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Insanity or Insurrection?

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Lone gunman.
Mentally unbalanced.
On the fringe.
Isolated instance.
Deranged lunatic.

How often have we heard these and similar descriptions when an assassination or attempted assassination has occurred?

Some may find this reassuring. Some may feel it’s necessary to “secure domestic tranquility.” Some may need personal, political or psychological cover.

If we succumb to any of this reasoning, we are deluding ourselves. And this delusion can only lead to more violence, more tragedy, and ultimately to catastrophic destruction of our democratic republic.

In Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea, co-authors Joshua Horwitz and Casey Anderson explain that in the past decade “the view of the proper relationship between government and individual rights and the insistence on a role for private violence in a democracy has been co-opted by the conservative movement [from the gun-rights movement]. As a result, it has spread beyond extreme militia groups to influence state and national policy.”

A compilation of incidents is detailed in “Insurrectionist Timeline.” The compilation begins with the Supreme Court ruling on June 16, 2008, accepting the argument of the National Rifle Association that the Second Amendment provides individuals with the right to take violent action against our government should it become “tyrannical.” It ends on January 8, 2011, with the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The catalog of incidents of insurrectionist violence (or the promotion of such violence) that have occurred since that decision was issued covers 112 incidents, 21 pages and nearly 10,000 words
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Are you still prepared to accept the deranged, lone gunman theory of America’s political violence?