A Mississippi congressional candidate said that mayors who oppose Chick-fil-A because of CEO Dan Cathy's views on same-sex marriage "need to be introduced to the Second Amendment."
In a letter to the Biloxi Sun Herald, Ron Williams, a Libertarian candidate running in Mississippi's 4th congressional district, wrote that mayors like Chicago's Rahm Emanuel and Boston's Tom Menino should be removed from office "by whatever means is necessary."
Both mayors have spoken out against the popular fast-food chain since Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that he was "guilty as charged" when asked whether he believes marriage should be strictly between a man and a woman.
Last month, Menino sent a letter to the company urging it to stay out of Boston due to Cathy's "prejudiced statements." After a Chicago alderman said he would block the company from building its second Windy City location in his ward, Emanuel issued a statement declaring that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values."
“Let me make it clear, the CEO is being punished by government officials because he exercised his First Amendment right of free speech," Williams said in the letter, which the Sun Herald wrote about Wednesday. "The Constitution is very clear. When government restricts and punishes the people for exercising their First Amendment rights, then we are to default to the Second Amendment (right to keep and bear arms). These two mayors need to be introduced to the Second Amendment ASAP.”
When asked about his letter's comments, Williams told the Sun Herald that he was exaggerating and not advising "anybody to go shoot anybody."
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