April 14, 2009

Two paragraphs in the DHS Report that do make sense

DHS Report On Right Wing Extremism

I have learned that there is some spin going both ways with this report.This text is directly from the report. While a lot of it is horse squeeze or hogwash, some of it makes a lot of sense. And it confirms what I have thought regarding the ammo and primer shortages.

(U//FOUO) On the current front, legislation has been proposed this yearrequiring mandatory registration of all firearms in the United States. Similarlegislation was introduced in 2008 in several states proposing mandatory tagging and registration of ammunition. It is unclear if either bill will be passed into law; nonetheless, a correlation may exist between the potential passage of gun control legislation and increased hoarding of ammunition, weapons stockpiling, and paramilitary training activities among rightwing extremists.

(U//FOUO) Open source reporting of wartime ammunition shortages has likely spurred rightwing extremists—as well as law-abiding Americans—to make bulk purchases ofammunition. These shortages have increased the cost of ammunition, furtherexacerbating rightwing extremist paranoia and leading to further stockpiling activity.Both rightwing extremists and law-abiding citizens share a belief that rising crime rates attributed to a slumping economy make the purchase of legitimate firearms a wise move at this time.

(U//FOUO) Weapons rights and gun-control legislation are likely to be hotly contested subjects of political debate in light of the 2008 Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller in which the Court reaffirmed an individual’s right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but left open to debate the precise contours of that right. Because debates over constitutional rights are intense, and parties on all sides have deeply held, sincere, but vastly divergent beliefs, violent extremists may attempt to co-opt the debate and use the controversy as a radicalizationtool.
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