The 8 Gun-Nuttiest Freakouts Over the Prospect of Obama Issuing a Few Modest Executive Orders
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“I don’t know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid?’” Someone posted a photo of his house online. There have been phony Google+ and YouTube accounts created in his name, messages on white supremacist message boards ridiculing the “emotional Jewish guy,” and dozens of blog posts and videos “exposing” him as a fraud. One email purporting to be a business inquiry taunted: “How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting.’ What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?”
“The quantity of the material is overwhelming,” he said. So much so that a friend shields him from most of it by doing daily sweeps of the Web so Rosen doesn’t have to. His wife is worried for their safety. He’s logged every email and every call, and consulted with a retired state police officer, who took the complaint seriously but said police probably can’t do anything at the moment; he plans to do the same with the FBI.
It turns out that this is pretty common silliness – there are apparently Sikh Temple Truthers, Aurora Truthers, etc.
6. You Gotta Fight For Your Right to Party (With Hand Grenades)
Occasionally, one comes upon a local sheriff who believes that he is the ultimate law of the land. These are members of the "sovereign citizens movement," who find special hidden clauses in the Constitution that legal scholars have missed for over 200 years. You may remember one of these nutjobs up in New Hampshire who made news by promising to use deadly force to stop legal abortions a few months back.
One of these very special sheriffs can be found down in Jackson County, Kentucky. Denny Peyman told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he has a “moral obligation” to ignore any new gun laws because of the Constitution!
“The sheriff has more power than the federal people,” Peyman said Saturday at a press conference. “They need to go back and study that. We’re a commonwealth, I can ask the federal people to leave and they have to leave. I can ask state people to leave and they have to leave.”
Peyman said he was even open to allowing people to own hand grenades “if it was necessary for self protection.”
Hey, you never know.
Peyman also seems to have decided that he doesn't need to fork over payroll taxes, or heed the rulings of local courts. According to the Herald Leader, “the court has called for an investigation and has set up a county police department. Peyman said he now has no deputies.” Sad trombone!
Oh, and there's another one of these totalitarian sheriffs in Washington State.
7. Take Your AR15 On a Nice Little Stroll
Warren Drouin and Steven Boyce appear to be a couple fries short of a Happy Meal. The duo thought it was a fine idea, with memories of the last mass shooting fresh in everyone's minds, to take a stroll through Portland with a couple of assault rifles.
"We support everyone's constitutional rights, but we ask that they exercise them responsibly," Simpson told the Associated Press.