This is how politics and advocacy is done on the right. Unlike progressive or reality-based groups who snipe behind each other’s backs, arguing about policy or tactics, or scramble for precious-yet-overlapping sources of income and attention, the conservative movement just brings guns.
[Dick Armey] walked into the [FreedomWorks’] Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and an aide holstering a handgun at his waist. The aim was to seize control of the group and expel Armey’s enemies: The gun-wielding assistant escorted FreedomWorks’ top two employees off the premises, while Armey suspended several others who broke down in sobs at the news.
To this day, I remain fairly surprised that this kind of behavior has not made its way to the Capitol or the White House, that the billionaires that direct the GOP (and muster its ignorant mob of religious zealots) do not simply raise an army and take over the whole shebang, install the government of their choosing, and be done with it. No more messing with things like elections or courts or regulations they don’t like, and all the nuance and need for a semblance of democratic legitimacy. Just take over at the point of a gun. (It’s part of how business is done in the corporate dystopia of Max Barry’s novel Jennifer Government, and it feels weirdly plausible.)
Maybe it’d just be too expensive, and this whole mucking-about with democracy thing is still the better business decision. I mean, it’s a pretty big country.
And of course, in the case of ol’ Dick Armey, it didn’t even work. Of course, he only brought one gun. Come on, Dick!
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WTF! Am I reading this correctly? A gun wielding person acting as a private citizen forced people to leave a place they had every right to be? This is armed assault. Things are different if the place in question is not a public accommodation and the armed person is the owner or lessor, or a representative of the owner or lessor of the space.
Why has no one pressed charges?
He wasn’t “wielding” the pistol; according to the story, it remained holstered. Therefore, no assault took place.
Although, if this took place in Washington, DC, it’s entirely possible that there was a violation of the District’s firearms laws.
But would it be OK with Thomas/Alito/Scalia?
The assistant, acting under the orders and supervision of Dick Armey, took two employees of FreedomWorks out of their offices and out of the building. may not be armed assault but sure sounds like kidnapping to me.so,
What would have happened if one of the other employees, following the most recent guidelines from the NRA, and was also armed had shot the assistant?