The above video from the Quartzsite Town Council meeting is busy going viral, demonstrating as it does a distinct lack of democracy and a surfeit of police intervention. Needless to say there’s a story behind the story. And a story after the story, wherein the bad guy of the piece (Town Councilman Joe Winslow) convinced a local justice of the peace to order cops to confiscate the firearms of local gem dealer and online entrepreneur Michael Roth. Reacting to the kerfuffle, “Roth allegedly glared at the councilman, blocked his entrance to Town Hall and called him a ‘turd,'” wnd.com reports. In actual fact, Winslow alleges that Roth said “Hey turd, where’s the keys to the arms locker?” Even if Roth’s comment was a threat, it looks like Winslow’s adopting a “takes a mentally unstable gun owner to know one” approach . . .
Winslow told [Justice of the Peace Karen] Slaughter what he wanted was that Roth and others with similar views “not be allowed to walk around armed. To me, I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist, but I have been diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) … that’s what I’m concerned with, that he’s gonna get so far into my personal space that I’m gonna react without thinking. I’m not making threats or anything like that. I’m not proud of that, but that’s the way I am” . . .
Ironically, despite Winslow’s self-expressed aversion to firearms and desire to confiscate Roth’s weapons, the councilman admitted he had recently gone gun shopping for himself.
“I felt it necessary for me to go out and purchase a gun, and I did,” Winslow said. “I went out and bought a 12-gauge shotgun. I don’t like it. I don’t like being in that position.”
There’s nothing quite like democracy inaction. I mean, in action. I think. Here’s the audio of the Slaughter’s slaughter of Roth’s Second Amendment rights.