Should I have said "savage rhetoric," or "savage language" to give a more accurate description. I was clear that it was language I was talking about, and that the problem was that as the bill passed it was becoming clear that the Republicans and their commentators were trying to ratchet beyond language into action. Once the Bill passed, exactly how violent the language was became clear, and the level of rage that language had generated among the folks of the Radical Right had become clear.
From the English perspective things appear more orderly because you are, forgive me, English. This means that you don't have people walking around some areas of your country packing legal pistols in their boots and in their pocket books, and having muptiple semi-automatic rifles in gun safes at home and on frequent occasions hanging in gun racks in the rear windows of their trucks.
Nor do you have a fair number of people who have been able to convert these semi-automatic rifles to fully automatic assault rifles by kits that can be bought at many of the legal gun shows that crop up all over the country.
Admittedly, you do have a rough and ready yeomanry who will take to the streets with clothyard shafts and longbows at the drop of a hat, and take down the occasional King's deer. . . no, no, no, what am I thinking. A rough and ready army of Pikemen, ready to take to the streets. . . well, a large, surly group of aging mods and rockers that will generally be easily containable by bobbies to deal with, and the occasional large group of basically unarmed protesters that will need a brisk dispersal by a flying squad.
When you've got gun-totting loonies who get together to practice fighting the black-hellicopter riding forces of the UN which they confidently expect will come momentarily swooping down from their New York lairs to round them all up and ship them to concentration camps, let me know. We've got more firearms that people over here, smartie pants, and the Republicans and their little friends are stoking the paranoia of their owners as swiftly as their buddies at Fox News can manage to do so.
The rhetoric directed at the President includes stuff that's fully capable of getting somebody to take a shot — literally — at assasinating him.
The estimate you're making, I repeat, is an English estimate, not an American estimate.
I cannot tell you how very sorry I am to disagree with you on this very important point.