Ah good an update to the case I have been talking about. I should have been paying more attention to the threads.
TDOS had no right to take his permit. I don't care what he did provocatively. As long as it was legal his permit should not have been taken. That opens up what I've been talking about in the other thread...bureaucrats with the right to arbitrarily revoke someone's rights for exercising
those very rights. That cannot be allowed to stand..no matter what one's personal
opinion is of another. Don't pick and choose or you lose.
I don't believe some of the more radical hype about this guy being a "plant" either. Not unless someone has empirical evidence to support such a radical theory.
I think this fellow just went too far trying to prove legal points, then apparently got completely abandoned by the Gun Rights community that is supposed to protect the Gun Rights of ALL people that are (truly not what some cardio doctor says)sane, legal citizens of this country.
There are no "classes" of people here. I've known some in Law Enforcement that seemed to think they were a higher "class" due to their duty to enforce the Constitution and the Protect the Rights of the People, though these fellows were on the "I'm a God" kind of thinking..rather more akin to the "I'm better than you." line of thinking. If they didn't wise up they didn't last as LEO's..or will end up in the papers one day.
Point being I do hope that isn't a psychological event that happens amongst Permit holders and "Club" members as well.
This fellow did some inadvisable things, but he broke no laws. That's really that for me. He doesn't deserve to have his permit suspended via arbitrary "decision" by TDOS period. It opens it up for other such "risks to public safety" letters in the mail.
Defend what he did? No, but point out it's not
illegal and point out why it should never be illegal. The guy didn't shoot anyone or point his weapon at anyone did he? Not that I heard.
Do I get abandoned by the entire community of Gun Rights "advocates" for having a long hair style and OC'ing if I get a letter in the mail after an undereducated Law Enforcement officer confronts me(purely hypothetical of course)? Will my long hair be "EVIL" and "provoking" as this fellow's "camo" was in the Park he went to with a Draco(must have been a Draco).
What about my black leather biker's jacket? I wear that when it's cool. I don't have a even parking ticket on my record either. Did this guy have any kind of criminal record at all? I did not hear that he did...and I'm sure that would have brought a more immediate response/suspension after his first escapade by TDOS.
To think of it that could have been me
. I walk/hike/ride in parks that allow carry and I carry openly. I think the park event happened in the fall(?), so I would have been wearing my black leather "biker's" jacket. My .45 automatic would have been fully visible on my side. Same undereducated person sees me...calls the cops for a guy with a black jacket and long hair with a pistol in the park. I may have got to be on the news perhaps instead of this guy for simply carrying my normal sidearm and had my license revoked for being a "risk to public safety". It could have easily have been me being hassled and detained based upon appearance profiling which is still practiced of course. I wouldn't have been carrying a draco, but I still would have had that "evil" long hair style and an "evil" black jacket.
Again I don't particularly agree with the provocative camo wear in the park with a slung Draco or him carrying a muzzle loader .44 near dusk down a street(still legal under the Tennessee Constitution at least at the time), but I don't agree with abandoning the guy to the wolves either. Counterproductive to allow them to convict the man of nothing in order to keep his license suspended. It has implications beyond this one man and his inadvisable, but legal
actions in exercising his Rights.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,(THEREFOR) the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. -2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution