Over the past several weeks, Republicans, the alt-Right, and even President Trump have tried to point the finger towards members of the left for their violent nature at protests geared towards the removal of statues memorializing figures from Confederate history. However, don’t let that convince you that those marching on the right are fine people. Fact is, they are just as violent as ever.
In a Facebook post by an alleged Texas License to Carry Instructor with the Texas Concealed Carry Institute, he offered up a “public service announcement” to readers and justified and advocated for users to use DEADLY FORCE on anyone caught vandalizing a statue.
We can all agree that vandalism is a crime. However, it is far from a crime that warrants death. The only type of countries you would expect that from are countries like North Korea. However, in Trump-America, everything is basically upside down.
Specifically, Phil Ryan pointed to Texas Penal Code Chapter 9 which includes the laws pertaining to using deadly force. He wrote:
‘Texas Penal Code Chapter 9, which are the laws concerning the use of force and deadly force to protect yourself, someone else, your property, or someone else’s property (could be state, county or municipal property (the peoples). In Chapter 9 under defense of property it says…
Chapter 9.42 states:
DEADLY FORCE TO PROTECT PROPERTY. A person is justified in using deadly force against another to protect land or tangible, movable property: (2) when and to the degree he reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary:
(A) to prevent the other’s imminent commission of arson, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal mischief during the nighttime (Night time is 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise).’
He summed it up for those who have a hard time reading legal jargon:
‘Bottom line, if someone is destroying a monument or statue that isn’t theirs, you can defend it by force during the day with deadly force at night. Just a little tip from your Uncle Phil…’
Using this justification, it would be just fine for someone to shoot kids egging their house as a teenage prank at night. Only in Texas…
After checking out LinkedIn, we found Ryan’s profile which described him as:
‘Owner of Texas Concealed Carry Institute. Provide Texas Concealed Handgun License training.’
Ryan’s profile also showed that he works for as a facility security manager at Adeptus Health in Lewisville, Texas. He described himself as being “responsible for the physical security at the oldest and fastest growing stand-alone Emergency Room provider.” Adeptus is headquartered in Lewisville, Texas.
You can see the entire FB post below. The post is no longer available on Facebook; however, screenshots are forever.
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