Gun totin' tea baggers

What are you starin' at?

Randy Dye will sometimes carry a gun on his hip, right out in the open, no jacket pulled over it, no inside-the-belt holster. It draws funny looks, and Dye doesn't much care.

One time, Dye explains, he was standing in line for a money order when the guy behind him asked, "Are you a police officer?" Dye said no, and the guy kept staring, so Dye stared back. "We good?" Dye asked, and the conversation stopped.

"I wasn't trying to intimidate," says Dye, a retired trauma nurse in Chatham County. "He approached me. If you don't understand your constitutional rights, you need to go read them."

Setting aside for the moment the gun rights/gun control argument, the article itself contains a glaring omission: no mention whatsoever of Randy Dye being one of the most prominent and active leaders of the Tea Party/Patriot movement in the state and the region. Either the author didn't know or didn't think it relevant, and I'm hard-pressed choosing which one is worst.

It wouldn't take much digging if it were the former, since other reporters there seem to know:

About a dozen supporters of GOP Congressional candidate Tim D'Annunzio picketed state GOP headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday to protest state chairman Tom Fetzer's endorsement of his primary opponent.

"He broke the rules that the chairman can not be involved until after the primary," said Randy Dye of Chatham County, who is active in the Tea Party movement.

If it was the latter, that the reporter didn't see the need to make the connection, methinks somebody needs to sit this boy down and explain this whole "news" thing from the beginning.



I saw that article this morning and thought "What a maroon!" (thenk yew, Bugs)

And THANK YOU, Steve, for noticing that this same lunatic is enthralled by D'Annunzio.

Something tells me this little detail really did slip by the reporter, because it is difficult to imagine that it would have been purposely omitted from the article.

This is going to sound bad,

but the first thought that crossed my mind when I saw this article was:

"Retired Trauma Nurse"

Ah, the comfort of irony.

I'm still waiting...

...for one of these "if you don't know your constitutional rights" characters to explain in detail that particularly sticky part about the "well regulated militia."


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR