Kory Watkins, leader of the ammosexual group Open Carry Tarrant County, posted a video with a distinct Colonel Kurtz vibe to his Facebook page this morning. Pretty quickly, he took it down. Here's what he said:
This morning I removed a video from my Facebook because I thought there were those that would intentionally misinterpret my words. In this video I referred to treason, and the fact that the penalty for treason was death. My intent was to show that our founders took treason very seriously. Our elected officials have taken an oath to defend the constitution. Dereliction of that oath is an equally serious matter. I was certainly not threatening anyone. I love the constitution dearly, and the constitution is very clear on the process for convicting someone for treason, I was obviously not calling for such a process, nor was I threatening anyone. I simply wished to point out the seriousness of the constitution.
Let me make it clear and unequivocal: I was not talking about hurting legislators, or anyone else. I am an advocate of peaceful non-cooperation. When I speak of "stepping it up a notch" mean within the boundaries of "peaceful non-cooperation". Instead of just a foot in the door. perhaps we need "sit ins" chanting "hell no we won't go".
We at Open Carry Tarrant County denounce in the strongest terms harming or threatening to harm persons or property as a strategy to bring about open carry in Texas. Anyone who has done so, has not done so on behalf of our organization. We at Open Carry Tarrant County proudly follow in the tradition of Ghandi [sic], Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks in in using peaceful noncooperation as a means to demand our rights.
Of course, it's a well known historical fact that Gandhi packed a hog-leg. And Rosa Parks was an Uzi-woman.
Let's not talk about MLK's experience with guns.
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Anyhow, the whole four-and-a-half minute video was up on YouTube briefly Wednesday afternoon until it was pulled because of a copyright claim from Watkins, according to YouTube. The long version was taken down, but a one-minute clip has been uploaded. Here are the two most relevant quotes -- the first is in the one-minute version, the second was in the now-deleted longer version.
"This isn't a game, this is reality and these are our rights that they're playing with. I don't know if they forgot what their duty is, but it's to protect the constitution, and let me remind you, going against the constitution is treason and, my friend, that is punishable by death.
"I wanna put my foot -- I wanna put more than my foot in that door. We should be doing way more than that. We should be demanding these people give us our rights back, or it's punishable by death. Treason. You understand how serious this is, Texas? We need to start sticking more than foots [sic] in doors. OK? This is treason against the American people. You don't sell my rights back to me, you're gonna find trouble."
Check it out if you still can: