Kalamazoo, Michigan Police have elected not to charge Joseph Houseman, a 61-year-old open carry advocate, who says he was “trying to raise awareness” after a tense standoff with police that included veiled threats and promises of a coming revolution — the same rhetoric spouted by Las Vegas cop killers Jerad and Amanda Miller.
After multiple emergency calls, officers stopped the unstable man for jaywalking. Police dashcam video shows officers attempting to recognize Houseman’s Second Amendment rights against public safety, but the belligerent “patriot” did everything in his power to ensure that rational discussion was out of the question.
“Look, you crossed the street illegally; I just want to talk to you,” said Sgt. Sean Gordon. “I just want to talk to you. You’re walking around here scaring people, man.” He asked Houseman to place his rifle on the ground while they talked, but the completely sane gun owner refused.
When another officer asked for his name, Houseman responded that it is “Joe Schmoe.”
Officers attempted to administer a breathalyzer, but Gordon refused, slinging profanity and brandishing his genitals — no, we’re not referring to his gun — at police. He called officers “gang members” with a “history of violence” and promised a coming revolution.
Gordon told Houseman that he had likely committed a number of misdemeanors, including obstructing official business and resisting arrest.
Lt. Stacey Geik took over as commanding officer once he arrived on the scene, and diffused the situation the best he could before the gun-toting “patriot” claimed his First Amendment right to threaten to Second Amendment the officers.
Officers eventually removed Houseman’s rifle from his possession but offered to return it if he submitted to a breathalyzer. He refused.
[box type=”shadow”]Geik: But you’re not stable mentally, which now takes you away from that rifle.
Houseman: I’m not stable mentally? How do you decide that?
Geik: You’re damn right. How did this happen with open carry? What are you supposed to do when you contact law enforcement? Do you say, ‘I hate you mother(expletive), (expletive) you? I hate you, there’s a revolution coming.’ Do you say that? Is that what you’re taught?
Houseman: It was wrong of me.
Houseman agains asks for his gun back. Geik tells him he wants to make sure he isn’t a risk to himself or others.
Geik: You saying (expletive), (expletive), (expletive) and yelling across the street with a rifle in your hands …
Houseman: That’s my First Amendment right.
Geik: No it’s not. You can’t swear.
Houseman: That’s bull—. I can threaten you if I want to.
Geik: That’s incorrect.
Houseman: I can threaten you. I can threaten you’re family. I didn’t threaten your family, I said I could.
Unidentified officer: You said a war was coming.
Houseman: I didn’t say a war was coming.
Unidentified officer: You said a revolution is coming.
Houseman: Think about it. You know it is.[/box]
Despite that he was frightening people, making veiled threats, promising a coming revolution, and refusing to prove he was not intoxicated, officers said he could walk home and retrieve his penile extension the following day.
While it is entirely legal to openly carry an assault rifle in Michigan, it is not legal to obstruct justice, issue threats, or open carry while drunk.
In the end, Houseman apologized and said that his terrible attitude was because “we’re losing our rights.”
Houseman’s rifle was not in a sling, and he spent the entire tie “fidgeting” with it, but police say it was not evident that he was “brandishing” his Second Amendment Stick.