NOTE: This story has been updated to include a statement from Pastor Tom Vineyard, Chairman of the OK2A Board of Directors.
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A Republican Oklahoma State Senator is calling for the removal of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association’s leader over a comment that mentions “going to the ammo box” in reference to enacting change.
Don Spencer, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, participated in an event in Duncan in December and said to the audience, “We win at the ballot box, so we don’t have to go to the ammo box.”
Sen. Lonnie Paxton, a Republican from Tuttle who serves as the Senate Public Safety Chair, is condemning Spencer’s remark and calling for his removal from the Second Amendment Association’s leadership position.
“I have supported and continue to support the efforts of OK2A in their goal of protecting the Second Amendment, but Mr. Spencer’s words can only be seen as a direct physical threat against those candidates and office holders who they can’t beat in an election,” Paxton said. “Incendiary comments like this could push someone that might be unstable over the edge, resulting in physical attacks on elected members of the Legislature, Congress, or even local officials like city council and school board members.”
Paxton said he will always support thoughtful, responsible legislation that protects Second Amendment rights, but individuals in leadership positions have a responsibility of not enflaming an already volatile political environment.
“Don Spencer’s rhetoric is not new. He has been vocally critical of legislators who do not follow his exact lead but calling for pulling out the ammo box as a way to deal with non-compliant legislators is a new low,” Paxton said. “As a state Senator and chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee, I am calling for OK2A to remove Don Spencer as executive director of this important organization. As the leader of OK2A, his shameful and dangerous comments will result in the loss of his credibility and the ability to advance OK2A’s agenda in the Public Safety Committee. I also call on fellow legislators to join me in publicly condemning his comments.”
KFOR reached out to Spencer seeking comment, leaving a message on his voicemail, as well as sending him an email, but have not yet heard back.
Spencer provided KFOR the following statement from Pastor Tom Vineyard, Chairman of the OK2A Board of Directors, when we asked him for a response to Paxton’s remarks:
“The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association stands fully united in its support of Mr. Don Spencer as president.
Comments that were made by Mr. Spencer, about a month ago, paraphrasing Founding Fathers quotes is not a violation of ethics for the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association and should not be misconstrued as, in any way, inciting anyone to any type of violence.
Don Spencer has consistently promoted respectful engagement with legislators on both sides of the political aisle and routinely works through the political process in order to enact pro Second Amendment and other liberty issue legislation for the betterment of all Oklahomans.”PASTOR TOM VINEYARD, OK2A BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN
Spencer has been the subject of controversy in the past, as he has frequently entered private businesses and went to public events while carrying a firearm.