I’ve noticed something the OpFor has become handy at: charge a citizen (that is, one who bears arms lawfully) with a bullshit trumped up charge of unlawful possession or brandishing or some such felonious bullshit, put them on trial and intimidate the jury into thinking they must convict the guy, then throw him in prison. When he raises holy hell in the press and the people demand his freedom, grant a commutation, not a full pardon. That way the OpFor can claim to have restored his freedom (he’s out of prison, after all) while denying him his right to bear arms, since he still has a felony conviction.
It worked with Brian Aitken, and in a more aggressive form with David Olofson, and now it has worked with Ward Bird in New Hampshire.
How would we go about countering this? Two methods come to mind. First, if we are lucky enough to get on the jury trying the guy, we pull a Henry Fonda and get the rest of the jury to acquit the victim. Second, as a personal preventative measure, we cache firearms (preferably paperless ones) in our locale. Third …
While we’re all watching the excitement in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen, this came across in my morning brief from the Wall St. Journal. Emphasis added:
While U.S. officials cautiously distanced themselves from Mr. Mubarak and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for transition to a “real democracy,” the Egyptian military still came in for praise. “They are acting professionally,” said Capt. John Kirby, a spokesman for Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “They are supporting the institutions of government and that is the proper role of the military.”
That would be this guy. Anyone with a warm fuzzy right now, please stand up to receive your appropriately delivered ridicule.
I don’t link to David Codrea often, but I should. His latest effort with Mike Vanderboegh is genuine reporting, the kind Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow used to do.
Consider the implications of the charges: federal officers, acting with authority from and the knowledge of their supervisors, knowingly sold firearms to people the government has declared to be our enemies, who then used those weapons in an attack on other federal officers, resulting in the death of Brian Terry. A coverup is alleged to have occurred when investigations were made of the facts of the matter.
That seems like a clear-cut example of “adhering to their Enemies,” if you ask me. I’m not a fan of the drug war, but selling weapons to those who would use them against you and your fellow citizens…
Didn’t they want to hang Benedict Arnold?