Unlawfully Armed Republican Arrested Near Obama Speech was Bush Employee

Unlawfully Armed Republican Arrested Near Obama Speech was Bush Employee

Joshua Bowman, a Republican who worked for the executive office of Bush Administration on tech issues, was arrested last September with two guns and hundreds of rounds of ammo near the Capitol during an Obama speech. Though his arrest was widely reported, his connection to the Bush administration was not reported at that time and has just come to light this morning, courtesy of Mother Jones.

A pause here, as we digest the fact that the media failed to report this salient point. Had the shoe been on the other foot, the Republican poutrage party would be patrolling cable TV for the next several years, warning of “crazy liberal radicals, threatening the President”.

Last September, Bowman was stopped as he attempted to park near the Capitol without a permit, which lead to Capitol Police searching his car. Police found a Beretta 12 gauge automatic, a .22 caliber long rifle and over 400 rounds of ammo in the trunk. The guns were not loaded. He was eventually charged with two counts of unregistered firearms and unlawful possession of ammunition.

In what can only be described as further evidence of the over-arching sense of Republican entitlement, Braun, a friend of Bowman’s, suggested that “Bowman was only caught with the guns because he was used to having a White House security pass and expected to be able to park near the Capitol. He probably wouldn’t have been stopped and searched by Capitol Police if he had still had the pass.”

So, it was OK to drive around with unregistered, unlawful firearms when he had a security pass, because no one would have checked his car. The old “if they don’t catch us, it’s cool!” defense. The defense of a spoiled child.

Braun continued his defense of Bowman, “They were making him sound like a terrorist,” Braun said. “Does [Bowman] look like a terrorist? He has the élan to walk around with a bowtie…. He worked for a Republican administration and he was pretty much the last person in the Democratic administration. It’s not that he thought the new administration was right or wrong.”

Gun Owner Nabbed Near Obama Was Bush Employee

Oh, so his bow-tie should exonerate him? If the bow-tie fits, we have to acquit?

Supposedly Bowman didn’t have an opinion on the Obama administration when he attempted to park near the Capitol with unlawful weapons? He didn’t think the new administration was “Right or wrong”, but he did sport a bumper sticker reading:

“I’ll keep my guns, freedom, and money…. you keep the change.”

Riiiight. And y’all found WMD, too. I know. I know.

Secret Service didn’t think Bowman was intending any harm to the President, mostly because they knew him from his years on the Bush White House (Yes..I know – this should be a red flag, not a pass).

Bowman had apparently been “duck hunting” the previous weekend and forgotten to unload his trunk. That happens to me all of the time, but I usually carry a few M16’s just in case an animal has the gall to outrun me. So, yeah, I totally get how this kind of victimization and political targeting keeps happening to Republicans. Forget that it’s illegal to carry unregistered guns in the District of Columbia. This guy needed to kill some ducks! What do you people not get? He has a Bush pass! C’mon!

Perhaps Bowman was one of the people responsible for Bush’s emails, which are still being “recovered” from their hiding place, and he just felt the need to arm himself from “change”; i.e., being busted for the hidden emails. As Fox News would say, can he prove he wasn’t intending harm in order to save himself from the repercussions? Oh, no, I am so kidding about that. Billo, relax! If Glenn were here, we’d have this guy drawn, quartered and hung already and we wouldn’t even need to have this discussion. Guilty until proven innocent!

Just imagine if you will the following scenario:

A previous Clinton administration employee attempts to park with a trunk full of illegal weapons and ammo next to Bush’s White House, in a car with a bumper sticker reading “I’ll keep my guns and my freedom, you keep your Illegal War!”

And then imagine imaginary Clinton employee acts all persecuted when stopped by police, insisting: “I don’t have an opinion on the Bush administration good or bad. After all, I’m wearing a bow-tie!”

Tell me that wouldn’t be on the news for the next ten years. Republicans would all be wearing bow-ties to mock the loser Dem who tried to use such a foolish excuse to get out of a federal crime, and shortly thereafter, they would be calling for impeachment just because some Dem had “palled around” with the guy.

“They’re treating him like some kind of terrorists…” Right. Aren’t y’all the same folks who arrested unarmed people who wore anti-Bush t-shirts near W, because they seemed like they might be dangerous?

Republicans: Party of the veiled threats and simmering rage, always ready to dissemble; Orwellian speech at the ready.

If the Secret Service doesn’t think this guy intended harm, then they did the right thing. I’m not second guessing their decision.

But FYI, Republicans, profiling would include NOT arresting someone who is carrying illegal weapons just because he “doesn’t look like a terrorist” (i.e., he’s wearing a bow-tie). We know how concerned y’all are for our safety, so we’ll thank you to leave this sorry sort of reasoning at home now that you’ve been elected out of office.

And profiling would justify arresting a far right radical who’s illegally armed and has a bumper sticker nattering on about his guns and freedom. At least, according to the DHS. And we all know how y’all don’t like to be PC, so we’re sure you can understand our concern here as we profile your bow-tied friend, Bowman.

Yup. Put a bow-tie on a guy and he can carry all of the illegal weapons he wants and drive them right up to the Capitol. Shhhh….don’t tell the “real” terrorists!

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7 Replies to “Unlawfully Armed Republican Arrested Near Obama Speech was Bush Employee”

  1. So much for the “liberal media”. I wanted to laugh out loud and cry out in anger and disappointment by turns while reading the article.

    I wonder why all these clowns who keep bringing guns and weapons within range of President Obama keep being excused with the “they don’t mean anything by it” comments? To me, even bringing dangerous items close by is a de facto aggressive and threatening gesture. The offenders should be punished by removal from the area, at a minimum.

    If they don’t mean anything by it, they would not have intentionally brought the weapon in the first place.

  2. isn’t it.

    At times, it seems as if we live in an upside down world. Palin has managed, as leader of the Teapublicans, to never do a Sunday talk show, never engage the press, and hide behind Bush like bans on the press….all the while, whining about her first amendment rights.

    While Obama allows people with loaded weapons to protest outside of his events, even as they bear a threatening t-shirt slogan most often associated with Timothy McVey (domestic terrorist). And still the right whines about their gun rights and dons their tin foil hats about FEMA camps.

    This is the result of the uneducated being falsely elevated in status as equal to the educated; idiot versus citizen, as the Greeks said.

    There can’t be any justice because a large segment of the population is misinformed and ignorant. We allow them to contribute equally to the debate because they have guilt tripped us about their rights, even as they refuse to participate in true citizenship by educating themselves formally.

    Is that elitist? Not when education is free on the internet and libraries are free, so that any person who wishes to learn can learn. A true patriot educates themselves.

    Wearing a flag pin whilst praying for the death of your political opponents and draping tea bags from your hat does not a patriot make.

  3. Even for a moment giving this guy the benefit of the doubt, that he had been hunting and left his guns and ammo in the car…………because, stupid happens…….. why was this guy trying to park near the capital? Was he planning to attend Obama’s speech and just to lazy to park where other people had to park?

    What I haven’t looked up yet was how he was transporting these weapons. There are rules about safe transportation, just like there are ‘open bottle’ laws, requiring weapons in transit be safely under lock and key as opposed to accessible to the persons riding in the interior of a vehicle, and with the ammo separate from the weapon – which does seem to be the case, to the extent the weapons were not loaded. That is one of the pieces of info that actually argue in my thoughts that, heck, maybe this guy really was just stupid.

    My firearms training which included the applicable laws was in a different jurisdiction, not DC, so I have no idea what their rules entail, or if they are stricter or just different (or not). Whille the bumpe sticker presents this guy’s politics, it is entirely possible those politics are not as scary as those who wear teabags on their hats. (I love it when it rains while they do that – nothing like ‘cold brewed’ headgear.)

    Which I suppose is the difference between ‘them’ and ‘us’. I can actually consider the possibility that this guy was just really really really stupid, but did not intend to shoot anyone. It would take more than a relatively mild bumper sticker to cause me the kind of hysteria that I associate with the fear mongering Bush era fanatics.

    Stupid or not, at least this guy hasn’t shot any of his friends in the face accidentally, so he’s not as dangerous as Darth Cheney, LOL!

    Course, it serves them right to have bloggers rubbing their noses in it; well done Sara J!

  4. I don’t think he intended to shoot anyone; but of course, I don’t know that. It seems that his weapons were weapons used for hunting, etc. But look, he’s NOT stupid. He was a tech guy for the Bush admin.He knew he didn’t have a security pass anymore. He knew it was illegal to do what he was doing.

    I think the danger of the right’s radical positions and the threatening language they’ve adopted even in terms of “debate” is that we can never be sure now. His bumper sticker identifies him as someone who’s political beliefs are those of the potential right wing terrorists the Dept of Homeland sec warned about.

    AT what point will they take responsibility for this? They are constantly demanding to be treated as if they are not possibly a threat, and yet they behave in threatening manners and we’ve already been warned and seen the result of a few right wing nut jobs in the past year.

    The largest issue to me is the discrepancy in coverage and the fact that the Dems did not choose to use this for political points, unlike the right.

    They need to grow up, and apply the same rules to themselves as they want all of us to follow. Mistakes happen, but blowing it off and saying you are wearing a bow-tie so you shouldn’t be suspect is childishly elitist and steeped in privilege. DId you notice how he said he was a “Republican!” as if that meant his character was a given?

    It’s really about the privilege and hypocrisy to me. He must have driven onto the capitol with guns before, and just figured that he was above the law because he had a pass. That or he is a real nut job, but I have to believe the SS knows their job or I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.

  5. If people still considered the second amendment to be valid, this issue would be irrelevant. Don’t forget to use your common sense to see that a shotgun and a .22 aren’t weapons that would pose a threat to anybody at a distance. The guy made a stupid mistake and now he has to pay the consequences.

  6. Actually a 22 will go up to a mile so that’s not long range to you and before you start I have used 22 long shells to kill ground hogs up to 300 yards. Next, common sense is right why bring a gun to where the president is speaking at all?

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