The Libertarian Republic published an article from Joshua Ferguson on Tuesday criticizing Libertarian National Committee chairman Nicholas Sarwark. Sarwark has come under fire for his recent tweet accusing a Missouri couple of breaking the law for brandishing firearms as trespassing protestors descended on their property.
This appears to be a Class D felony in Missouri, a violation of 571.030 RSMo, subsection 1, subdivision (4), Unlawful use of weapons.
“knowingly exhibits, in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner” https://t.co/W0NbrkaXIk
— Nicholas Sarwark (@nsarwark) June 29, 2020
In a stunning and brave example of top-tier Twittering, Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark has shown us, once again, how to analyze a complex situation and get it completely wrong from even a basic understanding of libertarianism.
Yes, by ignoring the context of the situation you could interpret Missouri statute 571.030 RSMo, subsection 1, subdivision (4), “Unlawful use of weapons” to apply to the armed civilians protecting their property but are libertarians now in the business of using laws to dictate our principles?
Because if so I need to point out that selling less than 35g of Marijuana is a Class C felony in Missouri which holds a stronger sentence than the Class D felony Mr. Sarwark so vociferously reminded us exists.
Is the Chair of the Libertarian Party now going to argue that all people who possess 1 & 1/2 ounces of weed in Missouri are violating a Class C felony in response to people supporting drug legalization?
Somehow I doubt it.
Like those who use democracy only when it suits their ends, here we have Sarwark similarly attempting to weaponize the law for woke points.
I expected the Chair of the Libertarian Party to choose private property over trespassers. I expected the Chair to choose self-defense over vague gun laws used to over-criminalize our society and chip away at our rights. I expected the Chair to honestly keep true to the very pledge he took in order to be a member of the party he chairs.