Christopher Traynor Fox, the 39-year-old from San Jose, California who was charged with making threatening calls to Mayor Daley, is now denying that he threatened to shoot Daley. Fox's denial came Friday afternoon in the Santa Clara County Jail.
"So, Daley apologized, and he is off the hook, but I am still in jail," said Fox, this past Friday. "I have no bus tickets, no plane ticket; I wasn't planning on going anywhere. I'm not a threat."
Some people, including Mr. Fox himself, are trying to equate what he did with what Mayor Daley did. There's no comparison. The mayor was being video-taped when he made those stupid remarks, obviously intended to express the fact that guns are dangerous and removing them from the streets is good.
Christopher Fox, on the other hand, picked up the phone, called long distance and said the same kind of stupid remarks to Mayor Daley who is a public official.
The mayor's comments required nothing to ensure public safety. Some people decided afterwards to make a big deal out of it, but that happened afterwards when it was already clear there had been no threat.
Mr. Fox was arrested as he should have been. His level of threat needed to be determined and if necessary neutralized by his detention. In my opinion, he should now be released and charged with some minor offenses. But since these involve gun ownership and his mental state and threatening a public official, he should forfeit his rights to own guns the same way a domestic violence offender does.
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