On January 26, 2019, Trinity County (Texas) Sheriff Woody Wallace posted a reckless and dangerous pro-gun meme to his official Facebook page.
The meme combines art from Dr. Seuss with a photo of a handgun super-imposed over one of the character’s hands. The text reads: I CARRY A GUN AT THE MALL, I CARRY A GUN PLAYING BALL, I WILL CARRY A GUN HERE AND THERE, I WILL CARRY A GUN EVERYWHERE. The image was made by a radical pro-gun fundraising operation run by Penn State graduate Mark Montesano.
When Sheriff Wallace posted the meme, he captioned, “Every law abiding citizen should!” That was it. He did not make it clear there are age restrictions on gun ownership and possession. He didn’t say the meme was intended for adults, not children, in his community. He didn’t tell constituents that malls and other public venues have regulations of their own pertaining to firearms, like restricted spaces. And he didn’t declare that playing sports with a gun on your body is a terrible idea that heightens the risk of an unintended discharge of the weapon.
Please contact Sheriff Woody Wallace through one of the channels below and give him the following message, personalized to your liking:
Sheriff Wallace, delete the dangerous Dr. Seuss with a handgun meme (from “The Triggered Millennials”) that you posted to your official Facebook group on January 26, 2019. You are a municipal official tasked with ensuring public safety and here you are promoting a cavalier, dangerous message on guns that could get someone hurt or killed. How is any child viewing that meme going to understand it is not meant for them when they see Dr. Seuss art? And telling constituents to play sports with loaded weapons on their bodies is just idiotic. Are you TRYING to cause an unintended discharge? You are going to get someone hurt or killed with your gun fetishism. What you should be sharing is information on gun safety and the special responsibilities gun owners have when they occupy a home with children. Don’t cause suffering in your own community to flaunt your pride. Be better than that.
Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace
Phone: (936) 642-1424
Also, let the Dr. Seuss Foundation know about the unauthorized use of their copyrighted material by calling them at (858) 454-7384 or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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