A few weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine was stopped by police in Temple, Texas, close to Ft. Hood, and arrested him for carrying an unconcealed rifle slung over his shoulder. Texas is a right-to-carry state, and law-abiding gun permit owners can carry rifles and hunting weapons openly, so long as the weapons are not being carried in a threatening way. According to CJ Grisham, he was out hiking with his son. I can’t imagine anyone would find this threatening, but apparently the police did. They confiscated his property and arrested him, coincidentally, after CJ apparently rattled some cages by publicly demanding that local officials do their job and uphold the Second Amendment rights of citizens.
CJ’s son got some video of the encounter, in which the Temple police tell him his only crime was alarming some hoplophobes in the area by “threateningly” carrying a rifle slung over his shoulder.
“In this day and age, [people] are alarmed when they see someone with what you have,” one of the officers tells Grisham in the video. “They don’t care what the law is.”
“When you alarm people, and they call us,” one of the officers in the video begins to say, after Grisham asks why the officiers failed to ask for his concealed-carry permit.
“And did you explain to them what the law is, sir?” Grisham asks.
“They don’t care what the law is,” the officer replies. Graham then shoots back, “Do you care what the law is?”
“In this day and age, they’re alarmed when they see somebody with what you have,” the officer replies.
“Just because a guy has got a firearm, he’s dangerous?” Grisham asks, drawing the reply, “Yes, sir.”
One of the officers tells Grisham he was “rudely displaying” the rifle.
Got that? People don’t care about the law, and exercising this law is rude and will be punished. This is what the Temple Police department apparently think.
Not only that, but according to this story, these authoritarian fucksacks somehow acted to protect themselves. That’s right. A guy is walking along with his son, with his rifle slung over his shoulder is apparently a threat.
That’s the way they apparently work over there, according to some Soldiers.
The conflict between law enforcement and armed military personnel in the community around Fort Hood, one of America’s largest military bases, has recently and repeatedly involved the issue of gun control — and the tension has been exacerbated in part by an Obama-supporting prosecutor described as a “bandleader” of anti-gun efforts in the heavily conservative community.
And it certainly sounds like CJ Grisham got caught in this particular crossfire – an overzealous, gun-grabbing, Obama supporting prosecutor versus a community of military members who not only treasure their rights, but fight to protect them.
Let’s hope the Constitution, our rights and our freedoms win in this case. CJ’s fundraising page is here. He’s fighting for all our rights.