The Hill notes increased security concerns on Capitol Hill.
The highly charged debate over gun control has not produced specific threats directed at members of Congress, even as there has been a sharp uptick in calls from militants for armed resistance and civil war. ...The Hill
No specific threats on Congress but plenty of murmurings and preparations for violence out here, where we are.
In the wake of President Obama and Democrats’ push for tighter gun restrictions, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) said it has seen an increase in calls for armed resistance from a segment of the gun rights community that is staunchly opposed to more government restrictions on firearms.
There have also been reports of scores of people rushing to local gun stores to buy weapons out of a concern that new federal regulations would prevent them from doing so in the future.
The SPLC monitors domestic terrorism activity and said it hasn’t seen any direct threats to Obama’s Inauguration in Washington D.C. on Monday, but the increasingly vitriolic remarks from local politicians, talk show radio hosts, and militia groups have spurred worries that some may take violent action against the government down the line.
“There’s not only a huge spike in guns and ammunition purchasing, but there’s also an enormous amount of talk out there of violence, armed resistance, and civil war,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow and spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). ...The Hill
I think we're getting used to the reality that most of the violence is stirred up by irresponsible, feral, rightwing media. Limited access to mass murder weapons is important. But no less important -- how do we do this? -- is the muting of the usual suspects in the media. Go after their sponsors again?
On the positive side are the serial blunders on the part of the NRA and increased support for gun control.