Keith Ratliff, who hosted a popular YouTube channel devoted to guns, including videos like “Top Three Weapons to Survive the Apocalypse”, met his end violently on January 3, shot in the head in his office, where he stored his many guns and rifles.
Here’s another YouTube celeb, James Yeager, the guy who said he was going to “start shooting people” if President Obama signed an executive order on guns. The video embedded there is worth watching because he tries at the start to walk back his rhetoric and ends up threatening to shoot anyone who comes to his house to confiscate his guns.
When someone starts talking about the need to have an arsenal to guard against “tyranny” or “confiscation of our guns” we need to pay close attention to how they define those words. In the case of a lot of these nuts, “tyranny” is any government action they don’t agree with. And “confiscation” is outlawing anything that was legal the day before Newtown happened. It’s more than strange that we’ve come to accept the existence of people with closets full of assault weapons who think they need them to fight a government with some of the most permissive gun laws in the developed world.