Come and Take it March: Gun rally held in Temple – Hundreds of gun owners participate in the Come and Take it Temple march and rally Saturday (June 1,2013). The rally included a march around downtown Temple and guest speakers. The rally was held partly in response to the Temple Police Department arresting Christopher J. Grisham on March 16 as he was carrying a rifle.
When arresting officer Steve Ermis of the Temple Police Department approached Army Master Sgt Chris Grisham he asked why he was carrying a loaded gun, to which Grisham replied “Because I can”.
Army Master Sgt Christopher Grisham in his own words:
Master Sgt. Christopher “C.J.” Grisham with a supporter Tuesday (Oct. 15, 2013) (Photo by Nick Delgado)
(BenSwannArchive ) –On March 16, 2013, my son and I were hiking along country roads among pastures and fields with my 15-year old son to help him earn his hiking merit badge. I always enjoy these father/son hikes because it gives me time alone with my son. As I always do when we go on these hikes and walks, I took my trusty rifle with me as there are coyotes, wild hogs, and cougars in our area. In Texas, it is legal to openly carry a rifle or shotgun as long as you do so in a manner that isn’t calculated to cause alarm. In other words, you can’t walk around waving your rifle at people. I always carry my rifle slung across my chest dangling, not holding it in my hands.
At about the 5 mile mark of our hike, a voice behind us asked us to stop and the officer motioned for us to approach him. He got out of his car and met us a few feet later. He asked us what we were doing and I explained that we were hiking for my son’s merit badge. He then asked me what I’m doing with the rifle, to which I responded in a calm manner, “Does it matter, officer? Am I breaking the law?”
At that point, the officer grabbed my rifle without warning or indication. He didn’t ask for my rifle and he didn’t suggest he would take it from me. He simply grabbed it. This startled me and I instantly pulled back – the rifle was attached to me – and I asked what he thought he was doing because he’s not taking my rifle. He then pulled his service pistol on me and told me to take my hands off the weapon and move to his car, which I complied with. He then slammed me into the hood of his car and I remembered I had a camera on me (one of the requirements of the hiking merit badge is to document your hikes). This video is the rest of that encounter. Up to this point, I am not told why I am being stopped, why he tried to disarm me, or even that I’m under arrest.
We did not set out that Saturday morning to “make a point” or cause problems. Our goal was to complete a 10-mile hike and return home without incident. My son chose a route that away from populated areas but near our home.
The arresting officer is Officer Steve Ermis and the supervisor is Sergeant Minnicks of the Temple Police Department.
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8r4MK3R4PI
Chris’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/chcknhawk
See this Article: http://www.examiner.com/article/active-duty-army-sergeant-arrested-for-rudely-displaying-a-hunting-rifle
“In an interesting twist, Deborah McKeon of the Telegram reported on Grisham’s story last month, shortly after he was arrested and wanted his guns back, said, “Grisham was arrested March 16, five days after Grisham urged the Temple City Council to declare that citizen rights to keep and bear arms will not be infringed upon.”
Coincidence? I think not.
Annnnnnd…..surprise, surprise…. County Prosecutor Ken Kalafut is a gun grabbing fascist Obama fan boy:
Bell County prosecutor Ken Kalafut, described by multiple sources as one of the few recognizable liberals in the heavily Republican area, took on the case.
“The prosecutor in that case [Kalafut] has a picture of President Obama behind him in his office, and he sits there and tells me, ‘I will make sure that gun does not fall into anyone else’s hands. I will have that gun destroyed,’” [Grisham’s attorney, Kurt] Glass said.
Kalafut declined to be interviewed for this story [SHOCKER!]. Private investigator Garcia told TheDC that Kalafut is “probably the bandleader” of gun-control efforts in the community.
“My attorney received the incident reports and official charges from the DA today. The “resisting arrest” (class A misdemeanor) charge has disappeared and been replaced with “interference with public duties” (class B misdemeanor) charge. Neither charge is cause for taking my firearms and they still have not been returned. Now that we have official charges and incident reports, more information will be released this week. I am completely innocent of this and all charges and time will show that I did nothing wrong besides stand up for my rights as an American.”
Christopher’s case has since went to trial which is now over, as both sides rested Wednesday (Oct. 16, 2013) and the jury have begun their deliberations.
Update Oct. 18, 2013:
Temple: No Verdict Yet For Soldier At Center Of Gun Rights Debate
TEMPLE (October 17, 2013)–Jurors deliberated for almost eight hours Thursday without reaching a verdict in the trial of Army Master Sgt. Christopher “C.J.” Grisham of Temple.
They were dismissed and ordered to report to resume deliberations Friday morning [Oct. 18, 2013].
During deliberations Thursday, jurors asked to review video of the encounter that Grisham’s son shot and video from a dash-camera in a patrol unit.
The jury started deliberating the case Thursday morning.
Both sides rested Wednesday afternoon.