by Alec Kohut
Gayle Trotter looks normal enough. She could easily be cast in a commercial showing how the Swiffer Dust Mop can change the life of the suburban housewife. But when she opens her mouth in opposition to the most reasonable gun control measures, it is clear that she is just another example of why, as Steve Schmidt says, people see conservatives as “wackos and loons.”
Trotter lives in a different America than the rest of us. She lives in the American fantasy land created in the minds of people like Ted Nugent, Wayne LaPierre, and so, so many other mentally unstable individuals. An America where you are always in danger.
In her testimony at a US Senate hearing on January 30th Trotter gave an example of actual case in which a woman did defend her home from two criminals with a gun. The problem for Trotter was that the currently proposed legislation would had absolutely no effect on the type of gun the woman used, nor her ability to obtain it.
Then, to explain her opposition to the assault weapon ban, Trotter went all Nugent on us. She painted a picture of young women with “three, four, five violent attackers, intruders in her home with her children screaming in the background. The peace of mind that she has, knowing that she has a scary-looking gun.”
In order to demonstrate her desire for an AR-15, she had to make-up a crazy story and reveal how she sees America. Whether it’s a band of marauding criminals, or the “jack-booted” government thugs of Wayne LaPierre, these people see America much differently than I.
Theirs is a paranoid delusional view of America that whenever the sound of a helicopter is heard overhead, their hearts race believing that the UN is now coming to take their guns and impose a one world government in which dissenters will be imprisoned in FEMA concentration camps. What a sad, sad view of America they hold.
There is no joy, no peace, no rest in their America. Just an ever present and controlling thought every minute of every waking hour: “where is my scary gun in case they come.”
Yes, the gun nuts….are nuts.