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UPDATE: Civil Air Patrol Officer Out

KSAL StaffFebruary 1, 2017

A lieutenant colonel in Kansas’ Civil Air Patrol has resigned his command after posting on Facebook that a state lawmaker should “swing from a tree” for introducing a bill that would undo a law allowing concealed weapons on college campuses starting in July.

The Civil Air Patrol also said in a statement that it “does not condone such behavior from its members.”

Jonathan Holder said in the initial post, which has since been removed, that he was offended that Republican Rep. Stephanie Clayton, of Overland Park, proposed legislation that would undermine his constitutional rights. Overland Park police continue to investigate.

Holder didn’t immediately respond to an email message from The Associated Press. But he said Monday in a Facebook message that “I stand by what I said.”

ORIGINAL: A lieutenant colonel in Kansas’ Civil Air Patrol said in a Facebook post that a state lawmaker should “swing from a tree” for introducing a bill that would undo a law allowing concealed weapons on college campuses starting in July.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Jonathan Holder affirmed he was the person who posted the message earlier this month. Holder said in the initial post that he was offended that Republican Rep. Stephanie Clayton, of Overland Park, proposed legislation that would undermine his constitutional rights.

In one of the Facebook posts on the subject of concealed carry, Holder reacted to Clayton’s post made in support of her bill. Holder replied that she ought to be hanged for her misguided proposal on concealed weapons. In that post, he said: “This bitch needs to swing from a tree for violating her oath.”

Holder followed with a post asserting public officials seeking to impose unconstitutional mandates ought to be severely sanctioned and that capital punishment should be considered a viable option.

Kansas Adjutant General’s Department spokeswoman Katie Horner said the agency “does not condone the statements.” The department oversees the Air Patrol’s budget but not its operations.

Overland Park Police Officer John Lacy says the case remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal

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