There is a major push now by gun control activists for businesses to ban legal open carry of firearms in their stores. On 9/7, Patrick Korellis (a survivor of the 2008 NIU school shooting who became a well known gun control activist) stated he saw someone “with a gun on their belt” at a JoAnn Fabrics store. After the initial tweet was sent out, he tagged Moms Demand Action and their leader, Shannon Watts.
This in turn lead Shannon Watts to send out a few tweets of her own, which rallied the troops of her organization and their supporters:
JoAnn Fabrics was getting hit left and right with threats of boycotts and customers stating they were done shopping there until they jumped on the “open carry ban” train. Patrick started a national outrage on Twitter and Facebook. There’s just one major problem: Patrick lives in Illinois:
Illinois doesn’t allow open carry in the public:
Patrick was confronted about this from various posters on twitter post and he then locked his account without responding (and later deleted it fully):
Since he deleted his account, his original comment that JoAnn Fabrics responded to has disappeared (very first photo in the article).
Patrick has had the ear of anti-gun politicians recently, including Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL14).
One of the questions being asked was “was he not in Illinois at the time, perhaps in an open carry state?”
According to a Facebook post (roughly an hour before his claim), he had linked this (Chicago weather):
After that got out, he locked his Facebook account down until the next day or so, which is when unlocked his account to plug a book he’s featured in (and one in which part of the proceeds go to gun control organizations).
As for the organizations that will benefit, well, read the reviews and see the organizations…..
He was confronted about his JoAnn Fabrics statement by someone linking the article that started spreading about the incident (found here):
He blocked the individual (which erased the comment) and changed his profile name (perhaps attempting to hide from those that don‘t “follow” him?). His post remained active though.
Another poster commented w/link:
He then blocked them and made his account private yet again, having this book plug disappear from public view.
An interesting fact is that the book he is advertising was released on 9/3, which is just days prior to his tweet about JoAnn Fabrics.
Here are the facts surrounding the whole incident:
- He was most likely in Illinois at the time he claimed to see and open carrier at a fabric store.
- Illinois doesn’t have open carry (not legal to do so in public).
- When confronted about the claim, he locked his account and later deleted it. Never answered to the confrontations.
- The incident sparked thousands of gun control supporters to swarm JoAnn Fabrics’ social media pages to pressure them on changing a policy (joke is on them with that one lol).
- A book with his story featured in it was just released days prior.
- He came out of hiding to promote the book, which would generate $$ for gun control organizations.
- He went back into hiding when confronted on his post about the book.
- He never made a statement on his original claim of seeing an open carrier at JoAnn Fabrics.
Those are the facts. What do you think?