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Most of the news concerning MAGA hats in recent days has been concerning bogus accounts of Trump supporters allegedly assaulting pedestrians in Chicago. And as we noted, some consider the red hats to be the modern equivalent of a Klan hood.

Yesterday, however, things were ratcheted up to a new level in a Bowling Green, Kentucky Sams Club when a verbal altercation over the hats resulted in a gun being drawn.

James Phillips allegedly flipped off a couple who were wearing the hats. One of the hat-wearers told Phillips that he had as much right to wear the hat as Phillips has to decide not to and returned the middle finger salute.

From wbko.com:

The police report confirms that the suspect, identified as James Phillips, admitted to flipping off (alleged victim Terry) Pierce and Pierce’s wife because of their hats.

Pierce tells 13 News that he was shopping with his wife when Phillips “Pulled a .40 caliber out and stuck it in my face, backed up and said, ‘It’s a good day for you to die.'”

Pierce went on to tell 13 News, “I said, ‘Then pull the trigger. Put the gun down and fight me or pull the trigger. Whichever one you want.’ And he backed up and he said it again, he said, ‘It’s a good day for you to die.'”

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James Phillips courtesy Warren County Regional Jail

Phillips apparently thought better of what he was doing and left the store. That’s when Pierce did something really stupid.

…Pierce followed him out into the parking lot.

“I went out the front of the store to confront him again and that’s when I got him in his car. He couldn’t leave because his mother was still in the store. And we were having a verbal altercation outside,” said Pierce.

Pierce added, “He tried telling me I assaulted him and I said, ‘I never touched you.'”

Fortunately police arrived and intervened before the situation escalated any further. The cops confirmed Pierce’s account using the store’s security camera video.

In the report, police say Phillips had a Glock .40 caliber with a round chambered in his back pocket and two additional magazines in another pocket. Police say Phillips has a current concealed carry permit in Tennessee, where he is from.

This appears to be a new escalation in the widespread infection that is media-driven Trump Derangement Syndrome. All over a red hat. How long will it be before someone actually pulls a trigger?

 

144 COMMENTS

    • It’s a wash:
      +1 He’s a radical liberal.
      +1 He hates Trump.
      +1 He confronts MAGA hat wearing supporters.
      +1 He’s was arrested for being a dissident (I know that’s not what he was arrested for but that’s what the news does to the narrative when this stuff happens)

      -1 He’s a gun owner.
      -1 He’s a legal owner.
      -1 He pointed a gun at the Trump supporters.
      -1 He’s white.

      This story will die quietly just like all the other stories where conservatives/Trumpies get attacked.

    • It passes the test for me me. I signed up for “moms demand action” in my area to see the kinds of things they say and tweet. I got a tweet a couple of months ago saying that CCL allows people to point guns at “anyone.”
      We all know Gun ban lobby nuts have NO IDEA what the laws re, or what facts, numbers are. So why would it be a surprise that they generally DO think a CCL is a licence to just pull brandish and threaten?

      By the way north of 90% of shootings occur in the less than half of the 3,000 US counties that are Democrat run and majority populated. So we know the further left you are the more violent you are.

      • the please explain NYC to me. Please. The city’s murder rate is 2/3 of all of Texas STATE. And then you have Alaska, yikes.

        Even in Chicago, if you are not black, the murder rate is low.

        • NYC proves gun control doe snot work. Its murder rate increased ten fold and then decreases 8 fold. It decreased not just gun murder but knife murder as well. That tells you it had nothing to do with NYC gun control.

          What NYC did do was massive stop and frisk, and very long imprisonment for tiny amounts of crack.

        • NYC is a huge outlier in terms of homicide and it’s hard for anyone to figure out just why. Heavy-handed policing may very well be part of it. But pretending that NYC proves gun control works while Baltimore shows the opposite with just as much gun control is intellectually dishonest.

        • Nearly three times as many people live in Texas so if your 2/3 is correct NYC has 2 times the murder rate of Texas per capita.

        • According to the last numbers I have seen, in NYC over 90% of gun violence perps, where the perp was ID’d, were either black or Hispanic.-

        • You’re the guy that argues a bump stock is a machine gun.

          Its obvious there’s no explaining anything to you.

        • “Even in Chicago, if you are not black, the murder rate is low.”

          This statement is disturbing on a number of levels. Not the least of which is because it’s pretty true.

        • “Stop and frisk” was clearly unconstitutional and was finally ruled to be just that. But, by that time it had massively changed the landscape in NYC, will take another decade for crime to climb back up. But it will, unless the city changes its voting habits.

        • Binder why don’t you go read the book I told you to read. Yes in this day and age it can pay to read actual books instead of Reddit.

        • you answered your own question.

          NYC’s murder rate is low (by big city standards) because of demographics: NYC has a smaller proportion of blacks than other big cities.

          same reason why Vermont – with ZERO gun control for most of its existence – had the lowest or 2nd lowest murder rate for many years.

      • Ted, regarding your ‘moms demand action’ comment. The League of Woman Voters had an informational gun violence meeting a a local library. The audience was not allowed to ask questions or comment at all. They had “statistics” that “proved” guns are evil. Some guy yelled “It’s the Russians” and the speaker actually said “Yes, they may be behind the NRA lobby”.

    • They will leave the politics out and say a Tennessee man with a concealed carry permit drew his gun on a shopper at a Sam’s club

    • Sounds like two morons collided at a Wal-Mart.

      Wearing a MAGA hat is a sure sign of a delusional state of mind, at least about Trump. But it is not a reason to assault anyone.

      Trump is scum. A different type than Clinton, but does not excuse him from his scumminess.

        • There is nothing Troll’ish in both supporting Second Amendment Rights and despising Trump.

          Wearing a MAGA hat is a foolish statement at best, not worthy of respect. As evidenced by the hat guy going after an armed nut to continue pushing his snowflakes around.

          Pulling a gun on someone over a political disagreement is worse. Even so, it was still a random collision of two idiots. Doesn’t do any of us any good at all.

        • You obviously can’t read, so I’ll lay it out for you. The gentleman with the MAGA hat neither follow nor continued the altercation once outside. The individual with the firearm cornered the hat wearing guy in his car. Also, do you think people are trying to earn respect by wearing a hat? I’m going to start wearing one just to see, firsthand, how unhinged most of the humans around me really are.

        • I obviously can’t read. Stupidity on both sides, no doubt. Why would you follow a loony fuck with a gun outside?

      • Trump has created polices that have significantly reversed bad trade deals, have created the conditions highest real employment in several lifetimes, and for a person in political office lied less than Obama or any prior president.
        Stop whining

        • @Ted he also added gun control. Did it through huge overreach. if it stands it will mean next time democrats are in control they can pretty much just make what ever rules they want if you think otherwise you are fooling yourself. He is as constitution abiding as a democrat. It was his one leg up on them for a lot of people. We should not trade economics for tyranny. Trump brings us closer to tyranny and socialism just because of the anti constitution moves. I don’t understand how you do not see that.

        • Trump has lied his fool ass off about enormous, and non-existent, trade deal successes. He has no actual wins, only bragging. The NAFTA replacement amounted to minor additions on problems that did not exist in the era when NAFTA was first created. All the original bad crap in NAFTA remain.

          The Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement? He bailed out and replaced it with nothing. Now all those countries have forged ahead and left us out of it. We pay more, they pay less, because Trump could not negotiate anything, at all and was too chickenshit to try.

          While I certainly do not believe we will get it, we desperately need Trump removed under the 25th Amendment. Replaced by President Pence. Not that he’s any prize but at least he’s not a hopeless, bragging, bald face liar of a supremely narcissistic man child.

      • People like you keep saying it but Trump is still doing nothing to oppress me. In fact he has improved my life in tangible ways. Just keep it up with your hatred. Someday it might be true

      • I do believe, if I decide to wear a MAGA hat (don’t currently own one, but …), I will also OC my .45 LC SAA. See if this kinda shit happens to me.

    • I felt compelled to do the same thing, so I bought the authentic MAGA hate from Trump’s website. Unfortunately the hat doesn’t fit very well. It’s gigantic. So I’ll keep it as a mantle piece, and buy an after-market MAGA hat that fits better should I feel compelled to ruffle some feathers in public.

    • Doesn’t have to be a MAGA hat. Any ol bright red baseball cap seems to work. I have one from a Diabetes walk that says Red Strider and had someone try to start something once. Then he got a good look at the cap and went oh, and told me I should not wear that color as it looks like a Trump hat.
      My reply SO?? seemed to go over his head as I walked away.

      • To Ken W. Same thing happened to my contractor in a Home Depot. Some guys came up to him and said “F*** Trump” Then saw the hat was a Cardinal’s hat, and said “Oh” and walked away.

        • That’s what has to happen when a large segment of the population becomes illiterate and can only tell who they should attack by color coding. Speaking of that, line up at my door for my newest invention: Make America Great Again….. GREEN hats!
          That ought to do it. For the illiterates out there, green means “good”. That should solve the problem, at least until the unwashed learn to read. Not much chance of that, though. If they can’t read by now, the odds of them going back to elementary skool (that’s how they say it, that’s how I write it) as a ‘adult’ are very low.

  1. Dude 1: angry enough to pull a gun over a hat.
    Dude 2: angry enough to not let it go even though Dude 1 is armed and clearly nuts
    USA: on the brink of a revolution brought about by idiots and asses. I’d like to opt out if at all possible.

  2. I would like to see both heads examined. Who pulls a gun over a hat? Who, unarmed, presses the issue with someone who pulls a gun over nothing?

    If the unarmed person had been shot, wonder if his dying words would have been, “But, muh rights.”

    • “Who, unarmed, presses the issue with someone who pulls a gun over nothing?”

      Maybe someone with something more precious than his own life to defend? Like someone he loves?

    • Who hangs on to a tuna sandwich while being beaten by MAGA hat wearing racists from Nigeria and getting doused in bleach and getting a rope tied around his neck in a -20 degree wind chill?

        • I may have been misinformed due to lack of interest. I thought it was around zero with a -20 wind chill, but still, who hangs on to a tuna fish sandwich while being beaten and doused with bleach? And if it was -20, what is the freezing temperature of bleach? Being pelted with bleach cubes could really hurt, I suppose.

          Also, not familiar with this particular neighborhood, but there are a lot of neighborhoods in Chicago where a couple white guys in MAGA hats would be the ones who were beaten. Of course if that happened nobody would know because the liberal media would bury that story in a deep grave.

    • If a physical fights, either with fists or guns, had ensued, MAGA man would not have been able to claim self-defense, on Texas, at least. The law would view him as having accepted the challenge and consented to the fight. On fact, since the anti is the one who disengaged and was followed outside, HE is the one who could claim self defense if this thing went wild.

      Think about that, folks, and regulate your emotions and behavior accordingly. Know the stakes. No mistakes.

      • Sticking a pistol in somebody’s face and repeatedly saying “it’s a good day for you to die” because you found their hat offensive is not self defense.

        • The point he’s making is that, in many jurisdictions, once the first encounter is broken off, starting a second encounter can change the definition of the aggressor and defender. The anti-Trumper was the aggressor in the initial encounter and committed multiple crimes, and the MAGA hat would have been justified in shooting him then and there. The anti-Trumper left the store, and the encounter was over, as was any claim of self defense by the MAGA hat (aggressor was no longer a threat). The MAGA hat confronting the anti-Trumper again is the initiation of a second encounter, except this time MAGA hat is the aggressor, and therefore no longer has a right to self defense. The anti-Trumper could then pull his gun out and legally shot MAGA hat in self defense if things had gotten out of hand, although anti-Trumper would still have to answer to crimes committed in the first encounter. The second encounter is a revenge by MAGA hat.

          Pursuing the bad guy that is getting away is a bad idea unless you can convince a jury that the encounter was ongoing (such as a running gun battle) and that you or someone else was in danger of death or bodily injury (such as BG carjacking a getaway vehicle).

      • Jonathan – Houston,

        You bring up an incredibly important point and nuance.

        Rather than following your attacker outside to continue the fight (accepting the challenge to mutual combat as you stated), you should be following your attacker to attempt a citizen’s arrest (for the felony that your attacker just committed) or to acquire identifying information for law enforcement.

    • Sam I Am,

      I certainly appreciate that many people would be incredibly reluctant to follow their attacker out of the store for several obvious (hopefully) reasons.

      I also appreciate that some people would follow their attacker out of the store in order to ensure the capture and prosecution of such a scumbag who just threatened their life for wearing an “offensive” hat.

      Remember the proverb, “All good people have to do for evil to succeed is to do nothing.” Fortunately for all of us, the victim in this case chose to do something to help ensure their dangerous attacker is less likely to threaten anyone else’s life.

  3. I wondered how long it would take before conservatives were being attacked on the streets (as opposed to at organized events … that’s already been in play for some time.)

    Now I know.

  4. Tennessee is being flooded by people fleeing Illinois, New Jersey and California. Davidson County/Nashville has been flipped deep, deep blue. Unfortunately, they bring their problems and sad voting habits with them. The Waffle House shooter was a known mental case from Illinois and was moved to Nashville, by his family, to escape the consequences of his actions in his home state. This reeks of another transplant with mental issues who thinks he’s a social justice warrior cowboy with a permit. Tennessee needs to impose a twenty year waiting limit for transplants to get a carry permit. That should nip this crazy in the bud.

  5. ‘How long will it be before someone actually pulls a trigger?’

    Well if it had been me in the MAGA hat a trigger would have been pulled, mine.

  6. I would’ve shot him in the fucking face right in the store. These punk ass liberals need to be careful, they may run into someone skilled one day..

  7. Seems to be a working strategy…members of a group or religion performing acts derogatory to their own group/religion to push their victimhood agenda.

  8. Guess what happens when someone flips me off or says something derogatory. Nothing , because it isn’t worth the time or trouble.

      • The unjustified gun in the face was an escalation in response the MAGA hat returning the bird. Maybe anti-Trumper may be so imbalanced that he would have done it without having been flipped off. Probably, nothing more would have happened had MAGA hat followed possum’s policy and just ignored him, instead of acting like he was on a school yard playground. Armed citizens (not that there’s any indication that MAGA hat was armed) need to hold themselves to a higher standard and try to avoid or deescalate situations. If someone bumps into you, steps on your foot, or spills your drink, you either shut up about it or apologize yourself — don’t puff up at the other guy and demand an apology, like the characters in a western movie saloon.

        • According to the story, the gunmen initiated the middle finger and the victim responded in kind. That’s when the gunman brandished his Glock.

        • Estrogen much? Ya….ok. The fucking asshole gave him the middle finger because he was wearing a hat. Guess what, give me the finger and you’ll get one right back, if I don’t rip yours off first and shove it up your ass. Funny though, because I’m 225 pounds and built because I lift weights on a frequent basis, nobody seems to have the balls to give me the finger when I’m wearing my MAGA hat. I treat the general public with a common courtesy, when it is blatantly disregarded towards me, I’ll stomp your fucking head into the sidewalk.

  9. “Pull the trigger or fight me.” Well, well, well, look at the big balls on Brad. That’s about the best quote I’ve read from an article in a while
    . Lol

  10. They’re BOTH idiot’s…but the gun pulling lunatic screams “puzzy”😄😊😏Following a woosh with a gun into a parking lot “challenging” him to a fistfight strains credibility…how hard is it to get a CCL in Kentucky? In nearby Indiana all you need is $ and a pulse for lifetime carry. Lot’s of leftards with liscense’s.

  11. If it happened as reported it demonstrates that it was not a MAGA hat wearer that pulled a gun. We are not dealing a couple of rocket scientists, following an armed guy out to the parking lot? According to the criminal laws of many, many states that dufus has now become the aggressor.

  12. Take heart folks – according to the Chiefest Loon (Loonette?) of all, (AOC) we’ve only got 12 more years to put up with this crap!

  13. 1) assault doesn’t require physical contact or harm- just a reasonable standard of being threatened with harm.
    2) the victim had every right to report the crime but should have excersised more caution. Perhaps calling 912 and getting a license plate number, etc… it was idiocy to follow the attacker for another confrontation.
    3) it’s absolutely true that modern democrats incite violence at the highest levels against any political or ideological adversaries. Most are political biggots and justify violence against those who think differently in the exact same way NAZI socialists did or democrat KKK did back in the day. The original lynch mobs were democrats. Republicans just want to be left alone. It’s the democrats which want to micromanage everyone else at the point of a gun (be it thugs or democrat controlled police departments killing citizens over stupid laws).

  14. As a black kentucky gun owner who wears a MAGA hat and open carries, I have had a black man give me a thumbs up. In a Sams Club. I have had white people thank me. With a worried look on their face, they say “you are a very brave person”.

    I know blacks have been attacked at Trump rallies, just because they are a black republican voter. History is repeating itself.

    The white Liberals and the white Left have ALWAYS BEEN RACIST. The problem is the vast majority NEVER speak up against their intolerant bigoted and racist brothers and sisters. That makes them part of the problem.

    The second amendment is becoming more important to me than the other 9. Other parts of the country may see things differently.

    And I’m not the only black person to open carry in Kentucky.

    I had to move out of a slave state, 21st century, California, and move to a former 19th century slave state, Kentucky, to get my gun civil rights. The irony is amazing. Some people are moving forward and some people are moving backward. California was a free state when it entered into the Union in 1850.

    • I’d wear a MAGA hat, but my family and I would recieve threats from the same Racists Liberals you speak of. BTW my ethnic background is Asian and Pacific Islander.

      • I took a california history class in the 1970s. We did not learn about this. The 2A is for everyone.

        Los Angeles Chinese Massacre of 1871

        • CHRIS T IN KY, thanks I watched it. Not Chinese but growing up in the 70s and 80s and having darker skin, I experienced racism and even when I was in the military. The 2A is for every law abiding citizen, but the liberal dems want to take that right way from us.

  15. “… some consider the red hats to be the modern equivalent of a Klan hood.”

    Yes, some do. But I’d say that many more “say” that the hat is the equiv. of a Klan hood, but actually know better. I’ve noticed that the stupid sh_t that “Democrat strategists” and pols say in front of a camera has filtered down into everyday arguments and conversations, because it’s a way to win or stop them. Dishonesty has lost most of its stigma.

  16. Ginder12 said: “Yeah, because right wingers and dumpster supporters are never violent.”

    Problem with your statement is that it is false. Numerous studies have been conducted where the politics of criminals was researched. This research examined three diverse states and demonstrated that the majority of firearm homicides in 2013 occurred in the small fraction of the voter precincts that overwhelmingly voted for Democrat candidates.This dataset of homicides was mapped against socioeconomic Census data to quantify the characteristics of the neighborhoods where firearm homicide is prevalent.

    I know that facts are likely boring to you, but the conclusion of the study revealed that the mapping of firearm homicide to voting precinct provides strong evidence that the United States does not have a systemic “gun culture” problem. The majority of firearm homicides in the states studied occurred in the small fraction of precincts that contains concentrated Democrat voters.

    Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/01/guns_dont_kill_people_democrats_kill_people.html

  17. This will see at least as much air time and attention as that Empire actors hoax, right? After all this one actually happened.

  18. That’s because a MAGA hat *is* the modern day equivalent of a Klan hood. You wear one, you deserve to be confronted in public. Not have a gun shoved in your face, but you deserve to be shamed publicly.

    • Roy! Dipshit! You think you’re going to “shame” me for fucking ANYTHING? Kiss my rosy red ass, chickenshit, You. would. not. dare.

        • You sure are bold from behind a keyboard there, JD. Much like the other tough talking MAGA types who support the orange moron in chief, I suspect the most intimidating thing you could pull off is get type two diabetes at me. Have a good one.

        • I run into loudmouth jackasses all the time, JD. You’re just one of many. You know as well as I do that you puff up real big behind a keyboard, but in real life, you’re a nothing. You can do nothing, and you know nothing. Fucking sad.

        • Sure u run into loud mouth jackass keyboard warriors all the time roy. Everytime you look in the mirror.

    • the name “Roy” is the equivalent of a kkk hood. anyone named Roy should be shamed. not have a gun pointed at him, but shamed. and maybe tarred and feathered. and tattooed with “kkk” on his forehead.

      hey, this game is fun!

  19. Wore a Bush Cheney 04 hat and had some old liberal look at me and say War Criminal. I told him he should turn himself in if he self identifies as such. He started to say something and I asked him if he had a fucking problem with my hat he could try and take it.
    He declined. I cast a pretty big shadow.

  20. Look at all the Leftist Soros Paid Trolls on here lately, seems someone is putting out a lot of money to try and counter the REAL NEWS getting out around the Fake Leftist Pravda.

  21. pathology:

    NOUN

    early 17th century: from modern or medieval Latin pathologia

    mental, social, or linguistic abnormality or malfunction

    EXAMPLE

    “the democrat partys inability to cope with the pathology of a developmentally disabled and morally adverse and spiritually atrophied constituency”

  22. I don’t really give a fat rat’s ass who liked Trump, hated Trump, who was liberal or conservative, or which one of these guys managed to out-stupid the other. The salient point is that a CCW permittee pulled a gun on somebody for something stupid and petty, which should bother the hell out of those of us who value our Second Amendment rights. Things like that are what will cause us to lose those rights.

    • Old Hawg … Smart, thinking people realize that the gun packer with a Concealed Permit is not a concern. The guy to worry about is the one who thinks he’s above the law and carries a weapon without a Permit. Years ago we had a State Trooper tell us that the proposed CCW law would be bad for Troopers because at every traffic stop they would have to worry about the driver being armed! What an idiot! Probably puts up a “No Guns Allowed” sign in his yard to protect his family! SMH

    • Canceling what? If you want to leave here and never return, nobody is stopping you… quit crowing about it, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass!

      EDIT: (yay! It’s back!)

      OK, I’m a little slow today. Disregard comment, Not the Droid is one of the most obvious trollbots I’ve ever seen…

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