After being notified of Arlington resident Travis Corcoran’s controversial blog post in which he implied members of Congress ought to be shot, the Arlington Police Department (APD) has placed a suspension on his license to carry firearms and seized all of his weapons.
Corcoran wrote and uploaded a post to his blog…following the Jan. 8 shooting of United States Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tuscan titled “1 down, 534 to go,” suggesting the other 534 members of Congress should be next. In an interview with the Advocate after the post gained wide attention on the Internet but before police became involved, Corcoran compared his post to a joke made among a group of friends in a casual setting.
APD Capt. Robert Bongiorno said the department took his statements made in the blog as a credible threat and took precautionary measures. The weapons were seized Jan. 13.
“Officers took a large amount of weapons and ammunition. Currently, we are working with federal law enforcement partners and the case remains an active and open investigation,” he said.
An “About TJIC” section of the blog suggested Corcoran may have owned around 10 guns. His license was issued out of Arlington.
He tried to back away from the reaction to his crass idiocy – round one – by advising “while you are in the process of assassinating those 534 political leaders, it is important to aim very carefully so that you do not kill random people around them, as that would be wrong”.
Now, he says, he was just joking – just like you would among close friends.
2 thoughts on “Police seize blogger’s guns after he endorses Tuscon shootings”
Threats are punishable, although they’ll have a difficult time proving this case in court because what he wrote was not a threat, specific or implied imo.
I agree he probably was joking. Too bad for him though that jokes too often have a way of backfiring.
On the flip side, there are crazies out there that would see this as encouragement for taking out another congressman.