So, on January 1st I became a criminal in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado.
What did I do? Absolutely nothing. The town that advertises its tolerance and acceptance of alternative lifestyles with billboards and fanfare passed what they think is an assault weapons ban.
Not only can I no longer purchase many of the most common and popular firearms in America, but to keep any that I already own (without becoming a criminal), I was to self-identify, submit myself to the police for investigation, present my firearm for inspection, pay for yet another background check and pay yet again for permission slips to keep what I already own.
The decision I had to make wasn’t whether or not I would comply with this hateful and bigoted law, there is simply no way that I could. The decision I had to make was whether or not I would go public with my disobedience. Potentially thousands of my neighbors who hold the same values and core beliefs as I do are now living in the shadows, forced into the closet for their unacceptable lifestyle, always looking over their shoulders for fear of being caught. All from a progressive city government that did so much to help others with different lifestyles.
If this isn’t hate, I don’t know what is.
I am now open to arrest and incarceration, having my firearms confiscated and destroyed, and forced to pay large fines because my community hates my lifestyle and core beliefs. I am nervous and anxious about the uncertainty ahead. Many have told me I should just move out of my own hometown since I’m no longer welcomed, shades of “America, love it or leave it.”
Foolishly I thought tolerance was tolerating people who have different beliefs than yourself, even if you hate those beliefs. Boulder is teaching me otherwise.
Please read my column on why I am doing this.
It’s making national news.
And I explain it all in this quick video.
Thank you for your support through this.
And stay tuned, I’ll keep you updated on what’s happening with future videos.