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Michelle Visits Homeland Security, Which Has Its Eye on Right-Wing Radicals

First Lady Michelle Obama made a stop at the Department of Homeland Security today to thank federal workers there for all the hard work.

So what have Secretary Janet Napolitano and DHS been up to these days? Well, the Department just warned law enforcement officials about a rise in "right-wing extremist activity." The recession, the election of a black president, and the return of disgruntled war veterans could cause a rise in influence for white-power militias.

The DHS report explains it's not just about race: "It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."

Hmm . . . what about opposition to taxes? One neo-Nazi message board claims that the tea party movement is the "white revolution we've been waiting for," since (according to them) it's the whites who are taxed to support worthless social programs.

Let's hope Homeland Security protects Americans from radical criminals, while peaceful protectors are allowed to exercise their rights!


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hartsfull hartsfull 7 years
The purpose for the 2nd amendment is so that the citizens will be stronger than the govt. Also for citizens to be able to protect themselves. Gun laws only take guns from law abiding citizens. Criminals don't follow laws. Michelann, Haus, gemini and hope2 said it all best. I just had to give my own two cents. :) around #88 you're talking about automatics- please don't confuse semi-automatics w/ fully automatics. A semi-automatic requires a separate trigger pull w/ each shot. What makes it's action automatic is you don't have to do anything to put another round in the chamber, it's done automatically. :) It also can't shoot hundreds of rounds. They don't have magazines or clips manufactured to hold that many. Or not sold that way.
marty9957 marty9957 7 years
I suggest that these imbesils who are supposed to be watching out for our security get focussed on the true enemy. The United States Armed Forces are not the enemy. However, you can make them the enemy if you continue to attack them in this manner. This administration owes every veteran past and present an apology. I am a veteran and I feel insulted by the ignoance on the part of this administration. I will be looking for that apology.
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
I have to agree they really are Caterpillar Girl. Grenade launchers are too.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
"I too have to wonder why an individual citizen needs to have a weapon that can hold hundreds of rounds of ammunition and fire multiple rounds of ammunition in a single shot" Because they are fun to shoot.
BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 7 years
In Texas, you have the right to shoot someone if you feel threatened. That's good to an extent (you home is broken into), but where do you draw the line? A lot of people have their own definition of threatened, and well, not everyone without a felony charge is rational.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
I was referring to assualt rifles and guns of that nature, Hope. I was not being exact in number of rounds they hold. My point was that if people want guns to use for protection and hunting, what would be the necessity of having an assault type weapon available to you?
stephley stephley 7 years
Since I was 13 years old, my mother has hammered me about taking part in left-wing campaigns, protests or groups because she worried that I would be put on a government list that would reflect negatively on other family members' government &/or military careers. There never was any objection to anyone's conservative activities though.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
"Where was homeland security on leftist radicals who went after EVERY single thing former president Bush did?" How did you reach the conclusion that homeland security wasn't looking into leftisst radicals during the Bush administration?
briannaNicole briannaNicole 7 years
I agree wholeheartedly with a lot of other readers who are offended. This is disgusting and it's spreading like wildfire. Where was homeland security on leftist radicals who went after EVERY single thing former president Bush did? I'm glad they did not thing because this is nonsense and a waste of our tax payer money. Homeland Security FAIL.
hope2be hope2be 7 years
I didn't know you can purchase military-grade weaponry at gun shops, Roarman (I never go to a gun shop/show/etc, though).
Roarman Roarman 7 years
I too have to wonder why an individual citizen needs to have a weapon that can hold hundreds of rounds of ammunition and fire multiple rounds of ammunition in a single shot. Is this to make sure that the bad guys are super dead? Can protecting yourself not be achieved with a handgun, if you feel you must have a gun in the first place to feel safe.
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
Citizen Sugar started the story by talking about concerns of "right wing extremists" getting riled up with the recent chain of events. She than goes on to talk about how a message board on a neo nazi board saw the tea party as a good example to fight for their rights. How is this not related or implying anything outlandish? I'm lost :?
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
If he is talking about banning automatic rifles but not all guns what is the big deal. Do you really need several bullets fired per second to protect yourselves from the evil you perceive. No you don't. There are people who buy weapons for bad intentions as well as good. So to do the best we can to protect everyone in the long run why not try to minimize a class of guns that is proven to do significant damage, while still allowing you and me to own our pistols.
margokhal margokhal 7 years
UnDave, we've got more bills in our state legislature (Texas) to allow weapons in more places. Even after attention was called to the recent incidents, they went through with these bills - some representatives have been on the news actually using the incidents as justification for the bills. Maybe my word choice isn't the best [I guess it's not relaxing of the laws, so much as more allowance, though there have been recent exposes and news stories that many places are not following gun ownership and licensing laws like they should, such as not enforcing the mandatory waiting period], as this hasn't be a direct response to the incidents themselves, but it's like these issues are being ignored/not considered in the name of protection [both of Second Amendment rights and the general public]. I don't have any problem with guns being around. My issue is that I believe allowing concealed handguns in more places won't really stop mass shootings from happening - or lessen the effects of them, but rather increase abuse of legal gun use [amplified by people's frustration about the economic situation] and will result in more unnecessary injuries and violence from people who are supposedly trained to use their weapons correctly. I know others may not agree with that, it's just my assessment.
kh61582 kh61582 7 years
Well I hate Barack Obama and all his policies. I'm going to the NYC Tea Party tonight and excited about it. So I must be a right wing extremist. What was really meant in this document is that Republicans are the enemy. Obama is more concerned about Republicans than he is about terrorism. Oh wait excuse me I meant Acts Caused By Man or whatever BS Obama thinks it should be called instead of terrorism. You don't think it's a bit of a coincidence that this comes out days before the Tea Parties? And targeting war veterans and saying their dangerous and should be considered threats is really screwed up. Most of our soldiers are Pro-America unlike the Left in this country so of course they come home and see what this country is becoming and join a Republican organization but now the DHS is saying that means they might be dangerous? Feast your eyes ladies and gentleman on Barack Hussein Obama! Our great unifier!
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"I'm just baffled that relaxing gun laws has been the RESPONSE to these incidents." I don't know that this has actually been the response to these incidents. Where have gun laws been relaxed?
margokhal margokhal 7 years
Michelann, the general perception of people who commit atrocities is that they are generally "bad people and criminals" anyway. My views and comments were meant to say that this is generally NOT the case, especially with the recent incidents. Most of the people involved did not have any record of criminal activity, and the weapons they used were legally purchased and used [even if they were used in a terrible way]. It's not like people KNEW these guys as thugs or criminals...most of them were just average folks who were handling their current life situations in a bad way. Not to say what they did was RIGHT, but there are other factors in why they acted the way they did. Mermel, you didn't read my first sentence. I said "increase in gun violence in the news". Though I personally believe that there's been an actual increase in gun violence, and I don't think it has anything to do with the relaxing of gun laws or the increased ownership of guns [that's just people reacting out of fear they're not going to be able to get them soon]. I'm just baffled that relaxing gun laws has been the RESPONSE to these incidents. Sure, whether the presence of guns is actually protective/beneficial is a non-starter - but it's a point that's been used on both sides recently to further their argument.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 7 years
Yay for gemini! Another Michelle Malkin fan! Yeah, Janet need to go yesterday! I realize that the government has been looking at organizations on the left and the right for some time now. However, one big difference exists. The left wing groups are mentioned by name--Earth First, the animal rights people (can't remember their exact name. sorry), etc. The report for the right wing side is a little more vague-- "Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration." Vague much? So, if I don't like abortion or have a real big issue with the borders leaking like a sieve...??? Not to mention, I really hate the phrase "hate-oriented." Sorry kids, this is frightening stuff. We really are living in a bizzaro version of the US.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 7 years
Brookrene, I want a gun, too...only I'd like to put blanks in it. Don't want to kill the intruder, just scare the bejeebers out of him. :)
mermei mermei 7 years
Margokhal, is there an actual increase in gun violence, or a perceived increase in gun violence on the news? Is there anything at all to suggest that an increase in legal purchases of guns correlates to the increase in gun violence, if it exists? There is plenty of empirical evidence to suggest that the presence of more (legally obtained and owned) weapons will in fact protect people from the bad few who commit violent acts. That point is a non-starter, as both sides can point to plenty of stories where a criminal was stopped by a private citizen with a gun or the presence of many people with registered weapons did nothing to change events. My two cents on the original article: I thought the insertion of the Tea Party Movement into a comment about extremism and then white supremacists was completely inappropriate, but not at all surprising from CitizenSugar, who makes no attempt to hide her bias.
stephley stephley 7 years
They weren't known career criminals or people that others feared. I'd hazard a comment as to what world that makes sense in, but I'm not into self-abuse.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
"Just because "bad people and criminals" have guns (which most of the people who have committed these recent shootings were NOT) " I'm seriously confused by this statement. The people who murdered their family and friends were neither bad people nor criminals? In what world does that make sense?
margokhal margokhal 7 years
*ugh I screwed that first sentence up. Didn't mean to state the fear of guns being taken away twice.
margokhal margokhal 7 years
The increase in gun violence in the news recently I think has less to do with fear of guns being taken away and more to do with frustration over the economic situation [and, at least in one case, fear of guns being taken away, which is totally unfounded]. What I don't understand is the relaxing of gun laws in spite of all this [especially in my home state, Texas]. It's almost law that employees can carry weapons to work as long as they're secured in their cars [right after we had a long string of carjackings and thefts], and the state's working on a bill to allow people [specifically students] with CHLs to carry weapons on campus. I'm not afraid of guns, and I know there are always going to be yahoos who go out and do insane things like kill their families and police officers, but there's this problem of weapons being used when they're not necessary/against the wrong people. The potential for serious abuse of these laws, should they ever go into effect, is pretty astronomical and outweighs any benefits of "protection" [that's just me, I know a lot of people will disagree]. Just because "bad people and criminals" have guns (which most of the people who have committed these recent shootings were NOT) and use them doesn't mean that the presence of more weapons will protect us.
brookrene brookrene 7 years
I want a gun myself, and am planning on getting one as soon as possible because of the way Obama has said he'd like to change the gun laws...in answer to your question Stephley about how some people might use them...I would say that I hope to NEVER have to use mine. But I definitely want it for protection. The criminals out there won't give up their guns, and I want to make sure that if someone breaks into my home in the middle of the night, that they wont make it out without a wound. Also, my boyfriend hunts, he'll want to get a few more before they're harder to get also, just because he wants to use them for hunting. I would say the vast majority of gun-owners and buyers hope to never have to use the guns (other than hunters of course :)), but that they feel safer knowing they're protected in case of emergency.
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