A bureaucrat contemplates his choices. . .
I just sent this email letter to the head of the Alabama Department of Transportation. I will send him a hard copy by mail today.
Sent: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 6:06 am
Subject: re: Your designated "Death Zones" at Alabama Welcome Centers. If you thought all you have to do is weather the switchboard meltdown, ya got another think comin'.
John Cooper, Director
Alabama Department of Transportation
1409 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36130
re: Your designated "Death Zones" at Alabama Welcome Centers. If you thought all you have to do is weather the switchboard meltdown, ya got another think comin'.
Dear Director Cooper,
I'm sure you're familiar with the current furor over your department's designated "Gun Free Zones" at state welcome centers. In the wake of multiple mass shootings, including the latest in Chattanooga, these are more properly known as "criminal free fire zones," or "victim disarmament zones," or, my personal preference, "Death Zones."
I will not waste your time arguing points of logic or law, however, knowing bureaucracies such as yours are largely impervious to both. Let me explain what comes after you ignore the current switchboard meltdown you have created.
Introductions first, though. My name is Mike Vanderboegh. I am the citizen journalist who, with my friend David Codrea, first broke the story of the Fast and Furious scandal on my blog, Sipsey Street Irregulars, on the Internet in December 2010. We also got the ATF whistleblowers together with the senators and then with Sharyl Attkisson, then of CBS News, and the rest, as they say, is history. (See Sharyl's recent book Stonewalled --we're in Chapter 2.) I have been a Second Amendment activist for the past 20 years and I am founder of the national Three Percent movement. The Three Percenters have been denounced by none other than that paragon of moral virtue Bill Clinton and I have been a perennial favorite on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of dangerous folks. But then as my friend Kurt Hofmann says, "It is better to be despised by the despicable than admired by the admirable."
More to the present point, however, I have been a national leader in the armed civil disobedience "I Will Not Comply" movement that has flouted the post-Sandy Hook anti-firearms laws in the states of CT, NY, MD, CO, WA and OR. I am proud to say that I have broken all those laws publicly over the past two and a half years and each time the state authorities have declined to arrest me and my friends, perhaps because we were armed and in considerable numbers each time we did it. Indeed, the authorities of those states don't seem to know whether to defecate or go blind when confronted with citizens that they have declared to be newly-minted felons. We don't back down, we don't cower when confronted with state threats, and we most assuredly don't act like any class of criminal they have ever seen before.
I tell you this to assure you that the choice of defecation or blindness is currently headed your way. For if you ignore the telephone blitz you are currently experiencing, I will be my honor and my pleasure to lead "I Will Not Comply" armed civil disobedience actions numbering (at least) in the hundreds of participants at every Alabama Welcome Center in the state, as well as in front of your headquarters.
So, I hope you save us the trouble and reverse this dangerous and deadly policy. But if not, you will look back on the switchboard meltdown with fondness for the good old days when bureaucrats thought they could ignore the law and the will of the people.
PO Box 926
Pinson AL 35126