We must not fall for the fear tactic of GOP fanatics resorting to violence when Progressives win in 2020. America is still a country of laws and most of this is just an attempt at voter suppression.
Fox News, GOP media now warn of bloodshed if Democrats win in 2020
That's one way to try halt public debate in this country: by threatening mass violence and a bloody people's revolt in the streets. That's what conservative media voices, including those on Fox News, have done in recent days. Specifically, the reckless rhetoric has revolved around proposed new gun laws in the wake of America's latest string of mass shootings. Those are laws that would likely only be enacted if Democrats won the Senate and the White House in 2020.If you take “people’s guns away from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence," The View’s Meghan McCain announced. "What you are calling for is civil war,” warned Fox News' Tucker Carlson. “What you are calling for is an incitement to violence." And that was just a sampling of the right-wing media hysteria last week.
These kinds of alerts about looming political violence if the opposition party wins power and passes laws in a democratic fashion represent the worst type of far-right insurrectionism. It's an ominous and long-held belief among conservatives and conservative media outlets that citizens need to be fully armed in order to one day wage war on the American government, as a kind of second American civil war. In other words, the reason the Second Amendment exists is not for self-defense, or to protect the rights of hunters and gun enthusiasts, but to enable citizens to go to war with the U.S. government, and to fend off a “tyrannical” turn at home.
"The core philosophy of the Three Percenter movement, whose adherents have engaged in violence, is that citizens would be justified in taking up arms to violently overthrow the government if the government enacted stronger gun regulations," Media Matters recently noted.
The movement spiked with the election of President Barack Obama. In 2009, a far-right Newsmax columnist determined that a “military coup ” to resolve the 'Obama problem'" was not “unrealistic.” That was about the same time Glenn Beck used his then-new program on Fox News to game out bloody scenarios for the coming civil war against the Obama-led tyranny. Note that the armed rebellion rhetoric was uncorked just weeks after Obama's first Cabinet had been confirmed.
During the gun debate that unfolded following the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, Fox's Todd Starnes warned there would “a revolution” if the government tries to “confiscate our guns," while Fox News Pat Caddell claimed the country was in a “pre-revolutionary condition,” and “on the verge of an explosion.”
Do not buy any of it. It is a very small group of Americans who are gun fanatics or have the organizational skills or psychological deffect to fight a democratically elected government given our nature of Americans.
That the GOP media, Fox News and others, is trying to incite violence however, is something we should examine. We must go at them constitutionally.