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“The Turner Diaries” and Gun Control: Progressives Playing Into the Hands of The Leaderless Resistance

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COMMENT: In the wake of the mass shoot­ings of the past two weeks, we have heard the pre­dictable and mount­ing cries for gun con­trol. 

(We note that, in addi­tion to the racist man­i­festo of Mr. Cro­sius, the alleged El Paso shoot­er, Gilroy Gar­lic Fes­ti­val gun­man San­ti­no Legan was moti­vat­ed by Nazi/White Suprema­cist ide­ol­o­gy.) We will explore the Lead­er­less Resis­tance strat­e­gy, the inter­net and relat­ed top­ics more ful­ly in an upcom­ing pro­gram.

Suf­fice it to note for our pur­pos­es here that The Turn­er Diaries, a how-to blue­print for the para­mil­i­tary Nazi/racist right has gun con­fis­ca­tion as the start­ing point for the suc­cess­ful upris­ing by The Order. The fact that out­right con­fis­ca­tion of firearms has not been pro­posed (nor would such a thing pass Con­gress or the courts), ANY gun con­trol leg­is­la­tion will play into “The Turn­er Diaries” meme with­in the echo cham­ber of the right-wing and Nazi media and inter­net echo cham­ber. 

Indeed, Christchurch (NZ) shoot­er Brent Tar­rant appears to have intend­ed his act, in part, to spur gun con­trol mea­sures as fur­ther moti­va­tion for like­mind­ed asso­ciates in the Lead­er­less Resis­tance. Sure enough, that nation’s gov­ern­ment respond­ed by prompt­ly insti­tut­ing restric­tions on  firearms own­er­ship.

Again, these sub­jects will be explored in greater depth in pro­grams to be record­ed in a cou­ple of weeks.

Key points of inter­est to be con­sid­ered:

  1. Glenn Green­wald ran legal inter­fer­ence for the Lead­er­less Resis­tance, deflect­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty of civ­il lit­i­ga­tion against media out­lets and insti­tu­tions advo­cat­ing racist vio­lence.
  2. Turn­er Diaries author William Luther Pierce direct­ly fore­shad­owed the 9/11 attacks in a 1998 radio pro­gram: “ . . . . In one chill­ing com­men­tary Pierce, (after not­ing that Bin Laden and the rest of the lost gen­er­a­tion of angry Moslem youth had it with their par­ents’ com­pro­mis­es and were hell bent on revenge against infi­del Amer­i­ca) issued this stark, prophet­ic warn­ing in a 1998 radio address titled, ‘Stay Out of Tall Build­ings.’ ‘New York­ers who work in tall office build­ings any­thing close to the size of the World Trade Cen­ter might con­sid­er wear­ing hard hats . . .’ Pierce warned. . . . .”
  3. The cli­max of The Turn­er Diaries is a low-lev­el, sui­cide aer­i­al attack on the Pen­ta­gon, which occurs on the German/Nazi day of destiny–November 9th. QUICK: How would a Ger­man write the date Novem­ber 9th? ” . . . . Novem­ber 9, 1993. It’s still three hours until first light, and all sys­tems are ‘go.’ I’ll use the time to write a few pages—my last diary entry. Then it’s a one-way trip to the Pen­ta­gon for me. The war­head is strapped into the front seat of the old Stear­man and rigged to det­o­nate either on impact or when I flip a switch in the back seat. Hope­ful­ly, I’ll be able to mange a low-lev­el air burst direct­ly over the cen­ter of the Pen­ta­gon. Fail­ing that, I’ll at least try to fly as close as I can before I’m shot down. . . . . Thus end Earl Turner’s diaries, as unpre­ten­tious­ly as they began. His final mis­sion was suc­cess­ful, of course, as we all are remind­ed each year on Novem­ber 9—our tra­di­tion­al Day of the Mar­tyrs. . . .”
  4. In The Turn­er Diaries, Earl Turn­er, a mem­ber of the Nazi ter­ror group The Order fan­ta­sizes about bring­ing down a 100-sto­ry sky­scraper in mid­town Man­hat­tan” . . . . “47 years lat­er the Hitler wor­ship­per William Pierce (born 1933) tells in his right-wing ter­ror­ist nov­el ‘The Turn­er Diaries’ of a right-wing extrem­ist Kamikaze-ing an air­plane into the Pen­ta­gon. In an apoc­a­lyp­tic scene Pierce rejoic­es over the destruc­tion of the cen­ter of the world cap­i­tal-con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed, Jew­ish-dom­i­nat­ed New York. The neo-Nazi, writ­ing under the alias Andrew Mac­Don­ald, says he desires to see the ‘100 floors of the sky­scraper’ fall. Pierce’s book [The Turn­er Diaries] is a utopi­an fan­ta­sy, pro­mot­ed as a neo-Nazi Bible world-wide, as the pub­li­ca­tion of the diaries of the US-Amer­i­can right-wing extrem­ist Earl Turn­er found in the years 2091 dur­ing exca­va­tions of the ruins of Wash­ing­ton, 100 years after the nation­al rev­o­lu­tion of 1991–93. . . .”
  5. Andreas Strass­meier, the appar­ent mas­ter­mind of the Okla­homa City Bomb­ing, was try­ing to secure a Lufthansa 747 at one point. For what?! Cer­tain­ly that would not have been for land­ing on an obscure, rur­al airstrip while smug­gling con­tra­band. The Okla­homa City Bomb­ing was also inspired by The Turn­er Diaries.
  6. Unless the shoot­ers have crim­i­nal and or psy­chi­atric his­to­ries, back­ground checks will be use­less in pre­vent­ing the assaults. 
  7. It will be inter­est­ing to see if, even­tu­al­ly, back­ground checks will involve perus­ing prospec­tive gun buy­ers’ online activ­i­ty.
  8. Although ban­ning assault rifles will dimin­ish the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a would-be mass shoot­er obtain­ing the weapons, a  perp-to-be could obtain one ille­gal­ly, or obtain a shot­gun, which can still do a lot of dam­age.

1. The Turn­er Diaries; “Andrew Mac­don­ald;” Bar­ri­cade Books, Inc. [SC] 1996; Copy­right 1978, 1980 William Pierce; ISBN 1–56980-086–3.

Chap­ter 1 Sep­tem­ber 16, 1991. Today it final­ly began! After all these years of talk­ing-and noth­ing but talk­ing-we have final­ly tak­en our first action. We are at war with the Sys­tem, and it is no longer a war of words. I can­not sleep, so I will try writ­ing down some of the thoughts which are fly­ing through my head. It is not safe to talk here. The walls are quite thin, and the neigh­bors might won­der at a late-night con­fer­ence. Besides, George and Kather­ine are already asleep. Only Hen­ry and I are still awake, and he’s just star­ing at the ceil­ing. I am real­ly uptight. I am so jit­tery I can bare­ly sit still. And I’m exhaust­ed. I’ve been up since 5:30 this morn­ing, when George phoned to warn that the arrests had begun, and it’s after mid­night now.

I’ve been keyed up and on the move all day. But at the same time I’m exhil­a­rat­ed. We have final­ly act­ed! How long we will be able to con­tin­ue defy­ing the Sys­tem, no one knows. Maybe it will all end tomor­row, but we must not think about that. Now that we have begun, we must con­tin­ue with the plan we have been devel­op­ing so care­ful­ly ever since the Gun Raids two years ago. What a blow that was to us! And how it shamed us! All that brave talk by patri­ots, “The gov­ern­ment will nev­er take my guns away,” and then noth­ing but meek sub­mis­sion when it hap­pened. On the oth­er hand, maybe we should be heart­ened by the fact that there were still so many of us who had guns then, near­ly 18 months after the Cohen Act had out­lawed all pri­vate own­er­ship of firearms in the Unit­ed States. It was only because so many of us defied the law and hid our weapons instead of turn­ing them in that the gov­ern­ment was­n’t able to act more harsh­ly against us after the Gun Raids. I’ll nev­er for­get that ter­ri­ble day: Novem­ber 9, 1989.

They knocked on my door at five in the morn­ing. I was com­plete­ly unsus­pect­ing as I got up to see who it was. I opened the door, and four Negroes came push­ing into the apart­ment before I could stop them. One was car­ry­ing a base­ball bat, and two had long kitchen knives thrust into their belts. The one with the bat shoved me back into a cor­ner and stood guard over me with his bat raised in a threat­en­ing posi­tion while the oth­er three began ran­sack­ing my apart­ment. My first thought was that they were rob­bers. Rob­beries of this sort had become all too com­mon since the Cohen Act, with groups of Blacks forc­ing their way into White homes to rob and rape, know­ing that even if their vic­tims had guns they prob­a­bly would not dare use them. Then the one who was guard­ing me flashed some kind of card and informed me that he and his accom­plices were “spe­cial deputies” for the North­ern Vir­ginia Human Rela­tions Coun­cil.

They were search­ing for firearms, he said. I could­n’t believe it. It just could­n’t be hap­pen­ing. Then I saw that they were wear­ing strips of green cloth tied around their left arms. As they dumped the con­tents of draw­ers on the floor and pulled lug­gage from the clos­et, they were ignor­ing things that rob­bers would­n’t have passed up: my brand-new elec­tric razor, a valu­able gold pock­et watch, a milk bot­tle full of dimes. They were look­ing for firearms! Right after the Cohen Act was passed, all of us in the Orga­ni­za­tion had cached our guns and ammu­ni­tion where they weren’t like­ly to be found. Those in my unit had care­ful­ly greased our weapons, sealed them in an oil drum, and spent all of one tedious week­end bury­ing the drum in an eight-foot-deep pit 200 miles away in the woods of west­ern Penn­syl­va­nia. But I had kept one gun out of the cache. I had hid­den my .357 mag­num revolver and 50 rounds of ammu­ni­tion inside the door frame between the kitchen and the liv­ing room. By pulling out two loos­ened nails and remov­ing one board from the door frame I could get to my revolver in about two min­utes flat if I ever need­ed it. I had timed myself. But a police search would nev­er uncov­er it. And these inex­pe­ri­enced Blacks could­n’t find it in a mil­lion years. . . .

2. “Shit­post­ing, Inspi­ra­tional Ter­ror­ism and the Christchurch Mosque Mas­sacre,” by Robert Evans; Belling­cat; 3/15/2019.

. . . . At mul­ti­ple points in the man­i­festo the author express­es the hope that his mas­sacre will spark fur­ther attempts at gun con­trol in the Unit­ed States, which he believes will lead to gun con­fis­ca­tion and a civ­il war. . . .

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