Though, make no mistake, this is not a gun issue. These aren't hunting rifles, but are assault rifles designed to kill human beings. They are there to intimidate, just like the Taliban is doing now during Afghanistan's elections.
Preach. It's typical white panic cloaked as gun rights. Most 2nd Amendment nutjobs aren't really fighting for the rights for weapons for REAL hunting. They want to keep their xenophobic doomsday scenario cache of assault weapons.
I grew up in the OH/WV/KY tristate part of Appalachia. That area has thousands of these people. I encountered a lot of them through my dad's farm. Many of them raised their own animals and so they needed hay/grains...which we sold. There were some doozies.
I knew a guy who'd been building and then maintaining a bunker in the side of a mountain (next to his trailer no less) since the mid 80s. At first he feared commies...by the mid 90s he feared his own government - socialized health care, black helicopters, etc. (The Republicans did a good job of transferring Red fear into fear of Others and our own government.)
The last time I spoke to him was the summer after the Oklahoma City bombing. He was convinced - through the newsletters and such those groups circulated back in the day - that the federal building McVeigh bombed was the home of some sort of conspiracy, etc. (A lot of the paranoia surrounded medical experiments, etc. Very X-Files type paranoia for a lot of them. Complete mistrust in government, diverting their attention as corporations took over the country and the world.) I asked him how that justified killing all those innocent government workers and kids. He completely flew off the handle about taxes and those people were in on it, etc. Completely nuts. I told my dad he'd do well to not trust having that guy around the farm, what with all the chemicals we stocked.
But really, so much of it is, frankly, white fear. Fear of the other, fear of blacks, etc. Almost all of them I knew were blatant racists and xenophobes. (Although it was only later on I started to see religion creeping into it. In the 80s and early 90s most of them didn't care for religion, but as evangelical stuff made advances and became political in the late 90s, the freepers seemed to latch onto it and add the Bible to the canon of justifications for their lunacy.)
To this day, I cannot relate to or understand that fear. So what if the US becomes a white minority country. How is that a bad thing? It's quite bizarre and irrational. But then, fear usually is.