Last week, retailer Travis Corcoran , owner of the Arlington, Mass. online retailer HeavyInk posted some repulsive comments on his personal blog about the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. We didn’t cover them because they were so obviously a sickening play for attention: “1 down, 534 to go.” After Bleeding Cool made the connection between Corcoran and the blog (which the retailer has since removed), creators tweeted that they didn’t want to be sold at HeavyInk, and Corcoran responded with several rambling, defiant blog posts, including such gems as
It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot “indiscriminately”.
Target only politicians and their staff, and leave regular citizens alone.
Well, it’s a free country and people like Corcoran are certainly free to prove what giant assholes they are. However, threatening government officials in the current atmosphere seems like a particularly imprudent — not to mention insensitive — thing to do. And maybe it’s just plain dumb. The Boston Globe reports that authorities have taken away a sizable stash of guns and ammo found at Corcoran’s home while they investigate his threats. Corcoran’s firearms license has been suspended on the grounds of “suitability.”
Bongiorno said police found the comment reposted on ComicsAlliance.com in a story that said Corcoran first made the comment in a blog. Bongiorno said Corcoran has since redacted the comments, but police consider the threat to be credible until they can prove otherwise. Police have also contacted federal law enforcement agencies about the comment.
Last time we checked, we were still electing our officials the Constitutionally mandated way, so maybe it’s not yet time for that well-regulated militia to take arms against a sea of health care, Travis Corcoran to the contrary.