Not to steal any of Bungalow Bill’s thunder with his recent visit from the FBI and the sheriff from the neighboring county, but in Massachusetts, a blogger has had more than that happen:
Police have seized a “large amount” of weapons and ammunition from an Arlington businessman while investigating if comments he allegedly made online were intended as a threat to U.S. Congressmen and members of the U.S. Senate.
Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan has also suspended the firearms license of Travis Corcoran, 39, who runs the online comic book business HeavyInk.com in Arlington.
What did he say? Well, he posted about armed insurrection. In two separate posts, he mused about at what point good citizens would revolt against an overbearing government. Want to read what he wrote? Here’s his blog: TJICistan.
Woops, there would be his blog if the powers that be had not removed it. So you can’t see what he said, you have to take the word of the authorities or what I remember from them (I have him on my personal blogroll and saw the posts in question, but I did not feel compelled to react by summoning the authorities).
So the authorities in Massachusetts have seized his guns, but:
Corcoran, who has no criminal history, has not been arrested and does not face any charges.
Without charges, the authorities have taken his guns away.
Now, which action do you think will play more into the fears of the lunatic fringe? Corcoran’s words, or the authorities’ actions in this case?
Just think: if Corcoran had actively built bombs to blow up government officials instead of writing political musings on the Internet, he would just be a guy from the President’s neighborhood.