It's, in my opinion, nothing more than 3rd world dictatorship style intimidation, provided by corporate American lobbyist. These folks are serious and we had better start paying attention!
It's hard for me to believe the Health Care Lobby and the NRA aren't in bed together to defeat Health Care Reform when I see stuff like this posted on the NRA site:
Now Is The Time To Make Yourself Heard At Town Hall Meetings!The NRA is, in my opinion, taking this to a new level by making calls to Rural Americans to escalate the anger at Health Care Reform Town Hall meetings. I received the following call from the NRA today from this phone number 703-656-9940:
Congress has now adjourned to start the Summer District Work Period and will return after Labor Day. During this Summer District Work Period, your Senators and Representative will be back home in their states and districts.
Many lawmakers use this time to hold town hall meetings, and take questions from their constituents. These meetings offer a tremendous opportunity for you to personally voice your strong support for the Second Amendment.
Today I received a call from the NRA 703-656-9940. I was asked to participate in a questionnaire and I said OK. The caller then asked me to listen to a recorded message from Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association of America, and I agreed. I listened to Mr. LaPierre's , what I consider, diatribe about Hillary Clinton, the UN and Mexico all conspiring to take our guns away. When Mr. LaPierre's recorded message was over, a real live person asked me the following, as I remember it. I don't have the recording: Should 3rd world dictators & Hillary Clinton be allowed to dictate gun ownership in the US? I couldn't believe what I was hearing and responded by saying that's a loaded question and as a multiple gun owner a question like that insults my intelligence. The NRA person told me he disagreed with my opinion and I told him this was still a free country and he could disagree with what ever he wished, and so could I.
It's this sort of stuff that's firing up the right wing base and don't be surprised when a NRA member actually shoots to kill those that disagree with him or her.