A couple of readers sent me this after my recent post about Starbucks being safer than Fort Hood.....
Ever notice how much some government entities hate competitors? Like, the U.S. Post Office is about to go broke, but won't allow anyone else to carry 1st class mail? Remember when FDR wouldn't allow citizens to own gold, because they would've abandoned the dollar? Or, in the case of guns.....
Gun rights advocates have a California police detective in their crosshairs after he apparently posted comments on Facebook advocating that "open carry" supporters should be shot.
East Palo Alto Police Det. Rod Tuason apparently posted the remarks on his Facebook page in response to a friend's status update, which suggested that gun advocates who carry unloaded weapons openly — which is legal in California — should do so in places like "Oakland, Richmond and East Palo Alto" and not just in "hoity toity" cities.
"Haha we had one guy last week try to do it!" Tuason replied. "He got proned out [laid face-down on the ground] and reminded where he was at and that turds will jack him for his gun in a heartbeat!"
Let's get one thing straight here. Which would you rather have with you if you had to live in Oakland, Richmond, or East Palo Alto? A pistol, or Detective Tuason's cell phone number?
Several comments later, the detective suggested shooting the gun rights advocates, some of whom have carried firearms openly in recent weeks in California's Bay Area, particularly at Starbucks locations.
"Sounds like you had someone practicing their 2nd amendment rights last night!" Tuason wrote. "Should've pulled the AR out and prone them all out! And if one of them makes a furtive movement … 2 weeks off!!!" -- referring to the modified duty, commonly known as desk duty, that typically follows any instance in which an officer is investigated for firing his weapon.
Sigh.....These are our employees. How much time off would this clown get if we started acting like employers? I suspect it would be more than two weeks.
Those comments caught the attention of a California attorney and blogger, as well as a Virginia man who started a Facebook group calling for Tuason's termination.
John Taylor, whose Facebook group had 54 members as of midday Friday, said the Facebook thread confirmed gun owners' worst fears.
As of Sunday afternoon, it has 1,900 members. Hit the link. But that's nothing to quibble over.
"Any sworn officer who suggests shooting law-abiding citizens for exercising their most basic constitutional rights deserves the full wrath of America's gun owners," Taylor told FoxNews.com. "It's an affront."
What we have here is a free speech vs 2nd Amendment vs freedom of contract issue. Detective Tuason should have the right to say what he wants to say about shooting citizens. I say, let him say whatever he wants. The 2nd Amendment states that we can keep and bear arms without having to worry about Det. Tuason shooting us. And "freedom of contract" implies that the unfortunate citizens of whichever city Tuason works for should be able to fire his butt back into the private sector whenever they please.
I see no reason why this can't be resolved quickly.
Go here for a screen shot of the conversation. The picture of the Glock in a not-quite open carry situation came from Free Market Fairy Tales.