We can thank Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Bloomberg, Piers Morgan, and most of the virulently anti-gun MSM for creating an environment where an active duty soldier can be harassed and arrested for the mere act of taking a hike with his son carrying his legally owned firearm. Why should a law-abiding conceal carry permit holder out for a walk with his son be seen as a threat to anybody? In Obama’s America, even Texas isn’t safe from the gun grabbers.
Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review Online interviewed Army Master Sergeant. C. J. Grisham, a serving American soldier and veteran of the the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, whose video, taken by his son has gone viral on YouTube.
“We live out in the country in Texas, near Temple,” he told me. “My son and I were on a ten-mile hike so that he could earn his hiking merit badge – it’s the last badge he needs to become an Eagle Scout.” But half way into the hike, Grisham said, “a police officer pulled up.” Initially, he was “cordial” and he “asked what we were doing.” Grisham told him. “Then he looked at my rifle. I carry a rifle any time I walk around because there are feral hogs and cougars and things like that.”
From here, things took a turn for the worse.
“‘Where you going with that rifle?’ he asked me. I said, ‘does it matter? Am I breaking any laws?’” Then, he says, the officer “grabbed the rifle without telling me – but it was attached to me. My immediate reaction as a combat veteran was to grab it back and then take a step back. I asked him what he was doing. So he pulled his gun on me. Then I thought about my son, so I put my hands off my gun and he told me to move over to the car. Luckily my son had the video camera to document the hike for his merit badge. I told him to turn it on.”
The video starts at the moment:
Cooke found it “particularly chilling” that the officer told Grisham that he (the officer) is “allowed to” carry a weapon, but that Grisham is not — despite Grisham’s having a permit.
“We’re exempt from the law” is not a phrase you want to hear from law enforcement in a constitutional republic.
Grisham told Cooke this sort of thing happens to soldiers a lot.
I have a pretrial hearing on May 29. The police are dragging their feet, not releasing the video. They’re waiting as long as they can — playing hard to get. . . . The reason I’m aggressive on this is that, in the military, if this happens, they initiate a flag that halts your career. You can’t take leave, you can’t be promoted, can’t receive awards or decorations. I am supposed to move to new base in July. I can’t do that. I’ve been on active duty for 18 and a half years and it’s got my career on a hold.”