*Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to an opinion titled “The right has accomplished their mission,” published Monday, Feb. 4.
I agree with Eric Reeve’s statements in his Lake View editorial regarding the ultra conservatives in the Republican Party having accomplished their mission of fostering fear among the people.
But Mr. Reeve has omitted one thing.
It is not just the Republican Party, but people such as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and etc that have become rich with their own fear-mongering tactics.
It used to be that horror movies were what scared people, but today it is the “news” as reported by these people.
For these individuals, the truth never gets in the way.
As long as they can rile up the mob with half-truths and unfounded allegations, they will continue to make millions of dollars, because the only cause they really care about is increasing their own personal net worth.
So I say to Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and etc, what George W. Bush so boldly stated after the invasion of Iraq — Mission Accomplished!
Unfortunately these same fears are now in the forefront of the gun control issue.
The truth is, that no matter what changes will be made to the gun laws:
1. No one is coming to your home to take away your guns.
2. You will still be able to buy enough weapons and ammunition to outfit an army.
Owning guns is American as apple pie, but the constant insistence by some people that automatic weapons and mega round clips are needed to protect their homes and family is ludicrous.
I have never once heard a news report involving armed groups of thugs breaking into people’s homes to rape, pillage and plunder.
It is such a medieval concept, that it is very hard for me to understand how some otherwise sane individuals can believe it.
Do they really think that our entire system of government is going to collapse, immediately turning the entire population into gangs of marauding outlaws who roam the streets of our cities?
It is sad that these people have so little faith in both our government and mankind in general.
But if they really believe it is going happen, I suggest they look for another country to live in, preferably one with a dictator, where the government really knows how to control the population and keep its people safe in their own homes.