We had an unfortunate and unwelcome confrontation tonight at Occupy Lubbock.
Three people drove up and yelled the usual provocative remarks about getting a job from a loudspeaker on their truck. One of our members walked up to the truck to talk to them. He was greeted with: “Step closer and we’ll f—-n kick your a–.” He walked up and said, “What’s your problem? This is a peaceful movement.” Then, the door swung open and a gun was pointed in his face. They told him to get on his knees. He ran away and called the police. The police showed up and arrested our member for an unpaid parking ticket. The three hooligans in the truck were released after talking to police because the gun owner had a Concealed Handgun License.
To reiterate: Occupy Lubbock is a peaceful, nonviolent movement. We think it is a shame that someone felt the need to point a gun at an unarmed person exercising his first amendment rights, attempting to engage in dialogue, and outnumbered three-to-one.
Violence, or even the threat of violence, is not going to solve America’s problems. We encourage and invite conversation and collaboration.