Speaking as one scrupulously-law-abiding citizen who doesn’t do anything, ever, that would endanger the status of his concealed handgun license, I’m scratching my head over Greeley, Colorado school board member/DJ Brett Reese and his behavior. Well, kinda. You see, it also turns out he’s apparently a far-right whack job (hey, MikeB302000, we found one!), who’s got a hair up his…um…ejector port about the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, among other things . . .
In fact, his radio station is airing an editorial to that effect (I’ll spare you the vitriol and slanderous statements here), on his radio station, KELS-FM. Who knew Colorado even HAD right-wingers, much less right-wing extremists? Anyway. what put Mr. Reese in the category of former CHL holders: an outburst where he threatened a rival radio station sales manager with a ‘shootout,’ if he continued to try and poach Reese’s sponsors.
Listen people: a little heads-up here. We may live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, but if you want to be able exercise your 2nd Amendment rights, you have to play by the rules. And since far too many people see “the norm” as “no guns,” in order to carry one, you have to act in a responsible manner. Like not threatening people with a shootout. Duh.
From what I’ve read, Reese seems to be an odd duck, to say the least. (Of course I suspect that’s also what acquaintances said about Jared Lee Loughner before last week, so you never know.) While he claims to be anything but a bigot, his editorial has his fellow school board members up in arms.
Now, I personally find the deification of Martin Luther King, Jr. to be at once misguided, understandable, and kind of silly. King strikes me as a man who would have had none of that. Everything I know about the guy suggests that he wasn’t some pompous buffoon who pretended to be better than the rest of us (a message lost on his inner circle and heirs to his movement), but a Gandhi-esque figure who was genuinely trying to make life better for blacks in this country.
And he accomplished a lot, albeit much of that success came about because of his martyrdom. And equality is good for everybody, white, black, Latino, and every other minority.
That’s King the public figure. King the private man, doesn’t really matter much to me. (I care about living leaders that lie, cheat, steal, or commit adultery, but the dead ones just don’t bother me that much.) But there’s no doubt about it, King had the proverbial feet of clay.
Fighting the tide towards deification at this point is gonna get you nowhere. (Don’t you find it a little odd, though, that the same people that want to strike the Founding Fathers names off buildings for having owned slaves [as did most landowners in the South at the time] are the same ones trying to award virtual sainthood to MLK, given his documented philandering, [which most ministers DON’T do] et cetera? Still…)
I don’t see someone pointing out facts to be inherently racist—which seems to be the knee-jerk reaction of anyone who dares suggest that King was anything but a saint and a martyr. But this guy is obviously going way past facts and arguing like some kind of mad zealot.
But when someone – anyone – decides to threaten another human being (especially publicly) and has a permit to carry around a gun, I think we have to applaud the sheriff for taking the step to pull the guy’s ticket. Reese’s behavior was irresponsible at best. I understand his anger at another station poaching his advertisers. But you don’t shoot someone over that – or threaten to do so. That’s just stupid. And reckless.
So, lets gird ourselves for the onslaught of comments from the Left. I can hear them now: See! SEE! This guy’s a looney! And he had a permit! That means ALL CHL holders are loonies! Burn them! Burn them! Or turn them into newts, or something.
Of course, I expect the Anti-Gun Nimrods of the Left to be vewwy quiet on the little dust-up where one of the Giffords shooting victims (and an aide-de-camp to Giffords) went all Travis Bickel on a Tea Party representative, threatened his life, and ended up under “observation” at the nearest psycho ward. (Gotta love the irony, though.)
Still I gotta call ’em as I see ’em, and when somebody – anybody – screws up, I don’t care which side of the political aisle they’re on, we need to make sure that we follow the law. And in this case (in the words of Monty Python), it’s a fair cop.