We created a list of dos on don’ts for gun enthusiasts on Gun Appreciation Day. Add to that, Don’t wear a hoodie and definitely try to appear as white as possible. Or just stay home. Gun Appreciation Day, an effort promoted by the Conservative media and activists which oppose gun control, has accepted the sponsorship of a white nationalist organization to promote and mobilize supporters for its January 19 event. No, really. And oddly enough, while Republicans are reaching out to minorities, the House GOP is hosting an event in “successful communication with minorities” in a room dedicated to a slave plantation.
Gun Appreciation Day is reminiscent of the Tea Party on steroids.
Back to their white nationalist problem.
Media Matters reports:
Gun Appreciation Day (GAD) is partnering with the American Third Position (A3P), a political group that describes itself as representing “the unique political interests of white Americans.” According to a party official, the organization is composed of “white nationalists.”
GAD’s organizers ask supporters to visit “gun stores, gun counters, gun shows, and gun ranges to protest the Obama administration’s post Sandy Hook assault on gun rights.” The event has received significant media coverage and promotion in recent days.
GAD lists A3P on its “sponsors” page along with its logo, motto (“Liberty. Sovereignty. Identity”) and a link to American3rdPosition.com. Other sponsors include prominent conservative media outlets like RedState, the right-wing blog edited by CNN contributor Erick Erickson. The event’s main page asks visitors to “Please Support Our Sponsors.”
The pro-gun event is teaming with A3P despite ample and easily found evidence of the group’s fringe views. The first Google result for the group after its official website is the user-edited Wikipedia page for A3P, which currently states in its opening sentence that the group “promotes white supremacy.”
According to its mission statement, “The American Third Position Party 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.” The group also states that it “exists to represent the unique political interests of white Americans. It exists to maintain the identity, culture, and way of life of the American people, whose forefathers, from a vast wilderness, carved out an awe-inspiring extension of Western civilization, in order that their progeny–us–might live in relative peace and prosperity.”
A3P are not the only extremists sponsoring Love Your Guns Up Day. There are quite a few.
One example out of many:
And a post on the website of Conbustible.com, also listed as a sponsor of the event, describes public schools as “progressive indoctrination camps,” and complains that “the givers (sic) shove the producers out of the way as they waddle to the trough for some more free lunch.”
Just in: After Media Matters reported the A3P’s sponsorship, they were later removed as sponsors. But, the other extreme sponsors still remain.