Two Amendments Violated for the Price of One

Spread the word.

David Codrea wrote a letter to certain San Francisco Officials in which he attempted to redress a grievance against the government.

You see, I also belong to a group that is forced by social prejudices to keep a low profile—often times to hide my choices and practices lest I suffer disapproval and ultimately, life-threatening persecution by the state.

I am a gun owner and I live a gun owner life style.

I don’t know if I was born with a tendency to be this way, or if it was an acquired disposition. All I know is, I don’t see why I should be forced to change. Truth be known, I like owning guns, and am happy with who I am. I hope I suffer no repercussions by “coming out of the safe,” but I just can’t hide the truth any longer.

We gun owners have been living and working among you. Our kids go to school with yours. We may be your doctor, or minister, or your child’s teacher. We may even work in city administration, or the courts, or on the police force. And we are sick of being abused for simply being who we are, all because of hoplophobic* prejudice and fear. We don’t see any reason why we should have to put up with it any more.

Which brings me back to my dilemma and the reason I am writing you.

You have shown progressive thinking and tolerance for that which the majority condemns. So I was thinking of coming up to San Francisco and exercising my right to keep and bear arms, maybe showing up at City Hall with a state-banned AR-15 and a couple 30-round magazines, and also carrying several pistols concealed without a permit.

Yes, I know, it will be a violation of California laws, but you’ve shown that you’re willing to disregard those when it serves your goals. And because I am a peaceable citizen, I should easily meet Judge Warren’s criterion that no immediate damage would be done by allowing this.

So what do you think, if I visit your city and proudly display my lifestyle choices, can I count on your support? As a private citizen, don’t I have as much right to disregard laws I find reprehensible as you public officials? Isn’t that what equality is supposed to be all about, where no class of citizen enjoys privileges and immunities not extended to all?

How about it? You wouldn’t have me arrested, would you?

Please let me know if I have your support.

This is political speech — no question. It is a letter addressing both misconduct by the government and violation of enumerated civil rights, and deserves to be addressed. If the officials disagreed, then the response should simply be, “No, you would not have our support.”

That isn’t what happened. Instead, he became the target of an ongoing investigation.

On behalf of, I asked Brian Puckett to contact Peter Walsh — the officer who conducted the phone interview of David Codrea regarding his article. We published Codrea’s letter, and we have a vested interest in this matter. After all, we publish the email addresses of various public servants from time to time, encouraging The People to share their thoughts. We’d like to know if doing so is now considered justification for investigations being launched against our members.

Puckett called Walsh and left a message on the afternoon of Feb. 17. He left another message on the morning of Feb. 18. He finally received a callback on Wednesday afternoon from an SFPD employee in the public relations department. Puckett wasn’t sure if it was an officer or not.

The SFPD “public relations” person indicated that he couldn’t answer any questions about the case since it was an “ongoing investigation.”

“I made certain we were talking about David Codrea,” reports Puckett, “to which he responded in the affirmative. I was able to ask two general questions, but he wouldn’t answer any questions that remotely touched on this investigation.”

Among the general questions Puckett asked that the SFPD official was willing to answer: “What is the Special Investigations Division?” of which Peter Walsh is a member.

The response was that they “investigate protection [security?] matters, bomb threats, gang related matters, and hate crimes.”

These sorts of strong-arm tactics are done quietly because they cannot survive the light of day. If we make enough noise, then these rats will scurry back into thier holes and leave this man along.

Spread the word.

(Via The Unca Monkey)


  1. Phelps says:

    As a monkey’s uncle, one must be a monkey himself. Hence, Unca Monkey.

    You can use that name and I won’t even charge you for it.

  2. Mexigogue says:

    That was a damn good letter. I will make sure to tell my former Navy SEAL pool buddy about it. He’s a gun nut too.

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    New to the blogroll

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