Chris Matthews Laments 'Tea Party' Thinking On Gun Issues "If we could go to the people who concerned about safety... and the people who are concerned about reasonable American life, is it a real threat to the gun owner? Not just the gun owner who believes in hunting. That's the easy part because hunters don't go with these kinds of rifles. The 2nd Amendment person really does believe they face a threat down the road from the government. How do you talk to that person and say, "You know, the kind of caliber weapon is really not going to make that much difference in terms of your personal ability to resist the government at some point.' But they'll say, 'No, it does matter. I wanna have a semi-automatic to defend myself against the government when it comes. And that sort of ideological reality, which is connected to the Tea Party, and all the guys to had to come to those rallies. Remember? They had to bring guns to the rallies. This is tied in to ideology, not just hunting licenses."