Letter: Gun worshippers
Re “Free Staters aren’t terrorists” (Monitor letter, Aug. 6):
Former Free State Project president Varrin Swearingen carefully sidesteps the fact that members of the Free State Project worship their guns and have been directly responsible for firing up gun lovers in New Hampshire over the past several years. The recent display of gun-rights activists bullying anti-gun activists at the State House shows where all of this has been heading. I was even confronted by a gun activist in the parking lot of my local supermarket recently, something that would have been very unlikely 10 years ago.
The Free State Project has a stated goal (despite President Carla Gericke’s continual denial) to infiltrate state government and essentially dissolve its power over time. Members plan to have a profound effect on New Hampshire, with or without their guns. There are also many Free Staters who have come to the state as anarchists and are not interested in working within the system. They see the country heading for a major breakdown and are heading to New Hampshire, with their guns and their copies of the US Constitution, to take their last stand. I think it’s a giant question what some of the 20,000 of them planning to come here are prepared to do to defend their “freedom.”
I don’t think an armed tank is an appropriate response, but I can understand the concern it reflects.