Following the fatal shooting of a family’s pit bull, two open-carry activists went to a police station in Jackson, Mississippi, to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. They recorded one of themselves on video walking into a police station openly carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
The fatal shooting of a 4-year-old pit bull by a Jackson police officer occurred on Friday, November 28, 2014, at about 4:30 p.m. in the 500 block of S. Blackstone Street. Two Jackson officers who were attempting to execute a petition entered an apartment. A pit bull approached them threateningly and one of the officers responded by firing his weapon, killing the animal.
The video, uploaded to YouTube by members of the “Jackson Cop Block & Tactical Patriot,” is a two-part clip showing one of two men walking into the Jackson Police Department openly carrying a semi-automatic weapon. The clips were uploaded to YouTube on December 10 and 11 2014, respectively, and have since received several thousand views.
The first clip shows a man walking up to the front desk at the police station with a semi-automatic rifle strapped around him, and wearing what we presume is a bulletproof vest with the words “Jackson Cop Block” on the back.
The man says to the female officer at the front desk, “I’d like to file a FOIA request.”
The officer asks the men where they came from, but the man filming the incident declines to give an answer, saying instead, “We came from our place of origin to here.”
The men are told they could not file an FOIA request yet because the office opens later in the afternoon at 12:30 p.m.
Part 1 of the video ends showing the men leaving.
Part 2 shows the men returning in the afternoon to file the FOIA request, still open-carrying AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.
An officer at the front desk asks them, “I don’t know who you are… you have ID on you?”
“I don’t answer questions,” the man responds.
The officer takes photos of the men and they go upstairs to the FOIA office, where they file the request.
Noticeably, no one questioned the men or attempted to disarm them.
The reaction of viewers to the video showing the men entering the Jackson Police Department wearing bulletproof vests and openly carrying semi-automatic weapons was mostly disapproving on YouTube. Many viewers questioned the wisdom of the men’s action at a time that officers are under threat of reprisal shooting
“They should have shot you both dead. With all the current events involving officers being killed execution style, being ambushed and you do this for what exactly? What are you trying to prove? I have sympathy for your dog but your ignorance takes that away.”
“I think your protest was in poor form and contributes to the problem rather then being a mechanism to achieve justice. How did you expect the police officers to react? They don’t know you’re not a loon looking to shoot up the police station. I do not know of the intrusion by the officer and shooting of the dog… But strapping an AR-15 to yourself and walking into a police station and sets back supporters of the Second Amendment.”
A few viewers were struck by the irony of men risking their lives by open carrying into a police station because a pit bull had been killed at a time when people were being shot by police without consequence.
“Good exercise of Second Amendment, however you guys should pick a better cause. Plenty of people being shot by police every day, and you are avenging a pit bull?”
However, some viewers on the website the Blaze supported the men, insisting they were only exercising their Second Amendment rights. But one viewer commented sarcastically that the men were exercising their “white privilege” rather than their Second Amendment rights.
“The Constitution says that this guy can do this… period. Doesn’t matter what your opinion is, if other people don’t like it or feel “threatened… he’s is acting within the law… period.
“The problem is the public in general has been conditioned to believe that seeing someone with a rifle automatically means they’re going on a rampage. It’s obviously legal to open carry in Mississippi since they weren’t arrested.”
What do you think? Do you believe the men exercised their Second Amendment rights wisely or unwisely?