I give you the new president of the National Rifle Association. Let’s just put aside for a second that from all appearances this guy is just bat shit crazy. [Sorry, but that really does seem appropriate given the level of paranoia expressed in this video.] Jim Porter doesn’t need a weapon. He needs a diagnosis.
What I find interesting is Porter’s level of comfort in expressing his preferred interpretation of the Civil War in New York state. I suspect that very few people in this audience had any issue with his reference to a War of Northern Aggression and the close connection drawn between why the Confederacy fought the war and the reasons why it is necessary to arm and train the American populace in the use of firearms. In other words, this is a perfect example of politics trumping the extent to which regional identification still shapes Civil War memory.