Earlier this month, a black councilman in Jackson, Mississippi said that he no longer wanted law enforcement officers from neighboring communities to chase suspects into his district. Councilman Kenneth Stokes attracted national controversy not through those wishes, but how he suggested that it could be accomplished.
“What I suggest is we get the black leadership together and as these jurisdictions come into Jackson, we throw rocks and bricks and bottles at them,” Stokes said. “That will send a message we don’t want you here.”
This inspired a predictable backlash, and one of the people disgusted by Stokes’s remarks happened to be a man named Tim Wolverton. Wolverton posted a sign outside the Jackson Gun Show this weekend that made it clear where he stood on Stokes and other race-baiting Democrats.
“It’s hard to tell the difference between Democrats and terrorists and if you support Kenneth Stokes or the president, you’re too stupid to own a gun,” said the sign. “Please find another dealer.”
When a local news station spoke to Wolverton, he said, “Well, it kind of started out as a joke, and so of course…so is Kenneth Stokes.”
Stokes, however, isn’t laughing. He said federal authorities should launch an investigation into the gun show. “If this gun dealer feels that it’s legal for him to display negative images of the president of the United States, keep in mind that he must have some kind of license,” Stokes said. “We’re asking the attorney general of the United States to do an investigation and let’s see whether the rules and regulations have been violated.”
Your only basis for this investigation is a sign that you don’t like? Apparently Stokes not only has a problem with law enforcement, he has a problem with both the First and Second amendments to the Constitution. Indeed, Wolverton was right. It is hard to tell the difference between a Democrat and a terrorist sometimes.
“We’re asking for an investigation so that we don’t have to allege anything,” Stokes said. “We’re asking for a federal investigator to come here and see the relationship between these gun dealers and law enforcement. Whatever turns up, it will turn up.”
Well isn’t that convenient. No need for any proof of wrongdoing. No need to put yourself out on a limb and make an accusation. You can just sit back, point out your political enemies, and hope that somewhere along the line the gun sellers committed some kind of illegal infraction. What a wonderful use of federal resources.
As Wolverton said when he heard about Stokes’s comments: “What kind of worth can you put into anything this man says?”