Extremists Are Using Gun Rights to Attract New Recruits

Extremists Are Using Gun Rights to Attract New Recruits

Far-right extremist groups are talking explicitly about using gun rights rhetoric and conspiracy theories concerning hypothetical gun confiscation under President Joe Biden as a way to attract new members, according to experts and a review of online postings. “They are seeing this as a moment to recruit to their side and recruit to that viewpoint,” said Mary McCord, a former acting assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice’s national security division who is now the legal director at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. “What we’re seeing now is: ‘Now we have Democrats — a Democrat in the White House, Democrats control the House and Senate. They’re coming for your guns, we have to stand up against that.’” The Trace reviewed hundreds of chat room messages and posts on forums popular with right-wing extremists. On the site Telegram, an encrypted messaging platform that has become a haven for conspiracy theorists and far-right activists after they were booted from other platforms, a moderator of one popular channel instructed members to recruit Trump supporters “by the millions.” The post advised evangelists to “be less combative” when entering more mainstream dialogue. “Instead push the most extreme talking points that they already have in their heads thanks to Trump,” they wrote. One of the talking points the moderator listed, “They’re coming for our 2A guns.” (The Trace is omitting the names of most accounts, groups, and Telegram channels to avoid amplifying them) Anti-government militias, white nationalists, and proponents of accelerationism […]

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