The 2nd Amendment is not usually a touchy subject for those of us on the right. In fact, most conservative Republicans would argue that there shouldn’t be much of a debate over our right to bear arms.
While we often engage in debate with the liberal anti-gun left, amongst ourselves, we generally find the solace of like-minded brotherhood.
However, that kinship can be strained when we discuss what can be perceived as overbearing law enforcement.
In our high tech digital age, cameras are a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, and we all have had to learn to get used to their intrusion. As a former teacher, I was daily on edge, waiting for the sneaky student with the cell phone camera looking to catch me make a mistake or embarrass myself. Police Officers are learning the same kinds of lessons from “citizen journalists” all over the country, keeping their cellphones at the ready in case something needs to be recorded.
The newly omnipresent nature of video recording technology has turned the Internet into a wellspring of “police overreach” videos. I won’t use the term “brutality” (though we have seen that as well) but “overreach” seems fair.
Recently in Temple, Texas just such a case was uncovered. An active duty veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, by the name of CJ Grisham, was on a hike with his teenage son. The teenager was attempting to earn his scout hiking badge. They were hiking in a rural area of Texas, so the father had his rifle strapped to his chest, just in case they ran in to any large predators that he would need to defend them from. (Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, proved the value of packing heat in the great Texas outdoors just a few years ago.)
Just a few miles into their hike, a Temple police officer stopped the pair and asked them to move toward him. The father and son complied. After they neared each other, the officer asked,why Grisham had a rifle – to which he replied, “Does it matter officer? Am I breaking the law?” At this point, the officer grabbed the rifle, which surprised him, and he instinctively pulled back. Next, the officer pulled his weapon and demanded that Grisham move to the police car. Again, the soldier complied. The following video was recording because his son needed to document his hike — it turned out the video would instead document his father’s arrest.
I want to step in here, before editorializing. I completely understand an officer’s concern when confronting an armed man. However, his seeming lack of knowledge of Texas (and many other states’) laws dealing with open and concealed carry is maddening. In my home state of Georgia, it is lawful for a citizen to open carry, but few do so because of the probability of being harassed by well meaning police officers. Seemingly, that is also what happened here.
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