Is the government really coming for the guns of climate change deniers?


Sometimes, on my way home from work, if I can’t find anything else on the radio, I listen to the ranting of WAAM’s Terry “Thayrone X” Hughes. This evening, I happened to tune in during a segment on Obama’s plans to confiscate the guns of America’s self-described “patriots” by exploiting new federal rules intended to help keep deadly weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill. [The quote you see above is what I heard immediately upon clicking over to AM 1600.]

Well, as I was intrigued, I started poking around tonight after putting the kids to bed, and found not only the online archive of Thayrone’s show, which I’m listening to in its entirety now, but the article on that inspired the rant I’d caught earlier. Here’s a clip from that article, which is titled “Five Proofs Democrats Are on Verge of Gun Confiscation.”

A new Obama administration healthcare rule “allowing health care [sic] providers to report the names of mentally ill patients to an FBI firearms background check system.” Because the definition of “mentally ill” is arbitrary, FrontPage Mag predicts the moniker of “mentally ill” will begin to be applied to “any belief or behavior that the left would like to stamp out– fervent adherence to the Constitution, homeschooling, and climate change ‘denial,’ for example – enabling the government to categorize those gun owners as mentally ill and disarm them.”

Personally, I’ve seen no evidence of this in my own life, but, then again, I probably don’t fit the “proud clinger” profile. Maybe doctors really are beginning to single people out, asking them to rate their love of the Constitution on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the most fervent. And, maybe, when people come into the hospital presenting signs of rabid conservativism (like Gadsden flag fanny packs and screaming eagle t-shirts), they really are being held for observation. If you’ve heard about such things happening, let me know and I’ll get word to Thayrone so that he can draft up plans for an A Team-inspired breakout.

While it’s true that I don’t believe we need semi-automatic assault rifles in this country, it’s also true that I believe that we, as Americans, should be free to be stupid without fear of being taken into custody and shown photos of Cliven Bundy and Ayn Rand while doctors examine the readings of blood flow monitors attached to our genitals… I may disagree with these people, but no one deserves to be labeled a potential terrorist just because he become engorged at the thought of a shirtless Donald Trump holding a rifle, overseeing a Mexican work crew build a wall.

[note: I didn’t make the graphic above. It comes courtesy of the Ted Cruz presidential campaign. It was created by Cruz staff as part of a recent fundraising pitch.]

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  1. Demetrius
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    The first Civil War was (generally) northern states against southern states.

    The next Civil War is going to be much more complicated, and messy.

  2. Peter Larson
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Do people really listen to that guy?

  3. John Galt
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    When Trump wins, Thayrone will be named Viceroy of Washtenaw County.

  4. Anthony Gentile
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    He sure as hell isn’t coming for their brains or wealth of knowledge.

  5. Dylan
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    That guy is bizarre. If you listen to enough WAAM, which I don’t advise although I personally like to flirt with danger, you will find in Thayrone X a man who is simultaneously a blues fan and a race baiter. I guess you can say what you want when it’s your radio station though.

  6. Mr. X
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    The big question is, when will Obama release the number so we can call and report our neighbors?

  7. Jean Henry
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    The Bone Conduction Music Show on WEMU used to be great. They muzzled the guy then though. I find him entertaining. I think he believes his own shit more than he used to, because he’s preaching to the choir now. That can happen to anyone with any political position. He still cracks me up– He lived long enough to become a parody of himself. A fate to avoid if possible. Making a note of it.

  8. Lynne
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Heh. That is actually kind of funny but does illustrate the ignorance people often have about the mentally ill. You see, when we talk about denying guns to the mentally ill, usually we are talking about denying guns to people who are a danger to themselves or others, not everyone who is mentally ill.

    Personally, I don’t like the idea of limiting people’s rights due to mental illness unless there is a genuinely compelling reason to do so (like they’ve just walked into a gun store and said they want to buy a gun to kill someone).

  9. Eel
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    If I had a black helicopter, I would never stop following Thayrone.

  10. Jean Henry
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Agreed Lynn. The mentally ill are no more violent or dangerous to others than the rest of the population. They do pose a danger to themselves though. That is rarely mentioned in coverage of gun regulation. It doesn’t suit the cultural narrative about who harms others. On the other hand, as a chronic condition, mental health care is desperately under-funded and under-insured so if Congress wants to use the gun violence canard to increase funding, I’d be ok with that. My guess is however, that they will use it to justify locking up the crazy and otherwise disabled more so than they do now.

  11. Posted May 2, 2016 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    I think that is a great idea if you think that global warming is just a hoax that means you are mentally unstable and you should not be able to own guns.

  12. Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    If Trump wins, God help us because guns will just proliferate more.

  13. Posted November 8, 2016 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    That is one way to do gun control, if you do not believe climate change will take your guns. Lol!

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