But Democratic Alabama State Rep. Joseph Mitchell of
In emails sent from Mitchell’s official state legislature account obtained by the blog Yellow Hammer Politics and published Wednesday morning, Mitchell had a heated exchange with a constituent identified as Eddie Maxwell and provided his own defense of the Second Amendment.
Mitchell contended that the self-defense argument behind the Second Amendment was never used to protect his “folk” from “slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed, imported criminal-minded kin folk.”
Read the email exchange:
Initial email from the constituent
Can the officers of our state government change our constitution when the change is forbidden by the people? The Supreme Court of Alabama has ruled that it cannot in an opinion dealing with another matter where change is forbidden. You have sworn to support our constitution. You have defined a violation of an oath in an official proceeding as a class C felony (C.O.A. Section 13A-10-101 Perjury in the first degree).
Do not violate your oath of office by introducing additional gun control bills or by allowing those already enacted to remain in the body of our laws.
Mitchell’s initial response
Hey man. You have used the word ‘except’ when I think you mean somethin’ else.
Hey man. Your folk never used all this sheit to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed, imported criminal-minded kin folk. You can keep sending me stuff like you have however because it helps me explain to my constituents why they should protect that 2nd amendment thing AFTER we finish stocking up on spare parts, munitions and the like.
Bring it. As one of my friends in the Alabama Senate suggested — “BRING IT!!!!”
JOSEPHm, a prepper (’70-’13)
The two had a follow-up exchange that had less to do with the Second Amendment, but more to do with the civil rights era.
Rep. Mitchell and other members of the Legislature of Alabama,
That’s not the type of reply I expect to receive from a state legislator. The lack of response to your racist comments from your fellow members speaks volumes about the state of our legislature as a whole.
I’m not a racist and I find your reply to be especially offensive considering the position you hold.
My parents and grandparents taught me to love God and my fellow man as myself. My father was threatened by members of his church back in 1954 for inviting a black family to attend the church he pastored.
My father-in-law was threatened when he hired a young negro man to work in his shop back in 1968 in a community where several neighbors were members of the Ku Klux Klan. He didn’t allow those threats to keep him from treating people of all races equally.
In 1969, I was a draftee in the US Army and bunked with a young negro man named Earl Shinholster at
Racism is not exclusive to my own people. I learned that before 1955. It is just as ugly now as it was then, regardless of the race of the person who is consumed by it.
I love my country and my state, and I vowed to support and defend our constitutions. I expect you and all of our representative to do the same.
Mitchell’s final response
I grew up in
Where were you during the Albany Movement? Oh…. You shoulda been there. I am certain that your experiences through how your kin folk ‘helped’ colored folk would have helped us a lot when we were bombed in Albany, Leesburg, Newton and Sylvester.
I apologize for the restless nights your folk endured out of fear of the Klan. At least as they stood on the sidewalk watching my cousins and me get beat up by some of your neighbors they were able to push you out into the street to physically intervene. They did do that didn’t they? Oh …. Well, I rear where you were one of the first to integrate the all-colored school to prove your parents point.
Do you that your fathers ‘black’ friend was unable to get FHA benefits? Knowing about those knives and stuff were of benefit but did you know that colored military typically carried knives to protect themselves from folk who looked like your father? Historically, violence on Black folk was committed by White folk. It’s a fact but is it ‘racist?’ It is ‘racial.’ I had seven uncles and three aunts who served in three different ‘encounters. My father was Regular Army.
Eddie, a person without the power to exercise a threat cannot be a racist because he or she will be eliminated. A person who can, by merely stepping back on the sidewalk’ ore being quiet can support racism and benefit from the ‘first hired,’ affirmative action, preferential treatment fostered by systemic racism and bigotry.
It is unlikely that I, through sharing my many experiences on the receiving end, will convince you of your errors. For that matter, you will never convince me that our discomforts were comparable. Let the next generations resolve this continuing story.
Lock and load.
According to the
Mitchell has yet to respond to The Daily Caller’s repeated efforts for comment.
As Gun Owners and DHS Stock Up
Local law enforcement agencies across the country are facing an ammo shortage, as gun owners concerned about new laws at the federal and state level stock up on firearms and bullets.
At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security has said it wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years -- which could put further strain on the supply.
The shortage, coupled with an increase in prices, comes as many gun owners head to the stores in anticipation of new gun control laws. States like
Still, what one official described as "panic-buying" set in, as lawmakers rallied to draft new legislation in the wake of a series of tragic mass shootings last year, from
"The concern over firearms availability and ammunition availability and potentials of gun control certainly has impacted the availability of ammunition purchased locally," training coordinator Jody Mays said, according to WDEF.
Earlier this year, Rollingwood Police Chief Dayne Pryor told MyFoxAustin.com that "panic-buying" is contributing to a situation where officers trying to order new firearms are being forced to wait. He said the city, which is outside
"We have adequate supplies right now, but we're limited to how often we can go to the firing range to train because we want to be conservative right now," he said.
Similarly, the Jenks Police Department in
Police Chief Cameron Arthur said the department is still waiting on an order from October, according to KJRH.
Meanwhile, according to CNSNews.com, Rep. Timothy Huelskamp, R-Kan., said he still hasn't heard back from the Department of Homeland Security on why it's buying 1.6 billion rounds.
The Homeland Security Department, though, has said it needs the bullets for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.
Published federal notices about the ammo buy have agitated conspiracy theorists since the fall. The government's explanation is much less sinister.
More than 90 federal agencies and 70,000 agents and officers used the department's training center last year.
The rest of the 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition would be purchased by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal government's second largest criminal investigative agency.
The Homeland Security ammo buy is not the first time the government's bullets purchases have sparked concerns on the Internet. The same thing happened last year when the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was buying 174,000 hollow point bullets.
A Texas mother claims a quiz her son took blamed the
Kara Sands posted on her Facebook page earlier this month a quiz her fifth-grade son at Flour Bluff Intermediate School took after watching a video entitled “Remembering September 11th.” One of the questions on the quiz asked “Why might the
Sands called it “propaganda.”
“This appalling video blames our country for the murder of over 3,000 people,” Sands said on her Facebook.
She says she talked with school administrators about the quiz and that one of them said that 9/11 was due to the “bad decisions” made by the
Flour Bluff school officials tell KRIS-TV that Sands was the only parent to complain about the test.
More than 11,000 people have “shared” the quiz after Sands posted it on Facebook.
President Barack Obama will face a sceptical audience when he tries to take his political charm offensive directly to the Israeli people this week with a message directed at their security fears and Israel’s history.
After several weeks of trying to go over the heads of congressional leaders and appeal directly to American voters about budget issues, Mr Obama will adopt something of a similar approach in Jerusalem as he seeks to reintroduce himself to the Israeli public.
After his early attempt as president to reach out to Arab public opinion, the political calculation of the White House is that if Mr Obama can achieve a closer rapport with Israeli voters, he will have more leverage over prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu when it comes to difficult decisions about
But Mr Obama, who will visit
“The perception was that co-operation between
Mr Obama and Mr Netanyahu are both likely to make great efforts to be seen on good terms following their sometimes fractious relationship in the president’s first term. But Mr Obama’s agenda, which does not include a visit to the Knesset, but does include a speech to Israeli students, is designed to overcome misgivings among the Israeli public about his approach to the Middle East.
At Tel Aviv airport, he will inspect a missile battery that is part of the Iron Dome missile defence system which was partly paid for by the Obama administration.
Mr Obama will also take the more unusual step of visiting the grave of Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism, and will view the Dead Sea Scrolls at the
In choosing such locations, the White House is addressing criticism it has received from some in
I don’t think anything is going to change now. In
- Ahmed Ghoul
However Mr Obama is starting from a low base in
He says he does not like the way Mr Obama dealt with Mr Netanyahu when the Israeli prime minister visited
Hanan Abu Hussein, a Palestinian master’s student in art history, disavowed any interest in the visit. “He’s not coming for us – he’s coming for the Israeli people,” she says. “He’s continuing Bush’s policies.”
In the eastern
“I don’t think anything is going to change now,” says Ahmed Ghoul, who runs a butcher shop in the area and holds
Nearby Daniela Silber, a settler pulling her minivan into the settlement’s parking garage, complains about having to drive to other parts of