For months, conservatives have spread unfounded fears and rumors about the Census. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) warned ominously that the Census could be used again to imprison Americans in internment camps, as was done to Japanese Americans during World War II. Far right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones posted a popular article on his website last year, claiming that Census workers are collecting data so the “New World Order” can “launch Predator Drone missile attacks, the aptly named HELLFIRE missile” at dissident Americans. In small town Benewah County, Idaho, the Coeur d’ Alene Press reports that a man named Richard Powell fired his shotgun “near a U.S. Census worker who was trying to deliver a census form”:
The census worker alleges he was trying to deliver Powell the population-counting questionnaire on the afternoon of March 3, when Powell told the worker to get off his property at 396 Powell Road near St. Maries, according to the Benewah County Prosecutor’s Office. Powell then went into his residence and returned with a shotgun, and fired the gun in the air, the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office said. The census worker waited a few days before reporting the alleged crime to the sheriff’s office, and Powell was cited a week after the alleged incident.
The incident happened just a few weeks before CNN contributor and RedState editor Erick Erickson threatened on his radio show to “pull out my wife’s shotgun” if a Census worker approached his home. (HT: DailyKos)