By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- ”Michigan electors cite threats over Trump vote,” staff writer Michael Gerstein corroborated in a Thursday report. “The Detroit News verified one message containing a death wish and another containing a death threat, in which the person told [Michigan elector Michael] Banerian he would ‘put a bullet’ in his mouth.
Making threats just got a whole lot easier with the #NotMyPresident “Alliance” (why not “Axis”?) releasing a spreadsheet with personal information, including, in some cases, home addresses and telephone numbers of electors. One can only hope there’s deep pockets recovery for emotional stress cause by conspiracy in violation of U.S. Code, specifically:
“[I]f two or more persons conspire to prevent by force, intimidation, or threat, any citizen who is lawfully entitled to vote, from giving his support or advocacy in a legal manner, toward or in favor of the election of any lawfully qualified person as an elector for President or Vice President, or as a Member of Congress of the United States; or to injure any citizen in person or property on account of such support or advocacy… whereby another is injured in his person or property, or deprived of having and exercising any right or privilege of a citizen of the United States, the party so injured or deprived may have an action for the recovery of damages occasioned by such injury or deprivation, against any one or more of the conspirators.”
It’s a pretty natural tendency to think of the threats as coming from the lowest common denominator mob elements, the lunatic losers, the special snowflakes, and the rage-fueled non-achievers. Some recent tangentially-related stories tell us that’s not a safe assumption to make. Privileged “progressive” kooks harbor violent sentiments with the best of 'em.
“[G]etting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts,” network security firm PacketSled CEO Matt Harrigan threatened on Facebook, per BGR. “Find a bedroom in the White House that suits you [expletive deleted]. I’ll find you.
“I’m going to kill the President. Elect,” Harrigan doubled down. “Bring it secret service.”
They must have, because PacketSled reported Harrigan to them and, while he first floated the wholly unacceptable excuse that he was “joking,” (changing his story to blaming alcohol and claiming he was “drunk”), he ended up resigning. Whether criminal charges will be filed is unknown at this writing. As is whether PacketSled venture capital investors will sue to get their money back if the company’s impulse control-challenged former head honcho has irreparably damaged its value. And as is whether the City of San Diego really wants to be in bed with these guys.
“Film director Paul Schrader calls for ‘violence’ to stop Donald Trump,” Paul Joseph Watson reported, citing another Facebook rant. The guy is no slouch, having been involved in films like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Last Temptation of Christ.
“Upon consideration, I believe this is a call to violence,” Schraeder wrote, bemoaning that some evidently repay calls for violence against them in kind. “I felt the call to violence in the 60’s and I feel it now again.”
Upon further consideration, like after word got out (no thanks to the “mainstream media”, members of which were taking to their own social media feeds to call for “a presidential assassination”) and people started telling Schrader what a hateful loon they think he is, he retracted his statement, disavowed owning a gun and basically took the position that it’s time to accept that we’re all going to die by 2100 because of climate change. At least he didn’t say he was joking or drunk, although those excuses would make more sense.
Not quite in the same economic strata as a tech CEO and an A-list Hollywood filmmaker, university professors are not exactly underprivileged. But unlike Harrington and Schrader, Kevin Allred of Rutgers isn’t claiming he was joking or drunk or even reconsidering. He’s doubling down and claiming his exercise in “free speech” is what led to the cops hauling him into Bellevue for “a wellness check … based on comments he made in the classroom and on Twitter about killing white people.”
Interesting character, this Allred. You’ve gotta hand it to a guy who make a living teaching a course on Beyonce’s vast and thoughtful contributions to politics. Except he acts like his feedbag actually matters, instead of being one of the more ridiculous examples of the liberal arts racket. Whether any of the students shelling out serious money for tuition and expenses will ever recoup a dime of their investment via marketable skills remains unknown. Especially since there’s a good chance the snowflakes giving Allred high marks haven’t actually earned the lion’s share of their college costs if ratings justifications are any indicator:
“a class that you didn't have to do much of anything to get an A in … Doesn't believe in grades and is very lenient. No actual homework … He doesn't even lecture, we watch one or two of Beyonce's music videos and then we discuss them. There's only a one page paper due every week, and they're super easy… He lets us pick our own grades at the end of the semester…”
Real facepalmers, these privileged “progressive” headcases… Is it any wonder the politicians they would empower oppose the right of the people to keep and bear arms? Whether that’s due to projection, to knowing they can’t be trusted, to willful ignorance, to bubble-encased provincialism, or just to a seething inner totalitarian that lashes out at all who thwart its lusts, is as irrelevant as they are.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.