Now, I know this article will tick a lot of people off, so don't expect me to change my views by importing religion, insults, ego, etc. And to increase understanding, click on the links.
(Note: you'll see why the video is in here after you read this.)
(Be sure to watch the next 3 videos after this one.)
I am NOT talking about people who simply hold views that are anti-establishment, anti new world order, or even those who want to start the revolution early (watch So You Want to Topple the U.S. Government?) or things like that: I'm talking about ideological extremists that believe in collective punishment.
"What are you talking about?" Anyone who has been paying attention not only have seen the rise of fascism (go watch "Economic Collapse & The Rise of Fascist & Racist Elements"), but also, hate, acceptance and even calls for collective punishment against all Muslims and to a shorter extent, Jews.
I am not talking about checking up on Muslim communities to look for extremists, making sure Mosques/Masjids aren't harboring characters like Anjem Choudary or worse, having fundamentalists or those who disrespect the rights of others (ie rapists) deported : I'm talking about the use of violence against civilians. If you do not believe that there are extremists out there, just look up the words "Kill all Muslims" and soon you'll get what I'm talking about.
And sometimes, it is not all that easy to differentiate those who simply wish to fight militant Islamists and nonviolently oppose ideologies like Islam from those who think that it's perfectly okay to assault an Islamic kindergarten like if it's some militant or terrorist training compound or to attack a school bus owned by an Islamic school (similar in style to the movie HEAT) like if it was a suicide bomber transport.
If you react along the lines of "Oh my goodness that horrible!", well good! That means that you might not be the type of characters that this article is meant to address.
I'd also like to mention the armed protesters who appeared at a Mosque in Phoenix, Arizona.
I fully believe that you have every right to oppose or support any ideology you wish, and have little personal problems with you doing so. However, I felt that the way the protesters handled it was completely inappropriate.
Primarily, open carrying weapons, rather they be live (in working condition), deactivated (rendered unable to fire) or replicas (not real), when there was no real threat or when the rally is not about private civilian weapon ownership and/or self defense rights, is out of place, horribly irresponsible and an absolutely terrible thing for our entire image as gun owners, right to keep and bear arms and armor and right to self defense supporters.
It is one thing to open carry weapons at an event that is intended to support the human right to keep and bear arms and armor and right to self defense becuase it is in-place and/or there is a significant threat to you posed that very day. It is another thing to do so when holding a demonstration for something other than that OR you're in an occupation when it's okay or even required to open carry weapons such as military, law enforcement, security, bounty hunting, etc.
Things like the Phoenix Mosque monkey business make a part of me kind've feel like that places like that should hire paramilitary security teams, that are, essentially, private SWAT teams so predators would leave them the heck alone, and if any type of attack happens it can be stopped quickly and the attacker made an example of. However, I also definitely do NOT want a Boston massacre style debacle to go down.
Not to mention other types of ultra-partisan, fringe, stereotype perpetuating, and sometimes even delusional extremists representing the movement;
By far, in large part of our culture, American gun owners seem to have the worst image of gun owners in the entire world in our current, or past, history.
I'm sure by now there would be plenty of audience members that are raging by now, even though I've never made an attempt to paint any ideology in a positive light or say something like that Islam is a race (which is completely asinine anyway). For you haters out there, if you support your right to keep and bear arms and armor and your right to self defense and oppose collective punishment against law-abiding weapon and body armor owners yet want to strip the rights of other groups and collectively punish them for what a portion is doing, you are nothing short of an absolute damned hypocrite (yes, you read it right). Practice what you preach. If you want to wear the label "Christian", then act like a real Christian. I always thought that Christianity was about love and forgiveness and positive things like that. However, soon after I got into politics, I found out that a lot of people who call themselves Christian don't always act that way.