Korean War Vet Red-Flagged After Complaining About Lazy School Officer
The one positive thing to arise from Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) secret Soviet-style basement impeachment of President Trump is that it has forced Congress to abandon its 2019 gun control push. Wasn’t gun control supposed to be the ‘most important issue ever’ just a few weeks ago? Oh, well.
The left’s pause in attempts to abolish the Second Amendment have been put on hold for now, so it gives us time to gather even more ammunition (ha!) to use as arguments against state-level “red flag” confiscation laws. Here’s a horrific story out of Massachusetts.
Stephen Nichols is an 84-year-old US Army veteran who served honorably in the Korean War. He’s been retired for a while, but after his wife passed away two years ago, Mr. Nichols took a job as a school crossing guard in Martha’s Vineyard in order to stay active and give back to the community.
Nichols frequently meets with a friend at a local diner to shoot the breeze after work, which has been a favorite pastime of pretty much every elderly war veteran in the history of time. While talking with his friend last week, Nichols started complaining about the school resource officer. Apparently, the officer conveniently wanders off for a coffee break at the local Xtra Mart every day, right when kids start showing up for school.
Nichols criticized the officer for “abandoning his post” and told his buddy that “someone could shoot up the school” because of the lazy resource officer who’s always wandering off. Those comments were enough for the waitress at the coffee shop to call the police and narc on Stephen Nichols. I hope he didn’t leave her a tip.
The waitress’ frantic phone call to the cops was enough to convince the Chief of Police to have Nichols picked up. As he showed up for his afternoon shift as a crossing guard, the cops detained Nichols and dragged the great-grandfather to his home where they confiscated his firearms and his Massachusetts firearms license. (He wasn’t armed at the diner or the school.)
Nichols was allowed to surrender his guns to his son-in-law. And of course, the school fired him from his job as a crossing guard.
Let’s analyze this flaming bag of dog manure that’s masquerading as “public safety.”
You’ve probably noticed that whenever politicians are discussing red flag laws, it’s always couched as a method to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Therefore, the gun-grabbers reassure us, only people who have a close relationship with the gun owner can red-flag them: Spouses, ex-spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, or people who live directly with the person. This, of course, is a lie.
A waitress at a diner overheard Nichols talking with a friend, and Nichols’ civil rights were violated as a result. And if a waitress can do that to you, anyone can – your mailman, your child’s kindergarten teacher, any liberal with an axe to grind who doesn’t like your MAGA hat – anyone.
Next, the red-flaggers keep telling us that cases will be adjudicated by a judge before anyone’s guns are seized. Where was the judge in the Stephen Nichols case? Oh, right, there wasn’t one. The Chief of Police made a snap decision to send officers out to immediately detain and bully an elderly man.
It always cracks me up whenever pro-gun people insist that cops will never, ever follow unconstitutional gun-grabbing directives. Are you sure about that, guys? Because it seems like when the Chief of Police told his officers to violate Stephen Nichols’ rights, two cops immediately jumped at the opportunity to seize the guns of an 84-year-old who had not threatened anyone and who had not committed a crime.
And get a load of what one of the cops said to Stephen Nichols, “He came up and told me what I said was a felony, but he wasn’t going to charge me.”
What he SAID was a felony. His SPEECH was a felony that demanded swift, immediate action from two armed officers.
Finally, note that the matter was not kept private in any way. Stephen Nichols lost his job as a crossing guard, as a result of being red-flagged – even though he was not charged with a crime. Stephen Nichols’ rights were trampled upon so badly through every step of this process that you’d think he had violated Twitter’s Terms of Service!
The disgusting treatment of Stephen Nichols, an elderly war veteran who served our nation honorably, is yet another reason why we need to fight back against “red flag” laws with our every breath.