Arkansas Republican Party newsletter suggests “walking up and shooting ” legislators if they "got too far out of line."


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Don't read this right before bedtime, you might get nightmares. It's densely printed conservative flatulence, a putrid stream of unhinged rambling lunacy in an April newsletter message from the Benton County (a very, very red county in northwest Arkansas) Republican Party, complete with misspellings.

It blasts Republican legislators who voted for a “private option” health care plan. I broke the tiny-typefaced paragraph up, because it was so packed with words that it was difficult to read:

Part of me feels that this betrayal deserves a quick implementation of my 2nd amendment rights to remove a threat domestic.  [...]

I don’t feel the same way about the Democrats as bullet backstops as I do about the Republicans who joined them. [...]

So what do we do?  While I believe that we as a party are done in Arkansas after this, if there is ANY hope of our survival, it is going to take not being forgiving.  Not only for past actions, but to show those who will come in the future that the cost of failure to do the thing they were elected to do will be significant.

We need to be making a point of this failure from this moment on.  We need to make a public statement from our groups that we no longer support those who turned on us, that we will NOT be working to their re-election, that we will be actively seeking replacements, and perhaps even working towards recall.

We as the Party have to stand up and say ‘no more – you were given a job, you campaigned on the promise to do this job, you had the ability to do this job, you had the votes each time to do this job, and yet for no legitimate reason you betrayed the trust put in you by the electorate and you are now completely and permanently politically finished.’

We need to let those who will come in the future to represent us that we are serious.  The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives.  It seems that we are unable to muster that belief in any of our representatives on a state or federal level, but we have to have something, something costly, something that they will fear that we will use if they step out of line If we can’t shoot them, we have to at least be firm in our threat to take immediate action against them politically, socially, and civically [sic] if they screw up on something this big.  Personally, I think a gun is quicker and more merciful, but hey, we can’t.

But we have to do something, we have to gain control of our representatives, if we don’t then what the hell are we doing as a party except having fundraiser dinners and meetings just to raise more money for future meetings and fundraisers, and giving money to empower and elect those who would betray us without having the control to keep them in line once we do?

There is more endless, teensy wordiness at the link.

Per TalkBusiness, several Republican lawmakers who voted for the private option called the remarks “shocking” and “scary.” They have a real flair for stating the obvious. The TB site also posted this update:

The Benton County Republican Committee issued a statement through their chairman Tim Summers.

“The letter was not approved and Mr. Nogy had no authority to submit it through the newsletter. As a committee, we respect the right of our legislators to vote based on their knowledge and feedback from the voters they represent.  We will discuss this issue further with our executive committee.”

So the letter was submitted wrongly, but the violent message was not an issue? Given the recent Newtown slaughter and so many other massacres, you'd think that there might be a little self-censorship, a modicum of sensitivity and thoughtfulness before inciting, or even suggesting, more violence, but no.

Fantasizing about shooting lawmakers as a solution if things don't go their way, how patriotic and rational of them.

Second Amendment remedies come first, respect for life comes second. Nothing hypocritical about that.

right to life my ass pro life

  • Yep, I posted

    The Thom Hartmann video explaining the hidden history of the Second Amendment: It was about “slave control”.

  • Don't forget that the folks that made up most militia's back then did so because of all the Slave revolts that kept happening. Can't imagine why that might occur hmm, could it be that the 2'nd amendment is tied into Slavery and that's why so many gun nuts are bigots?

  • Will they select blackshirts or brownshirts? "Fear and Loathing in Arkansas".

  • It is this kind of rhetoric which will embolden the mentally ill to go out and shoot someone with whom they disagree because they believe their guns make them right. I, for one, have had enough!

  • WebAntOnYouTube

    The 2nd Ammendment says a well regulated militia is necessary for the security of the state, not for self defense or regulating the military. As far as why the people have the right to bear arms, it doesn't say. However, what is clear is that the 2nd Ammendment exists to protect the country, not individuals. Nevertheless, in the District Of Columbia versus Heller the Supreme Court did say that firearms owned by citizens are to be used for traditionally lawful purposes like self defense within the home. There is nothing lawful or traditional about rebelling against the govt though and in that case the Supreme Court said that guns owned by citizens cannot just be used for any purpose. It is insane to think the govt would allow citizens to be armed so they could fight against it. You are the victim of right wing indoctrination which actually is not very patriotic.

  • Hi,

    After another in an endless string of the horrendous weeks of regular and predictable gun violence that kills 33 people per day on average in America, it's long since time for us to start calling out the people who sponsor these weapons as the terrorists and terrorist sympathizers they are. Yes, people who kill and maim with bombs are terrorists, as the main-stream media is always quick to point out, but the gun manufacturers, organized gun associations, 2nd amendment-bothering politicians of all stripes, and the fanatic gun-fetish minorities behind this unending gun violence, are the MUCH greater continuous threat to our national safety.

    They are willing to recognize NO reasonable restraints on the tools of their terror. Because of the widespread death and injury for which they are responsible, they are the terrorists who must be disabled, disarmed, and rendered powerless first. Only after that will we have the luxury of turning our attention to those bombers who also kill and maim our people, though in much fewer numbers. So while we're at it, let's call them ALL out so they can be easily recognized by everyone as the terrorists they are.

    Have a nice day,

  • Cue Miller

    Honestly, this is mild stuff compared to emails I have read that were sent to a variety of Colorado legislators, state and federal, when the state legislature passed gun control laws here recently. I have a link to the emails (with senders and recipients names redacted) posted by the Colorado legislature Twitter account, but the language is so vile and the threats so vicious I am not really sure I could get away with posting even the link here. Some nasty folks out there ... with guns.

  • Cue Miller

    We can argue this all we want, and personally I agree with you, but the Supremes have decided that the 2nd Amendment goes far beyond this. So really it's moot.

  • Thuggery. Alive and well in Uhmerca today.

  • Why is it people do not understand the reason the 2nd Amendment was written in the first place? The reason we needed MILITIAS was because there was NO STANDING ARMY. The USA has one of the finest STANDING ARMIES on the planet now - we do NOT have militias fighting invaders on home soil. Therefore - there truly is NO REASON to have a 2nd Amendment, but since we do have it - WELL REGULATED must now apply to the people as it had once applied to colonial militias.

  • sandinbrick

    Since President Obama was elected the rise in militias has gone up, you think it's because they hate the fact that a black man is in office. So stupid!

  • The second amendment guarantees your right to bear arms. It does not guarantee your right to use them! Self defense, and regulating the military with the existence of an equally powerful populace is the purpose of the second amendment.