Thankfully, the Secret Service is already well aware of this nut's threat.
A Texas gun rights activist plans to “open carry my rifle” to an event that “may get interesting” during President Obama’s South by Southwest festival speech Friday, the activist wrote in a Facebook post on his group’s private page.
Open Carry Texas founder C.J. Grisham made the remarks Wednesday to the closed group’s 28,000 members, and one responded, “If you get a clear shot, please fire for effect!,” according to images of the posts obtained by gun control advocates Everytown for Gun Safety.
“The Secret Service is aware of this posting and is conducting the appropriate follow up,” said agency spokesman Robert Hoback. He noted in a statement that federal law gives Secret Service agents authority to prohibit guns at presidential events, even in open-carry states like Texas.
“The Secret Service works closely with our local law enforcement partners in each state to ensure a safe environment for our protectees and the public,” Hoback said. “Individuals determined to be carrying firearms will not be allowed past a predetermined outer perimeter checkpoint, regardless of whether they possess a ticket to the event.” [...]
Grisham told the Daily News the post referring to the “clear shot” got deleted and the user who wrote it was banned. His comment that his group’s armed leafleting event “may get interesting” involved the logistics of moving around the city during the popular arts and music festival with the extra security of Obama’s visit, he told the Daily News.
“I don’t understand what people get out of that,” Grisham said, adding that he hadn’t heard from the Secret Service. “I know that those guys are smarter than the people who are making a big deal out of this.”
Yet Nicole Green, a volunteer with Everytown for Gun Safety’s group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said the remarks were worth taking seriously. Read on...