“The man who left a package containing an unloaded semi-automatic rifle at the state Capitol — causing a full evacuation Thursday — has stepped forward to police, claiming he did not mean to cause alarm. His actions, he said, were meant to protest gun violence.” And what better way than by leaving a rifle in a coffin-shaped box with a wreath in the middle of the rotunda? Carl Cameron Crimefighter – who reportedly changed his Christian name so his kids would have a “cool” last name – hasn’t said much since he shut down the Utah capitol building . . .
As ksl.com details, capitol security personnel watched the whole thing unfold live and in living color (click the pic at top to view) and called in Utah Highway Patrol officers to find out what in the wide wide world of sports was going on. “A control room operator spotted him on surveillance video, and on-site troopers responded within 40 seconds.” When seconds count, the police are only 40 of them away. That was enough time, though, for Crimefighter to make like Elvis and leave the building.
The First Amendment is every bit as important as the Second. And whatever you think of Crimefighter’s tactics (which may still earn him a criminal charge, just as soon as Salt Lake City officials can dream something up) he was exercising his First Amendment rights here. But for deliberately leaving a firearm unattended in a public location, Mr. Crimefighter is our irresponsible gun owner of the day.