A Massachusetts 85-year old Korean War veteran and school crossing guard has gotten his job back after being fired in the wake of a ‘red flag’ gun confiscation.
Stephen Nichols was rehired this week as a school crossing guard for the Tisbury School after a wave of backlash followed his firing by Tisbury Police Department. Nichols was fired after a waitress overheard a conversation he had in regards to his concerns for school safety. Nichols wasn’t pleased with a designated school resource officer who was known to take coffee breaks at a local convenience store when children were arriving at school.
The conversation was apparently interpreted as a threat, and Nichols became the victim of a ‘red flag’ gun seizure by the Tisbury Police Department. He was fired on-the-job and escorted home where police seized his legally-owned firearms and Massachusetts license to carry without providing any documentation to the senior citizen.
Nichols has 11 grandchildren and has passionately asserted that he would “never, ever” hurt a child.
The sham process Nichols was subjected to was initially reported on by the Martha’s Vineyard Times and Big League Politics. After area community members responded with outrage, it appears that the police department’s firing of Nichols was overruled.
It’s more unclear if Nichols is going to get his guns back. The law firm representing him claims to have received several offers to cover Nichols’ costs in a appeal to overrule the seemingly arbitrary and draconian red flag gun seizure enacted on a patriotic senior citizen on the basis of mere hearsay.
Tisbury Police continue to decline comment on their actions in Nichols’ case.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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