group's latest threat.

Baltimore and Grants Pass: A Tale of Two Uprisings

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Can you imagine what would happen if angry young men of color spouting insurrectionist rhetoric gathered outside a government building with handguns and assault rifles and prevented officials from doing their job?

Texas Open-Carry Movement Turning to Terrorism

Josh Horwitz | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Typically, pro-gun activists are coy when confronted about their perverted belief that the Second Amendment provides an individual right to shoot and kill government officials in response to perceived "tyranny." But last week, a threat that is so often implicit was made perfectly explicit by a leader in Texas' open-carry movement.

Texas House Lawmakers Push the Panic Button

Josh Horwitz | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Violence here is no longer theoretical, and weak Texas gun laws are giving it every chance to happen.

In Wake of Las Vegas Killings, It's Time to Tread on Insurrectionists

Josh Horwitz | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The Millers' involvement in Bunkerville should be a glaring red flag to every American who cares about the democratic principles of government established by our Constitution. It should also be a wake-up call to our government.

Is Cliven Bundy the New NRA Poster Child?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The armed gathering of pro-gun activists, anti-government groups and right-wing-politicians at Bundy's ranch did not happen in a political vacuum.

NRA, Pro-Gun Movement, Are Major Source of TSA Animus

Josh Horwitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The NRA, of course, has taken the lead in advancing the twisted idea that the Second Amendment protects to the rights of individuals to go to war with their own government.

The Conspiracy Theory the NRA Hates

Josh Horwitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Insurrectionist rhetoric might work well in marketing firearms to civilians on the far right wing of American politics. But with police chiefs and generals? Not so much.

The Town the Militia Took Over

Josh Horwitz | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre once famously told a CPAC gathering that "the guys with the guns make the rules." In the town of Gilberton, Pennsylvania, he might have finally found the perfect test case for his insane vision of America.

The NRA's Perverted View of America

Josh Horwitz | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The NRA didn't just throw down the gauntlet to our government in Houston. It also articulated a vision of America and its ideals that is the antithesis of what our Founders intended, and which would mean the absolution of our Constitution.

Boston Seen as Roadmap for 'Second Amendment Remedies' Crowd

Josh Horwitz | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

National tragedies like the Boston bombing are moments when all segments of American society come together to emphasize the values that we hold in common. The notion that some would see this instead as an opportunity to divide us -- to foment a civil war -- is deeply disturbing.

NRA Sheriff Organizing Campaign to Take Down Federal Government

Josh Horwitz | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Let us not embolden extremists by shrinking from a debate about the supremacy of federal law and the government's role in vindicating and protecting individual rights. Out of this terrible tragedy in Newtown arises the potential to recommit to the pillars of democracy in our Constitution.

In Wake of Newtown, It's Time for America to Meet the NRA

Josh Horwitz | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

As pundits cover the obstructionism and handwringing of high-profile NRA executives like David Keene, it's important to take a look at lesser-known NRA leaders and understand just how far to the fringe the organization has moved in recent decades.

On Eve of Election, Pro-Gunners Suggest Building IEDs for War With U.S. Government

Josh Horwitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

As a nation, we decry al Qaeda as terrorists for using improvised explosive devices to kill and disfigure the brave men and women in our armed forces. It is both horrific and unspeakable to see pro-gun activists advocating the same type of violence on our own soil.

Will the Guys with the [Printed] Guns Make the Rules?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 12.10.2012 | Technology
Josh Horwitz

The Wiki Weapon project is not the work of a dispassionate techie seeking to push the outer limits of modern technology. Instead it is a blatant, undisguised attempt to radically alter our system of government.

Oh Ye of Little Faith: The Pro-Gun Movement's Total Disregard for Our Constitution

Josh Horwitz | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Pro-gun leaders like NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre would have us believe that "the guys with the guns make the rules" in our democracy. But nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, our Founders ratified the Constitution to obviate the need for political violence.

When Buying a Gun Becomes Easier Than Voting

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Does anyone seriously believe that the vision of our Founders was that guys who carry a gun on their hips 24/7 are "super-citizens" with greater political rights than senior citizens, minorities, the impoverished?

NRA Get Out the Vote Campaign Features Proponents of Political Violence

Josh Horwitz | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

There's nothing more American than a voter registration campaign. "Trigger the Vote," however, is marred by the violent and insurrectionist rhetoric spokespersons Ted Nugent, R. Lee Ermey and Chuck Norris have trumpeted since the election of President Obama in 2008.

Speaking of "Fast and Furious": NRA Leaders Well-Versed in Fomenting Foreign Conflicts

Josh Horwitz | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The NRA's sudden concern about the illegal trafficking of guns to dangerous people couldn't be more hypocritical. It turns out the NRA knows quite a bit about "wacked-out-schemes" that allow "evil people" to hurt "innocent citizens" in foreign countries.

Who You Callin' a Nazi?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

I was sitting around Sunday night with the family and some friends enjoying a meal when an anonymous caller rang my cell phone. I answered and a man ...

A Champion of Federal Power

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Horwitz

This ideological dichotomy in our body politic has become the defining feature of the upcoming November elections, and it was put on full display this past Saturday at two mass rallies in our nation's capitol.

What Do the Second Amendment Rallies Tell Us About the Gun Rights Movement?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

There is now a segment within the gun rights community that is hostile to all progressive interests and believes it has a right to use firearms to counter the results of our democratic process.

"Second Amendment Remedies"

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Republicans have two options: Denounce the ridiculous idea that there are "Second Amendment remedies" to questions of policy, or own up to their role as co-conspirators in the rising level of insurrectionist violence we see in our country.

What is the "Message" Behind Increased Gun Sales?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, thinks Americans are stockpiling handguns, assault weapons and ammunition because they are going to be "attacked by politicians"?