If you’re a longtime reader or viewer/listener to Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co, you’ve heard me talk about the importance of being a “good ambassador for the Second Amendment.” Most Americans aren’t gun owners themselves and know very little about the intricacies of the gun control debate, so gun owners can have an outsized influence on those folks when we present our arguments with an eye towards persuading the undecideds and unwares, rather than simply pontificating and playing to our fellow 2A activists.
Take the case of Suzanne Kaye. a Florida woman who’s under investigation for allegedly participating in the storming of the U.S. Capitol last month. At the moment, Kaye’s not facing any charges related to the riot on January 6th, but she is facing federal charges of “knowingly and intentionally transmitting “a communication containing a threat to injure the person of another” after using social media to threaten to shoot FBI agents who sought to interview her about the Capitol riot.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Kaye, an anonymous tipster called the FBI to report Kaye, alleging that she had posted “anti-Biden” statements (which is still not a crime… yet, anyway) and had claimed to be at the Capitol on January 6th. The FBI couldn’t find any evidence on Kaye’s social media that the Floridian had traveled to D.C., but they reached out to her via telephone. Kaye denied going to the Capitol, but according to the government she told the FBI that she was aware of other individuals who had done so, and agreed to talk to agents in person if they came to her home.
However, in a video uploaded to Facebook a few days after her call with the FBI titled “F**k the FBI!!”, Kaye spoke about receiving a phone call from the FBI about her travel to Washington DC. She addresses her “TikTok patriot friends” saying, “Gotta have a drink.”
She continued, “Just got a call from the FBI and they want to come talk to me about my visit to DC on January 6. I told them you can’t come and talk to me unless I have counsel, and being that I can’t afford counsel, you’ll have to arrest me so I can use my right of counsel.”
She then goes on to threaten violence against the FBI agents who would want to interview her, saying, “You think I’m gonna let you come f**king talk to me? You’re out your motherf**king mind, bro. That’s not gonna happen. I’m a f**king patriot, and I exercise my First Amendment right, my freedom of speech, and my Second Amendment right to shoot your f**king ass if you come here.”
To be fair, I can understand being angry about the FBI contacting Kaye based on nothing more than an anonymous tip that appears to have no basis in reality. I can even understand taking a big pull from your Jack Daniels bottle before letting the world know what you really think (though generally when I drink and post on social media I’m just singing karaoke with my buddy Adam Trahan).
What I can’t understand is thinking its a good idea to proclaim that you’re going to shoot someone because they want to speak with you, or that you think you have a Second Amendment right to do so.
In fact, Kaye was so gobsmackingly stupid that she actually posted two videos making the same threat.
She posted the video to Facebook, and then a second video to TikTok. In the second video, she repeated the threat as a cover of ‘Every Breath You Take’ plays in the background. She says, “I know my f**king rights. My Second Amendment right to carry a gun to shoot your f**king ass if you come to my house. So f**k you, f**k you following me, I don’t care. I’m glad you know who I am, motherf**ker.”
According to the criminal complaint, Kaye also uploaded the video to her Instagram account.
I have no idea if Kaye is legitimately just a moron, someone who made an awful alcohol-fueled mistake, someone addicted to the dopamine rush that she gets from likes on social media, or a combination of the three, but it’s clear that she has no idea about her “f***ing rights,” including her right to remain silent.
The Second Amendment is about self-defense, not shooting anyone who comes to your house. Under Florida law, “a person is justified in using deadly force (and does not have a duty to retreat) if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony or to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another.”
The FBI obviously wasn’t going to commit a forcible felony against Kaye by interviewing her at her home by her own invitation. While I have no way of knowing what Kaye’s motivation was in proclaiming her threats to federal agents for all the world to see, I do know that Suzanne Kaye is the exact opposite of a good ambassador for the Second Amendment, and I’m having a really hard time finding any sympathy for her, given that she’s completely responsible for the legal trouble she now faces.
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