COMMISSION ORDERS MAN TO MOVE HIS TRUCK, DUE TO GUN DECAL
Brenton Linegar owns a small plumbing contracting business in Anchorage. His firm was working on the building leased to the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights at 800 A Street.
When one of his employees went out to the work truck on Thursday, he found a note on it from the executive director of the commission, telling him to “not park this truck with that offensive sticker in this parking lot.” Along with that note, written on the back of the state worker’s business card, was another business card, belonging to a state probation officer.
The sticker on the back of the truck that offended the state workers says “Black Rifles Matter.” It has an image of a semi-automatic rifle.
Linegar sees it as a pro-Second Amendment sticker. But the government worker saw it as racist and said so in an email that has made its way around the internet. She was clearly triggered.
The Human Rights Commission was so troubled by the truck sticker that it even posted a picture of it on the Facebook page for the agency — official state property:
Linegar says he’s tired of being bullied, and that there’s nothing offensive about the sticker. There’s even a Black Rifle Coffee Company, which sports semi-automatic stickers and is decidedly pro-Second Amendment. It’s a company that’s owned by veterans.
Linegar says a couple of his employees are not white, and they drive that particular truck.
Is it a play on words for “Black Lives Matter?” Yes, perhaps, he said. But the “Black Guns Matter” movement was started by an African American to educate blacks about their Second Amendment rights.
Support for the Second Amendment is not offensive to many Alaskans. GunsandAmmo says that Alaska is nearly tied with Arizona for being the best state for gun owners. Arizona only won the top spot due to its accessibility to competitive shooting opportunities.
And a quick tour of the Internet show there are a multitude of other plays on that particular “lives matter” phrase, such as “All Lives Matter,” or this St. Patrick’s Day rendition, sold at Etsy.com, which says “Irish Livers Matter.”
Linegar hasn’t filed a complaint against the Human Rights Commission Executive Director Marti Buscaglia or probation officer Kendall Rhyne.
But he might have a case that his constitutional rights were violated by government workers with vast powers to hurt individuals and who can — and maybe already has — harmed Linegar’s family business.
After hundreds of comments on the State Human Rights Commission Facebook page criticizing its actions, Commission posted an explanation of its actions and removed the original post. Even that brought comments from many late into the night on Thursday and by Friday morning there were over 500 comments in response to the agency’s explanation.