South Mississippi Congressional candidate Ron Williams has some choice words for those who have vowed to block new Chick-fil-A restaurants over Dan Cathy’s opposition to same-sex marriage. He said that they “need to be introduced to the Second Amendment ASAP.”
The Libertarian candidate running for US House District 4 in Mississippi made that statement in a letter to the editor of the Sun Herald, but later tried to walk the comments back stating that they were “hyperbole not clarity,” and that “I don’t want anybody to go shoot anybody, but I want people to understand what a slippery slope we can be on and what the purpose of the Second Amendment is.”
In other words- he wants them to be shown the Second Amendment in writing?
Williams wrote the letter in response to statements from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual and Boston Mayor Tom Menino and others regarding Chick-fil-A. Jon Stewart made a better point about that pointing out that it is kind of unconstitutional to block these franchises. Williams also stated that it was an abuse of government power and runs afoul of the First Amendment.
Williams wrote that “Let me make it clear, the CEO is being punished by government officials because he exercised his First Amendment right of free speech. The Constitution is very clear. When government restricts and punishes the people for exercising their First Amendment rights, then we are to default to the Second Amendment (right to keep and bear arms). These two mayors need to be introduced to the Second Amendment ASAP.”
He went on to say “The correct response to these mayors would be to send troops or whatever to remove these men from office, by whatever means is necessary.”
Which just shows that Williams is not exactly clear on the difference between opposing government overreach and overreacting by deposing the rightfully elected government.
Williams tried to remedy his gaffe by saying that the letter is suppose to remind people that “some things are worth fighting for, if they cannot be remedied by any other measure.” Apparently, Williams believes that blocking a franchise of a restaurant is just like living in Syria.
He also stated that “I’m not saying anybody should go shoot these mayors. But politicians need to be reminded, our founding fathers were quite clear that it’s quite possible for our country to fall back into the hands of tyranny … I’m a thou-shalt-not-kill kind of guy, but these guys should be reminded of the Second Amendment … I guess the word reminded would have been better (in the letter) … I needed a thesaurus beside me.”
Unfortunately for Williams, they can be reminded of that without threatening to shoot someone because someone, somewhere will take his words and put it into practice.