The blood libel is a centuries old antisemitic lie that Jews engaged in the ritualistic killing of non-Jewish children to take their blood and drink it/use it in the Passover Matzo/etc. It was given new life in the modern area by Arabs and Palestinians who have spread the lie that Israelis steal organs from Palestinian children to use a spare parts for sick Jews. This rumor even spread to Haiti after Israel sent a field hospital to aid in the international recovery effort after the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
In general the blood libel is one in a trend of antisemitic canards (stereotypical lies). Other common ones are that Jews control the media, control the banks, control the government, and are not patriotic or have dual loyalty to Israel and the nations of their citizenship. These lies have surfaced time and time again against the Jews and was justification for antisemitic attacks.
The French dragged out the accusation of disloyalty during the Dreyfus Affair. The Germans used all of them to justify the Holocaust.
The reality is these canards are ways for people who cannot rationalize the world around them and feel like they have no control over their own lives to scapegoat some other group for their problems.
“It’s not me or random chance, it’s the Jews who secretly control everything that’s the problem.”
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting it is EYE POPPING to watch almost all of these antisemitic canards dragged out against gun owners in general and the NRA in particular.
Kurt Eichenwald went to twitter to attack gun owners who own AR pattern rifles for wanting to kill American Troops.
Here is Joe Scarborough saying exactly the same thing on his show.
See, gun owners are disloyal to America and want to kill American soldiers.
Writer Brett Arends also questioned the loyalty of gun rights advocates. Either they support gun rights or they support mass shootings.
There is no room in these people’s minds for a person to be a law abiding, patriotic, gun owner.
Next is the conspiracy that the NRA – as some sort of nebulous entity – secretly controls Congress with money.
Here is a California state Rep explaining how all gun owners and gun rights advocates are collectively responsible for this one shooting because they control Congress.
In response to the news the Rep Steve Scalise would continue to support gun rights after being shot, this was the response by some on Twitter.
Forget principles, it’s all about the NRA money.
A writer for WaPo tried to explain, poorly, how the NRA owns Congress.
ZOMG!!! Only $3.5 Million since 1998, that’s…. nothing. But never mind that $3.5 Million is a drop in the ocean of political money, it’s NRA money and that’s bad.
The LA Times published an article making the same claims about how this shooting is caused by the NRA and “fist fulls of money.”
It’s not just Congress but the Media that the NRA controls. Apparently CNN things that the NRA is so powerful that we can’t even talk about gun control on TV.
Lastly, we have the idea that the NRA is a subversive force in America that works against her best interests.
The San Francisco Gate published an article how “White men with guns are America’s real terrorists – and the NRA is enabling them.”
Brett Arends said the same.
These are the same people who went out of their way to explain why Antifa is just a tiny little group and how they are not terrorists and never mind them anyway, the real “terrorists” to them are law abiding citizens who want to preserve a Constitutionally protected right and prevent the collective punishment of other US citizens.
These are the same conspiratorial lies over and over again. A small group of others – this time (generally not-Progressive) gun owners and the NRA – amasses some unparalleled political power through money to control the government and media, and is disloyal to America, putting their desires for power above the safety of poor non-NRA children.
Same shit, different scapegoat, and just as ugly, hateful, and bigoted.