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Josh Marshall @joshtpm
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It is notable that most of the NRA's public messaging isn't even about firearms anymore. It's mostly culture war agitprop about fake news, Trump, obedience to the flag, feral leftists, socialists, antifa street gangs and other similar incitement. This is for a clear reason.
2/ The terms of the gun debate have become so extreme that a) there's no many more 'rights' to argue for and b) it's hard to argue the absolutist case on the merits. The goal is increasingly to permanently and inextricably embed maximalist gun rights into the country's ...
3/ partisan polarization. So whatever the merits of particular merits of an argument, any defeat for guns is a defeat for Trump, the flag, the police, traditional families, racial order and all the rest. The culture war and partisan polarization now backstop maximalist ...
4/ gun rights. Ergo, any intensification of the culture war and partisan polarization protects gun maximalism.
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