A 45-year-old Indiana man has attracted attention to himself after protesting the suspension of his driver’s license by carrying an assault rifle around on foot, WLFI-TV reported.
“I’m not willing to pay for something I didn’t do anymore,” Mulberry resident Jim Sanders was quoted as saying. “I’ve put out enough, given them enough. I’m not going to do it anymore.”
Sanders’ license was suspended after accumulating more than $900 in fines for various traffic violations, including possession of multiple licenses and failure to signal. After refusing to pay the fines, Sanders began taking the rifle with him while he walked. Police said state law allows him to do so, as long as he does not use it to threaten anyone.
However, Sanders told WLFI he only follows “lawful laws,” meaning he abides by the federal Constitution, but not local statutes or laws. He denied being part of the “sovereign citizen” movement, but identified himself as a “sovereign man.”
“I recognize the republic of Indiana,” he said. “I recognize the republic of the United States of America.”
Sanders, who walks with the help of a cane, said he is carrying the rifle to protect himself and his valuables, including copies of the Constitution and the Bible he keeps in a backpack.
The Lafayette Journal & Courier reported that Sanders also told police that a truck swerved at him while walking to Lafayette, about 12 miles away from Mulberry, hitting him with its rearview mirror. At the time, he was headed toward his doctor’s office to pick up pain relief medication.
Sanders said he would continue to carry the rifle on foot until Judge Michael Morrissey agreed to dismiss the fines against him.
“I’m doing this as a protest to draw attention to the unjustice that’s happening,” he told the Journal & Courier.
Watch WLFI’s report on Sanders’ protest, as aired last week, below.
Orange County teens busted for singing obscure Nazi song while giving Hitler salutes
Nearly a dozen high school students from Southern California delivered Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song in a video posted on social media.
The video was uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, along with lyrics to the song played for German troops during World War II, reported The Daily Beast.
A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District told the website administrators learned of the incident in March, four months after the video was posted, but declined to say whether any of the students were disciplined.
Former US ambassador to Denmark torches Trump’s Greenland plan on CNN: ‘I laughed until I cried’
Rufus Gifford, who previously served as the United States' ambassador to Denmark under former President Barack Obama, told CNN's John Berman that he can't believe President Donald Trump really thinks he can buy Greenland.
During a CNN interview Monday, Berman asked Gifford what his reaction was to the president publicly discussing his desire to do a "big" real estate deal with Denmark to buy Greenland.
Gifford did not respond positively.
"Honestly, I saw the Wall Street Journal headline when I was bound for Copenhagen," he said. "Like most people, I thought it was a joke. Reading more, it became confirmed. I shook my head, as I often say, many times as I've heard about Trump's foreign policy decisions, I laughed until I cried."
Watch: Trump bluntly busted by FEC chair for pushing phony voter fraud accusations
Appearing on CNN on Monday morning, the head of the Federal Election Commission had harsh words for President Donald Trump for continuing to push election fraud accusations, saying their investigation found absolutely no evidence to back up the president's claims.
Speaking with host John Berman, Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat who had been nominated in President George W. Bush's administration, got right to the point.
"Facts matter," Weintraub said of the president's accusations that he continues to repeat at his rallies. "And people of America need to be able to believe what their leaders tell them. It is damaging to our democracy to spread information that as you yourself just described as baseless."