Bundy Cobb, a Georgia veteran certified by the National Rifle Association in firearms training, was ordered to remove a hat that reads “NRA Instructor” when he went to vote, the Daily Caller reported Monday. According to Chuck Ross, poll workers claimed the hat is too closely associated with the Republican Party.
“I went by the first two ladies, and they didn’t say anything,” Cobb told the Daily Caller. “And then the next lady, she said ‘sir, you’re going to have to take off your hat.’”
“What are you talking about?” Cobb recalled asking. He saw another man in line wearing a hat and asked, “What’s the difference between his hat and mine?” Workers then explained they believe the hat was too closely associated with the GOP.
“It kind of caught me off guard,” he told the Daily Caller. Cobb said he has worn the hat to the same voting place three times and said the demand infringes on his right of self-expression.
“It’s ridiculous,” he said of the demand. “My hat advertises my business.”
Cobb removed the hat, but didn’t let the issue die. He contacted the Fox affiliate in Atlanta and the state board of elections, which, the Daily Caller said, is investigating the incident. Laurie Fulton, the Douglas County board of elections supervisor, told Fox the decision was made out of an abundance of caution.
“The courts have found that anything that suggests associated with the NRA in many people’s perceptions is associated with the Republican party,” Fulton said. “So in an overabundance of caution Mr. Cobb was asked to remove the hat so that no one could interpret that we were playing any favoritism over one party versus the other.”
But Fulton couldn’t cite a single court case to back up her statement and said there was no clear precedent at the state level for prohibiting NRA gear. Instead, she cited an incident where a voter complained about a man wearing another NRA hat. She also consulted with an election official in another county who reportedly said NRA hats “fell under the same sort of grey area” as a ruling that banned “Don’t Tread on Me” Tea Party t-shirts.
Cobb called the ruling ridiculous and said membership in the NRA has nothing to do with political leanings. But confusion on the part of uninformed poll workers is understandable, given that Democrats across the country have worked overtime to strip Americans of their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. A post at BizPac Review said that “if the NRA happens to be associated with the Republican Party, it’s because Republicans agree with the NRA on the basic constitutional freedom guaranteed by the Second Amendment – not because NRA members are Republicans.”
As we have reported numerous times, Democrats in Missouri and other states have proposed laws allowing for the confiscation of firearms primarily because of their appearance. In 2012, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, told Americans they need to simply turn in their legally-owned firearms.
“I would personally just say to those who are listening, maybe you want to turn in your guns,” she said. “Oh no, I’m not going to take your guns. But look at what Dick’s Sporting Goods did … they wanted to be part of the solution and part of America,” suggesting that gun owners aren’t real Americans.