Head gun-nut tries racial fear-mongering in State Fair debate

Reminiscent of 1960's pro-segregation scare tactics:

How about this headline: “ ‘Beat Whitey Night’ at Iowa State Fair”? – “Police are investigating whether a series of assaults at the Iowa State Fair were racially motivated since the attackers reportedly announced it was ‘ Beat Whitey Night.’ ”

The Christian Science Monitor reports: “Wisconsin State Fair mob attack: Police seek hate crime charges” – “Police in West Allis, Wis., say some attacks by black teenagers on white people outside the gates of the Wisconsin State Fair on Aug. 4 were racially motivated and should be prosecuted as hate crimes.” At a previous Wisconsin fair, the mayor of Milwaukee was beaten with a metal pipe.

Not surprisingly, these comments could have been taken directly from a White Supremacist website. It is surprising to see them in the pages of the state's flagship newspaper though, and the News & Observer's editorial staff needs to do some serious soul-searching on whether they are trying to give both sides of a debate some column space, or help fan the flames of racial strife for controversy's sake.

McCrory backs Troxler on banning guns from state fair

Increasing the likelihood of Paul Valone's head exploding from rage and frustration:

Gov. Pat McCrory doesn’t want to allow guns into the N.C. State Fair, according to his office. That means he’s supporting Steve Troxler, the head of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in trying to uphold a ban on firearms at the Fair in the face of a potential legal challenge.

Troxler is a supporter of the right to carry a concealed firearm, but believes that guns would be detrimental to the Fair’s family-friendly environment, he said at a press briefing on Tuesday. McCrory supports that position, according to Josh Ellis, a spokesman for the governor. “Commissioner Troxler called the governor yesterday to discuss the situation. The governor agrees with the commissioner’s conclusion,” Ellis wrote in an email on Wednesday night.

Just a warning to the Gubernatorial staff: You can expect a barrage of nasty phone calls incited by Grass Roots NC and NC Renegade, and you should record every single one of them for security purposes. There may be some e-mails as well, but it's hard to bark and growl in an electronic format

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