The American Third Position (A3P), a white supremacist political party, is promoting Gun Appreciation Day on its website. The January 19 event, sponsored by a number of pro-gun and Tea Party groups, urges Americans to go to their local gun store, gun range or gun show to demonstrate their support of gun ownership and their right to bear arms.
A3P was a co-sponsor of the event but the organizers apparently removed A3P’s name from the list of sponsors after Media Matters and other news outlets revealed the group’s extremist views. In its mission statement, A3P states that the group’s goal is “to restore and preserve the legitimacy of White identity, White heritage, and expressions of White interests.”
The leadership of A3P includes a number of well-known white supremacists and anti-Semites. Chairman William Johnson promoted a constitutional amendment to Congressional members and state legislatures in the 1980s that would have limited U.S. citizenship only to whites of European descent and repatriated various groups, including Jews, to places deemed their country of origin.
Other leaders of the A3P include Kevin MacDonald, an anti-Semitic professor of psychology at California State University at Long Beach; James Edwards, who runs a white supremacist radio show, The Political Cesspool; Don Wassall, a long-time white supremacist whose newspaper The Nationalist Times publishes anti-Semitic and racist articles; Virginia Abernathy, a white supremacist and anti-immigration activist, and Jamie Kelso, a racist and former associate of ex-Klan leader David Duke.
One of the A3P’s main goals is to appeal to mainstream audiences, and it attempts to do so using issues that are of concern to the general public. A3P’s attempt to participate in Gun Appreciation Day is part of this effort. Previously, the party has sought to exploit issues such as immigration and government spending at Tea Party events in different parts of the country.