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Bills, threats recall NC’s militia movement of the 1990s

Worth your time today: Susan Ladd, columnist for the News & Record in Greensboro, writing about how a recent story about conservatives calling for violence against Muslims at a meeting in Kernersville is eerily reminiscent of the 1990s militia movement.

From Ladd’s column:

If you are inclined to laugh at the picture of Tea Party members and conservatives gathered in a seafood restaurant preparing for a Muslim takeover of America, please don’t.

Some people had that reaction to the investigative series Stan Swofford and I reported about N.C.’s militia movement in 1995, shortly after the bombing of the Edward P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh. But this is the kind of conspiracy theory nonsense that gets people killed.

Jordan Green’s report of this meeting in Kernersville for Triad City Beat is eerily similar to the so-called Patriot Movement meetings Stan and I attended more than 20 years ago.

Read the whole column – particularly if, like me, you could use a reminder of North Carolina’s part in the militia movement.

It’s worth remembering now as some of the same N.C. lawmakers who are sponsoring bills to do away with concealed cary permits and other gun control measures are also pushing bills that would allow North Carolina to secede from the United States and warning of the possibility of a coming war with the federal government.

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