On Saturday, November 23rd, in Mahopac, New York, police besieged a local residence adjacent to an elementary school. Alex Booth, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and active member of online gun communities, took to Instagram to broadcast his drunken rants against “redcoat” police coming to “confiscate his 30-round magazines under New York’s red flag laws.” The gun community watched in horror as an armored police vehicle rolled onto the street towards Booth’s fortress. He begged for a peaceful resolution but also insinuated that blood would be spilled before he relinquished his rights.
This story captured the ire of many popular gun pages across social media platforms as many people assumed that Booth was actually being raided for his gun accessories. Cries for armed resistance and the hanging of the tyrants flooded the comment sections of various outrage posts. This anger turned to action as the local police station was inundated with so many phone calls that its entire system temporarily shut down.
Unfortunately for those eager to start “Civil War Two: Electric Boogaloo,” police were actually raiding Booth’s home for lawful reasons. Multiple warrants were outstanding ranging from petit theft to domestic violence—none of which included anything about gun-related confiscations.
This event teaches those of us ensconced in the gun community two things: first that there are bad eggs in every batch, and second that waiting until the facts emerge is always valuable. Remember how quickly the Left jumped to the defense of Jussie Smollet’s hoax hate crime? Many on the right (myself, to a certain extent, included) immediately jumped to Booth’s side and now look just as alarmist as Jussie’s supporters. We all wanted to believe our rights were being invaded and thus being victimized by our self-created boogeyman government. Think, instead, how mature the movement would look had we not all jumped at the necks of the police involved. Some in the gun community waited patiently for all the facts which has since raised their social standing within the movement.
This is not a systemic issue among the community, but rather simply a bad anomaly who taught us about patience and justifiable skepticism. It is admirable that so many are willing to stand up for their rights, but this event happened to be a false alarm provided the charges are accurate. Fortunately, nobody on either side was hurt. If the charges of which Booth is accused are correct, then the raid on the residence is justified, and should a similar situation arise in the future, I have no doubt it’ll be handled better by all parties involved.
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