TOPEKA (AP) — 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.
Reached at his workplace, Jonathan Holder affirmed he was the person who posted the message earlier this month, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports. 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 Officer John Lacy told the AP the case remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.
Holder didn’t immediately respond to an email or phone message from The Associated Press. But he reasserted his position Monday in a Facebook message, saying “I stand by what I said and frankly don’t care who doesn’t like it.”
As the commander of a squadron based at a Kansas National Guard Armory in Emporia, Holder is among the adult mentors responsible for promoting integrity and self-discipline among cadets as young as 12.
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. Col. Linette Lahan of the Civil Air Patrol didn’t immediately respond to an email from the AP.
Clayton’s bill faces an uncertain future given enthusiasm among many legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback for legislation that affirms the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Brownback signed the conceal-carry law that Clayton seeks to modify. An opponent of Clayton’s bill, Rep. John Whitmer, R-Wichita, said the measure was “dead on arrival.”