Commentary: White Power Group Joins Gun Appreciation Day

The unofficial "holiday" has made an ugly partnership with a group deemed by many to be a racist hate group.

Posted: 01/18/2013 05:37 PM EST
Commentary: White Power Group Joins Gun Appreciation Day

Oftentimes when gun advocates attempt to make the case for fewer gun restrictions, they try to remind everyone that they’re not lunatics, just sportsmen and people who want guns to protect their homes and their families. In a new development with Jan. 19’s “Gun Appreciation Day,” an unofficial "holiday" created by conservatives eager to buy more guns, once again, gun advocates have made themselves look anything but sober-minded.

In a move that had a number of liberal blogs buzzing — Media Matters first broke the story — the people behind the Gun Appreciation Day event have chosen to align themselves with American Third Position (A3P), a noted white power organization.

Writes Nick Wing at the Huffington Post:

A3P, which is listed on the Gun Appreciation Day website as a sponsor, does little through its own content to veil the fact that the political movement is dedicated to white supremacy.

In its mission statement, A3P writes that it "believes that government policy in the United States discriminates against white Americans, the majority population, and that white Americans need their own political party to fight this discrimination."

It goes on, saying that the group aims to "stop the immigrant invasion" in order to put "America first!"

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in America, has listed A3P as a hate group.

This story comes on the heels of an incident in which a Tennessee man, who runs a weapons-skills company, posted a video to YouTube claiming he was going to “start killing people” if President Obama’s gun policies got any more strict than they already are. The man, James Yeager, later backtracked on his comments a bit, but he made sure to add that he would have no problem shooting government employees if they ever came to confiscate any of his guns.

To be honest, I really do believe that many gun owners are kind and decent people who go about handling their weapons with decency and skill. It’s up to those gun owners, then, to make sure the people in their ranks are the kinds of people they want to be vocally representing gun culture. Because as an outsider, it’s often hard to see past the white power alliances and the people saying they’re ready to start killing government employees.

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