You ask for an answer, I offer one, and you don't like it.
I described precisely why your "answer" was not an answer at all. You are fear-mongering like few others on this matter. I know you are a big fan of conspiracies and all, but this one has even less factual support (indeed, none at all) than most.
It's almost as though you are impossible to please with truth.
I am a big fan of truth. I highly recommend you try the truth some time.
why did you post it without saying there was a part of it you didn't agree with?
Um. Because. .
So do you, or do you not, agree with everything that you posted from his writing? Please, try to argue just one side.
(a) I was pointing to a VDH piece.
Indeed, and you even cited it properly. I hope you won't be quizzing me later on who this "VDH" guy is as I had never heard of him before.
More so, you certainly didn't give any indication that you disagree with what he wrote.
(b) VDH (not me) offers a pledge for "all liberal celebrities, business people, and politicians". He subsequently offers an example involving a cleric.
If you don't agree with it, then why did you post it without saying there was a part of it you didn't agree with? The rest of it certainly falls well within the realm of many of your "arguments", so why would anyone expect that you would disagree with some part of it?
Wait, wait, wait: what does the amount of regulation have to do with anything?
Were you not trying to claim that the media was trying to use their position to (somehow) bring about gun regulations? If we want to talk in sheer volume - say in terms of words describing the law(s) - then sure more severe regulations could be accomplished with very few words. However, it is highly unlikely that anything significant will happen any time soon.
In other words, your just paranoid.
I'm simply answering your question regarding "What is it people are afraid of".
No, you really didn't answer it. You said you fear what you fear because you fear what you fear. That sounds like a strange mash-up of FDR and Xzibit, and does not resemble a rational explanation for living in a state of paranoia turned up to 11.
It takes longer to buy Sudafed than it does to buy a gun. As someone who had purchased both in New York State I know that for a fact. Hell it takes vastly longer to purchase and register a car than it does to buy a gun. It is even more work to adopt a dog from a shelter than it is to buy a gun.
This is precisely the sort of irrelevant factoids,
Just because you don't like facts doesn't make them "irrelevant factoids". You claimed that guns are
among the most highly regulated segments of the economy.
And I pointed out many segments of the economy that are vastly more regulated than guns. Hell, to extend it even further you are allowed to buy as many guns as you can afford, but if you buy Sudafed twice in a month you will likely be answering (at least) a phone call from the FBI.
The first and second amendments remain invariant.
Nothing in the past decade has been proposed that has come even close to challenging either of those, and for that matter gun ownership doesn't have anything at all to do with the first and is only weakly associated with the second.
The job of unwinding American liberty is going to be achieved through debt, decadence, and entitlements, not these frontal assaults
You're full of hyperpartisan bullshit on that line. The greatest "unwinding" of liberty that our government has laid upon us in the past century came in the immediate wake of 9/11, and did not bring "decadence" or "entitlements" with it.
What is it that people are so afraid of
Something akin to termites.
WRONG. Termites actually exist. The fear from the right is of something that does not exist. A better comparison would be fear of unicorns or chupacabra.
The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan