If you thought that the 2012 election would represent a more mature and sane Tea Party response to politics than we witnessed from them in the 2010 mid-term elections, or during the heated health care reform debate, then you are sadly mistaken. Open and blatant violent rhetoric and threats aimed at President Obama and other Democrats have been on the rise and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) just fired the latest shot (pun intended).
Just as the heat from Ted Nugent’s unpatriotic and violent tirade was beginning to die down, we’ve seen increased security for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) after threats on her life from a Tea Party activist, arrest of a New York man who threatened the president‘s life, and arrest of a Virginia man who openly made threats on Obama, saying, “Ted Nugent was right.”
In a new email from Rand Paul, on behalf of The National Association for Gun Rights, the Tea Party politician perpetuates the scare tactic that President Obama is coming for your guns if he wins re-election this year. To drive the point home, the email included a graphic with a rifle pointed towards the president.
Some will claim that it is a little bit of a stretch to suggest that this image advocates violence or poses a credible threat to President Obama. If that were truly the case, then why did the Gun Rights association website literally REVERSE the image shortly after this story gained traction? (see revised image below)
Not that these intellectually stunted Teabaggers care for the truth but, President Obama has not, nor will he come after their guns or infringe upon the right to bear arms:
Ladd Everitt, director of communications for The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, told Raw Story:
We are living today in a supercharged, partisan political climate where threats of violence and violent rhetoric are everywhere, and you would think that anyone — anyone, no matter what their political views or disagreements with this president — would have the common sense and decency to not create a banner image for a conspiracy theory-fueled email that shows a gun pointing directly at [the president's] head, while simultaneously preaching to folks about some ridiculous Obama gun ban that exists only in a fantasy world.
Stew for Thought: President Obama has received 400% more death threats than George W. Bush.