Hacktivist group Anonymous has now spoken out against President Barack Obama’s intentions to enact wider gun control in the U.S.
In a 15-minute YouTube video, which first appeared on the social network two weeks ago, Anonymous criticized the Obama administration’s leveraging of violent gun crime to achieve its goal to control guns.
“Throughout history, authoritarian governments have used gun violence as an excuse to take people’s firearms and control their population,” said Anonymous.
“This is exactly what Adolf Hitler did to disarm the German people and look at the atrocities his administration did. Obama has been working hard to try and ban all semi-automatic weapons and shot guns while at the same time increasing the weapons and firepower that police and government agencies have.”
The video, which continued on to list various violent crimes and criticize the lack of media attention drawn to those instances, has since been replicated and posted on a number of other user accounts in recent days in anticipation over Obama’s executive actions for greater gun control.
The style, formatting and much of the content of the video closely mirrors an earlier video made by Anonymous in December in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
Some users on YouTube mocked the video, questioning its validity and origin, even suggesting that it came from the NRA.
Anonymous, however, has no ideology except an overall belief in the resistance to tyranny, government abuse and censorship.
No one person can speak for the group; instead, its amorphous nature allows anyone to take part in collective action under the banner of Anonymous.
“Just to clarify; Anonymous is neither pro or anti gun – we just are. Some people that make up Anonymous might be pro/anti gun.
#LuLz #YAN“, tweeted the Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account, @YourAnonNews, Wednesday.