Or goes out of its way to not talk about guns, I should say:
“It is appropriate that we have a national dialogue about how and why this kind of violence keeps happening,” said Hudson, a lifelong hunter and National Rifle Association member. “This is not an issue that can be solved by a new law. It has to do with culture, with mental health issues, with how we respond to the social isolation this young man evidently felt...
All of a sudden Republicans are concerned about mental health issues. It will be interesting to see if they back that up with funding (don't hold your breath). She probably didn't mean to, but Renee Ellmers came real close to the mark with this comment:
“We are still trying to grapple with the unimaginable horrors that continue to take place at the hands of people who have been isolated from society and live in a world of their own terrible delusions,” said 2nd District Rep. Renee Ellmers
That's a very good description of the Prepper movement, whose ranks have swelled like a bodybuilder on steroids thanks to the constant fear-mongering from right-wing Obama-hating media outlets:
In an interview with local NBC affiliate WHDH 7 in New Hampshire this weekend, Marsha Lanza recalled that the last time she saw her sister Nancy, the conversation turned to disaster preparedness.
“Last time we visited with her in person we talked about prepping and, you know, are you ready for what can happen down the line when the economy collapses.”
Statements aside, preppers undoubtedly attract a fringe element. The APN site talks often and explicitly about “The End of the World As We Know It,” which it refer to as TEOTWAWKI. And judging from the abundance of videos and blogs of self-identified preppers arming themselves while touting conspiracies about government, financial collapse and the apocalypse, it’s clear this isn’t strictly a peaceful movement of people hoarding canned goods.
Preppers don’t just stockpile nonperishables — they collect weapons. Like Nancy Lanza, who owned five guns — three of which were used in the Sandy Hook massacre — preppers believe having weapons is just as important as having enough water.
Homeschooled by a mom steeped in paranoia and anti-government propaganda, and taken to the firing range as a method of "therapy", it's no wonder the boy flipped out.
And you know what? There's probably quite a few kids being nurtured in this fashion right here in North Carolina, right now.
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