Police in Arlington, MA this week seized a “large amount” of weapons and ammunition from local businessman Travis Corcoran after he wrote a blog post threatening U.S. lawmakers in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). In a post on his blog (which has since been removed) titled “1 down and 534 to go” — 1 referring to Giffords and 534 referring to the rest of the House of Representatives and the Senate — Corcoran applauded the shooting of Giffords and justified the assassination of lawmakers because he argued the federal government has grown far beyond its constitutional limits. “It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot indiscriminately. Target only politicians and their staff and leave regular citizens alone,” he wrote in the post.
“We certainly take this as a credible threat,” Arlington police Captain Robert Bongiorno told reporters, adding that “multiple federal law enforcement agencies” were involved. Authorities also suspended Corcoran’s gun license, though he is currently not facing any charges.
Corcoran calls himself “an anarcho-capitalist” and while his blog has been taken down, based on his Twitter page, he appears to hold views similar to those of many in the anti-government libertarian wing of the conservative movement, like many tea party activists. Anarcho-capitalism is a radical subset of libertarianism, and is often referred to as “libertarian-anarchy.” For example, echoing calls from many on the right, Corcoran tweeted, “it is unconstitutional for the Feds to even run a department of education.”Answer Question
Answer by MonkeyPeanut79 at 7:33 PM on Jan. 20, 2011
Remind me to keep my family far away from any political meeting.
I don't want them to be casualties of an old fashioned western-style shootout.
Answer by jsbenkert at 7:47 PM on Jan. 20, 2011
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:51 PM on Jan. 20, 2011
Answer by tnmomofive at 7:53 PM on Jan. 20, 2011
This is sickening. He should be ashamed of himself.
I don't think it has grown any more than it was before. We have different technology these days and it seems that people that hardly knew how to type a decade or two ago all have a blog. Nobody listened to them when all they did was talk, but now that they put it in writing it seems like a real threat. While some might be serious, I don't think it's anywhere near as many that seem to get attention. JMO.
Answer by QuinnMae at 7:55 PM on Jan. 20, 2011