By Anna Giles


SACRAMENTO (CBS 13) — A Sac State student said he’s dealing with vandalism and an attack on free speech — all over some bumper stickers. Someone decided to scratch profanities onto his car Monday in response to the stickers.

Jose Aguilar wasn’t able to park on campus, so he parked in a quiet neighborhood not far away, right in front of a church. Hours later, someone had keyed his car, scratching profanities and the word “killer” and “b***h”.

 

“I would never expect anyone to have that hostility towards somebody just expressing their opinion,” Aguilar said.

Aguilar is a big supporter of the second amendment and isn’t afraid to show it. One of his bumper stickers says “Control your kids, not our guns.”

“[I’m] just kind of perplexed that people would think that you’re a killer just because you are for guns; that’s not really what guns is about,” Aguilar said.

We talked to other Sac State Students about Aguilar’s stickers and the fact that his car was severely keyed.

Chris Lau said the stickers are easily offensive, specifically referring to one that read “If you don’t believe in the right to keep and bear arms, shut up and be a good victim.”

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“That’s basically a threat..you’re telling them hey you better watch out. I see that as a threat,” Lau said.

Cassie Ward called the vandalism on Aguilar’s car awful.

“I think people nowadays don’t know how to agree and disagree with different opinions. Just because you don’t agree with someone who’s pro-guns, doesn’t mean you need to act out like that,” Ward said.

Kellyn Skalko is a gun owner and co-owns The Guns Store in Sacramento. She said she’s been berated over the phone by people who disagree with what she sells.

“We can’t just exist anymore for reasons like what happened to this young gentleman,” said Skalko. “The retribution just for having our own beliefs.”

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Aguilar is working on getting his car repaired. He said he also gets positive feedback for his stickers, but after all this, he’s planning on standing down.

“I plan on taking them off because I don’t want any more problems; I don’t want any more negative views,” Aguilar said.

Aguilar said he didn’t want to report this to police, primarily because there’s no video showing who may have done this.

Comments (5)
  1. frankc4 says:

    Aguilar says he’s surprised by the hatred generated by his bumperstickers. What did he expect from bumperstickers that promote gun violence? What an idiot.

    1. Kevin Lee says:

      YOU’RE the idiot, claiming those stickers promoted violence! They most certainly do NOT.

      1. Telling someone to “be a good victim” sure sounds like a threat to me. I’m a gun owner, so I support the right to bear arms—but I think this little motto goes over the line. I’m not saying it was right to vandalize his car, but if this guy posted that on Twitter, he’d probably be arrested for making terrorist threats. Frankly, as a gun owner, I think guys who express this kind of sentiment give the rest of us a bad name.

  2. Jim L. says:

    Noting so hypocritical as the so-called tolerant leftists and their heckler’s veto style of physical harm to everyone they are offended by and calling it “justice.”

    1. I’m a gun owner, so I support the 2nd Amendment. But that doesn’t mean I think everyone should be allowed to own guns. If you’re a felon, or have a history of violence, or if you’re not mentally stable, then you shouldn’t be allowed access to a gun. This statement is an implied threat, and anyone who makes ANY kind of threat to harm another shouldn’t be allowed access to a fire arm. People like this guy—and YOU—are the ones who give gun owners a bad name. You’ve just labelled those who don’t agree with you “leftists” and “hecklers,” which makes you’re a self-righteous hypocrite for accusing them of “physical harm to everyone they are offended by” when you’re the one advocating the “right” to post a threat of violence. You and Jose Aquillar are EXACTLY the reason I feel the need to own a gun for self-defense. No wonder there are so many people who don’t feel safe about gun ownership—the rage & paranoia you’re expressing against vague “enemies” who simply don’t happen to share your politics, combined with your obvious sense of injustice & martyrdom, are the very traits which too often lead to the mass shooting scenarios we’re seeing all too often these days.

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