January 21, 2011
It was admittedly insensitive, even stupid. “1 down and 534 to go” wrote blogger Travis Corcoran after Rep. Giffords was shot in the head earlier this month. “It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot indiscriminately. Target only politicians and their staff and leave regular citizens alone.”
In response, Arlington, Massachusetts, police yanked Corcoran’s gun license and confiscated his firearms. “We certainly take this as a credible threat, and credible until we prove otherwise,” Arlington police Captain Robert Bongiorno told CBS News in Boston.
Corcoran’s blog is no longer online. It is unclear if he removed it or his ISP or hosting service did.
Cops raided the Arlington business man’s home and said they found a “large amount” of weapons and ammo. Raw Story reports that 11 guns were seized at the man’s home.
According to the Boston Globe, Corcoran surrendered his weapons and ammunition to police at his home on Evergreen Lane in Arlington last week after his firearms license was suspended.
“Corcoran, who has no criminal history, has not been arrested and does not face any charges. Arlington police saying they are working with the Capitol Police in their investigation, and members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have been alerted,” WBZ-TV reported earlier this week.
Raw Story describes Corcoran as an “anarcho-capitalist,” a “radical branch of libertarianism.” Economist Murray Rothbard is credited with coining the term. Anarcho-capitalists argue that a collusive partnership between business and government uses coercion to subvert the free market.
Daniel Tencer, writing for the liberal news website, quotes Twitter post where Corcoran cites the Declaration of Independence. “As per the Declaration of [Independence], when a [government] becomes destructive those ends, it may be abolished … and the most moral approach is that which spares the maximum number of lives. Thus, assassination is a legitimate tool.”
Federal law enforcement agencies have been contacted about the comment, the Boston Globe reported.
The alleged shooter in Arizona, Jared Lee Loughner, is said to be mentally ill. He apparently did not target Giffords and federal judge Rolls for political reasons, although much of the corporate media continues to insist he was motivated by “heated” political rhetoric.