I'll post the Wiki link on militias here again, for everyone's edification:
Just so there's no confusion here, the US milita movement is a relatively new thing that bears little or no resemblance to militias of the distant past. The modern ilk tend to be the purview of white racist extremist nutters.
A salient point here is that militias exist because of perceived
threats. Not actual
threats, not imminent
threats but perceived
threats. There is simply no getting around the fact that this smacks of paranoia and conspiracy theories, not reality.
There is strong representation within such organisations from the NeoCon movement, the extreme right-wing, various right-wing Christian nutter factions, and a representative sampling of Republicans. Another salient point is that all of the aforementioned harbour a disproportionately high percentage of the mentally ill. This is not opinion- this is a matter of public record, easily verified if you feel like doing a search yourself. The further people are to the right, the less mentally stable they are. Those in the extreme right camp tend to be especially susceptible to conspiracy theories and paranoia.
These people also tend to own the most firearms and assault weapons, including illegal toys such as shoulder-launched anti-aircraft weapons, bazookas, anti-aircraft guns, grenades, and various explosive devices. And this is precisely
the reason that these people should be disarmed, their organisations banned, and handguns and assault weapons made illegal. They can't be trusted.
them smacks of the same type of arguments you hear where bikers are concerned. "Oh, they're just guys who like riding Harleys! Look at all the good things they do, like the Teddy Bear Run!" And it is true that a good many law-abiding hangers-on populate their memberships. However, the true reason they're allowed to join is that their presence obfuscates the truth, that bikers gangs at their core are branches of organised crime. If this were the Middle East, the hangers-on would serve as human shields in times of conflict, and as "civilians who just happened to get caught in the middle".
The reason law-abiding citizens join biker gangs is the very same reason guys own assault weapons. It's a macho-man testosterone thing, being loutishly provocative. Vroom, vroom! Big noise! Bang-bang! See what a big noise I can make with a potentially dangerous thing? Hyuck, hyuck, hyuck.
As I said of guns before (not referring to target, sport and hunting rifles here): it they weren't provocative, no one would be interested in them.
Edited by gsmonks, 22 January 2013 - 03:40 PM.
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