Due to the shooting rampage of Larry McQuilliams in Austin, Texas, the chief of police has released a very controversial statement. Forty-nine year old McQuilliams tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate and Federal Courthouse, as well as shooting at police headquarters, injuring no one and resulting in no fatalities but his own. The convicted felon fired off about 200 rounds before being fatally shot by police as he fired at headquarters. After his death, police stated that McQuilliams harbored “extremist right-wing views” and “appeared to be planning a bigger attack on churches and government facilities.” Some believe it to be a set-up by gun control advocates to back up their claim that “we will take your guns.”
The statement released by Chief Art Acevedo asked community members to turn in friends and family members that seemed to be “gun enthusiasts” to prevent a rampage from happening again. However, most “gun enthusiasts” are the type that hope they never have to actually use their gun on another human being, a “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” type mentality. Most “gun enthusiasts” would only use their weapon against another human being in self-defense.
According to Chief Acevedo and the author of the article “We Are Coming for Your Guns and We Will Take Them” , gun owners are some kind of terrorist waiting for an opportune moment to unleash hell. He told the public:
“And that’s why it’s important for us as Americans to know our neighbors, know our families – tell somebody. If you know somebody that is acting with a lot of hatred towards any particular group – especially if it’s somebody you know is a gun enthusiast or is armed with these types of firearms and they’re showing any kind of propensity for hatred – it doesn’t mean we’re going to take them to jail, but we might want to vet these people.”
In a society where “hatred” now means accidentally glaring at a thin-skinned person because your contacts are dry, it seems the police will be “vetting” anyone and everyone.
Tea Party News Network reporter Greg Campbell gave his view on Acevedo’s statement in an article on the news site.
“Everybody wants to help stop violence and mass killings, but what Acevedo demonstrates is a shocking and anti-American sentiment: Our civil rights are not to blame for violence and we should not feel compelled to inform on our neighbors like a modern day Stasi. What Acevedo highlights as suspicious behavior is carefully tailored to target those who enjoy their Second Amendment rights. Many patriots are justifiably angry about the direction our nation is heading; many of these same patriots arm themselves with a variety of weapons (as is their right). These beliefs and actions should not subject them to enhanced scrutiny from the authorities or from friends and family and any such assertion by a law enforcement agent is both insulting and opposed to our rights as Americans.”
Jay Syrmopoulos, contributor to FreeThoughtProject.com tells his side:
“To take the exercising of civil rights, protected by the First and Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, and turn them into something that makes someone a suspect, or person of interest for law enforcement, is disingenuous to every principle of freedom the U.S. was founded upon and a very dangerous precedent to set. The First Amendment specifically covers people holding ‘extreme’ views, even if these views are unpopular or perhaps repugnant and vulgar. The unpopular or ‘extreme’ opinions held by individuals are protected under the U.S. Constitution, and specifically the Bill of Rights. Those with unpopular political ideas have always borne the brunt of governmental repression, hence the Founding Fathers creating a Constitution to protect this type of speech in the first place.
Acevedo’s statements seem like a continuation of a narrative that has been all too common in recent years, as seen in the MIAC report, which claimed that potential terrorists include people who own gold, Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, and even people who fly the U.S. flag. Then in 2012 there was a leaked Homeland Security study that claimed Americans who are ‘reverent of individual liberty’ and ‘suspicious of centralized federal authority’ are possible ‘extreme right-wing’ terrorists…
The idea that holding beliefs outside the mainstream is suspicious and warrants investigation by law enforcement should raise red flags for all Americans about the increasingly totalitarian nature of our government…
These ideas being forwarded by Acevedo and the federal government are offensive, repugnant and fly in the face of liberty, justice and freedom, and are closer aligned to a modern day Gestapo than a government ‘for the people, by the people.'”
American citizens are not silent regarding this announcement by Acevedo, either. Twitter blew up with feedback to his announcement Thursday:
“@ArtAcevedo Shall not be infringed!”
4:31 PM 4 Dec 14
“@technoronin Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, is going to have a very TOUGH time getting any of his NAZI ideas to work anywhere in Texas.”
5:16 PM 4 Dec 14
“@ArtAcevedo wants to vet gun enthusiasts…you know like the Nazis vetted the Jews or Stalin vetted those that he killed. Austin be proud.”
5:41 PM 4 Dec 14
“@ArtAcevedo Really, you want to ‘vet gun enthusiasts”? Well, Title 10 section 311, Title 18 section 2338…you’re inciting rebellion, b****”
5:51 PM 4 Dec 14
What do you think will happen? A Second Revolution? A communist America? Or will government leaders finally stand up for the American people and their God-given, not government-given, rights?