There are things in this country that can get you shot. Wearing a Klan robe in Harlem. Driving a blinged-out convertible through Watts. And apparently owning a non-union electrical company in the heart of union country.
Toledo, Ohio police are investigating the case of electrical contractor John King, who’s repeatedly been the victim of union-related violence. The owner of a once-small plumbing company, King has seen his business flourish, while union electricians are out-of-work, largely because they’ve priced themselves out of the market. Along the way, King’s seen his property vandalized, with his tires slashed countless times, one employee beaten by union thugs, and rocks thrown through windows. But these trying economic times have seen the union thuggery escalated to attempted murder.
From our friends at Red State:
Last Wednesday, however, the attacks on Mr. King became much more serious when he was awakened late in the evening at his home in Monroe County, Michigan and saw that the motion lights in his driveway had come on. When he looked out his front window, he saw a figure near his SUV and went outside.
As soon as he got outside his front door, King yelled at the individual who was crouched down by King’s vehicle. As soon as King yelled, the suspect stood and, without hesitation, fired a shot at Mr. King.
King stumbled, which possibly saved his life. He was able to retreat inside his home and dial 911. It was only later that he realized he’d been shot in the arm. Dispelling all theories to the contrary, police found a spent shell casing at the scene, along with a Swiss Army knife, and the word “SCAB” scratched into the side of King’s SUV.
Suspicion has fallen upon members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who are obviously taking the “hood” part of their name quite seriously. In 2006, King won a case against the IBEW in the U.S. Court of Appeals, after it ruled that the union had improperly promised jobs on union sites to King’s workers in an attempt to entice King’s workers to unionize.
What’s the takeaway here? I’d say that Mr. King is damned lucky to be alive. And if I were he, I’d look into beefing up security around my home and office. Oh, yeah. And apply for a concealed carry permit, and take full advantage of his Constitutional rights to self-defense.