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Christopher J. "C.J." Grisham
Birth name Christopher J. Grisham
Born 1974 (age 47–48)
Place of birth Temple, Texas, U.S.
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1994–2015
Rank First Sergeant
Unit 7th Cavalry Regiment
3rd Infantry Division
Battles/wars

Global War on Terrorism

Awards Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal
Outstanding Volunteer Service ribbon.svg Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Army Good Conduct ribbon.svg Good Conduct Medal
Combat Action Badge
Spouse(s) Emily Grisham (m. 1995)
Other work Blogger and gun rights activist
Website soldiersperspective.us

Christopher J. "C.J." Grisham (born 1974) is a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant and military blogger. A soldier in the counterintelligence military occupational specialty (MOS) field, he is a combat veteran of the Iraq War and War in Afghanistan. He received the Bronze Star in Iraq while attached to 3/7 Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized).[citation needed]

Combat service and aftermath

Grisham served in Iraq in 2003.[1] He decided to be open about his Post-traumatic stress disorder to encourage other soldiers to seek help.[1]

Military blogging

In 2008, Grisham was noted as running a military blog and had been confronted by his military superiors twice over comments on his blog.[2] In 2009, after a confrontation with a local school district in Alabama, a principal in that district contacted Grisham's command to complain.[3][4][5] According to one source, he stood on his chair and "slammed his fist," which alarmed some parents. Grisham has stated that the complaint led to him being demoted from first sergeant to master sergeant.[6] He intended to stop blogging at that point.[3] The same year, the Army Intelligence and Security Command investigated Grisham for online comments he had made relating to President Barack Obama and gun-control, although no official actions were taken against him.[6]

By 2010, he was blogging again and focusing more on con artists and scams, such as people stealing the identity of dead service members to obtain money by fraud.[7] He became motivated to search these con artists out after his own identity had been stolen.[8][9]

Arrest and conviction

In March 2013 Grisham was on a 10-mile hike with his son when Temple, Texas police officers confronted him about the AR-15 rifle he was carrying.[10] Grisham was arrested for resisting arrest, but the charges were later reduced to interfering with a peace officer.[10] Three days prior to the arrest, Grisham blogged that he has "been emboldened to work harder and prove to the council that this is an issue that the citizens of Temple care deeply about" in regards to gun rights.[6] The arrest sparked rallies in support of Grisham,[11] although Belton later refused on liability grounds, to allow openly carried rifles during the July 4th parade.[12]

Grisham was tried in Bell County, Texas in October 2013, but the jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared.[13] In November 2013, Grisham was convicted by a jury of interfering with a peace officer and his punishment was set at a $2,000 fine. [14] Grisham has appealed his conviction to the Texas Third Court of Appeals, where the matter is pending.[15]

Grisham was later arrested at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas for trespass and resisting arrest for carrying a toy Gun and refusing to leave when ordered by DPS troopers.[16] Grisham was never formally charged.[17]

Open Carry Texas

During the northern Spring of 2013 Grisham founded a group called Open Carry Texas (OCT) which advocates for people to be allowed to openly carry handguns.[18] OCT has conducted several armed rallies in Texan cities.[19] In November 2013 Grisham advocated for OCT members to conduct an armed protest against a small meeting of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in Dallas on the grounds that the group had staged a protest at an OCT rally.[20]

According to Grisham in one source, OCT was founded following the arrest of two individuals in San Antonio, Texas for disorderly conduct while they were openly carrying at a Starbucks.[21] Another source indicates OCT was formed after Grisham's arrest in Temple.[22]

The National Rifle Association has criticised the tactics used by OCT and similar groups. In December 2014 Grisham told The New York Times that "The N.R.A. likes to play nice ... what I mean by that is that they try to do nice things and get favors in return. We believe we shouldn’t have to buy our rights back".[18]

Political career

In July 2015, Grisham created a Facebook page ostensibly to launch a campaign for Texas State Senate District 24 after the sitting Senator, Troy Fraser, announced his retirement.[23]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Tucker, Charlotte (2012). "New Research Aimed at Mental Health: U.S. Veterans Struggle With Pain, Stigma of Post-traumatic Stress". ISSN 0028-0496. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/761666. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  2. Batdorff, Allison; Tritten, Travis J. (July 8, 2008). "While the military embraces blogging, servicemembers walk line between free speech and responsibility to command". Stars and Stripes. http://www.stripes.com/news/while-the-military-embraces-blogging-servicemembers-walk-line-between-free-speech-and-responsibility-to-command-1.80806. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "School-uniform argument may lead to lawsuit". WND.com. December 11, 2009. http://www.wnd.com/2009/12/118597/. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  4. Anderson, Jon. "The Rise and Fall of a Military Blogger". Military Times. http://archive.armytimes.com/article/20091208/OFFDUTY02/912080301/The-rise-fall-military-blogger. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  5. Grisham, CJ. "Thug-ocracy At Its Finest". TacticalGear.com. http://asp.tacticalgear.com/thug-ocracy-at-its-finest/. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Jessup, Meredith (April 18, 2013). "Arrested vet may have had an axe to grind". http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2013/04/18/arrested-vet-may-have-had-an-axe-to-grind/. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  7. Boudreau, Abbie; Probst, Emily; Joseph, Jessi (July 28, 2010). "Online scams target lonely hearts with troops' photos". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/07/27/romance.scam/. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  8. Cuoco, John (August 3, 2010). "Dead soldier's identities stolen in online fraud scheme". News Channel 25 (Temple, TX). KXXV. http://www.kxxv.com/story/12921171/dead-soldiers-identities-stolen-in-online-fraud-scheme. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  9. Gould, Joe (February 15, 2011). "Scammers steal identities of GIs to cheat women". Army Times. http://archive.armytimes.com/article/20110215/NEWS/102150333/Scammers-steal-identities-GIs-cheat-women. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ritz, Erica (April 16, 2013). "Decorated Vet Arrested After ‘Rudely Displaying’ His Rifle — and Says Officer Pulled Gun on Him in Front of His Son". http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/04/16/decorated-vet-arrested-after-rudely-displaying-his-rifle-says-officer-pulled-gun-on-him-in-front-of-boy-scouts/. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  11. Gordon, Kristin (June 1, 2013). "Open Carry Rally and March Triggers Second Amendment Rights". KWTX-10. http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Open-Carry-Rally-and-March-Triggers-Second-Amendment-Rights-209822721.html. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  12. Howerton, Matt (June 30, 2013). "Insurance Co.: No Firearms During Local July 4th Parade". KWTX-10. http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Insurance-Carrier-Thwarts-Groups-From-Toting-Rifles-During-Local-4th-of-July-Parade-213788801.html. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  13. Delgado, Nick (October 20, 2013). "New Trial Date Set In Case Of Soldier At Center Of Gun-Rights Debate". KWTX-10. http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Temple--Soldier-At-Center-Of-Gun-Rights-Debate-Goes-On-Trial-227908691.html. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  14. "Jury Gives C.J. Grisham $2,000 Fine With No Jail Time". News Channel 25 (Temple, TX). KXXV. November 20, 2013. http://www.kxxv.com/story/24026766/jury-gives-cj-grisham-2000-fine-with-no-jail-time. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  15. "Case: 03-14-00137-CR". State of Texas. http://www.search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=03-14-00137-CR&coa=coa03. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  16. "Two arrested following open carry protest". November 11, 2013. http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/23938797/two-arrested-following-open-carry-protest. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  17. McGaughy, Lauren (May 22, 2014). "Open carry groups to rally over Red River dispute". Houston Chronicle. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Open-carry-groups-to-rally-over-Red-River-dispute-5499661.php. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 Smith, Morgan (6 December 2014). "Parade of Open Gun Bills in Texas Exposes Divide in Ranks". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/us/parade-of-open-gun-bills-in-texas-exposes-divide-in-ranks.html. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  19. Chen, Cathleen Qiao (24 April 2014). "A Right-to-Bear-Arms Twist: Rallying With a Gun in Hand". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/25/us/a-right-to-bear-arms-twist-rallying-with-a-gun-in-hand.html. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  20. Fernandez, Manny (11 November 2013). "A Face-Off Outside Dallas in the Escalating Battle Over Texas’ Gun Culture". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/us/a-face-off-outside-dallas-in-the-escalating-battle-over-texas-gun-culture.html. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  21. Davies, David Martin (October 4, 2013). "In Texas, A Battle For Governor, In D.C., A Battle Over Health Care". Texas Public Radio. http://tpr.org/post/texas-battle-governor-dc-battle-over-health-care. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  22. Ortiz, Ildefonso (August 8, 2013). "Gun owners plan protest at McAllen PD after activist arrested". The Monitor (McAllen, TX). http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/gun-owners-plan-protest-at-mcallen-pd-after-activist-arrested/article_7b3370c6-00a8-11e3-aabd-001a4bcf6878.html. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  23. McKeon, Deborah (July 22, 2015). "Grisham has eyes on Texas Senate". Temple Daily Telegram. http://www.tdtnews.com/news/article_69d41988-3022-11e5-ac84-43190c8c83b4.html. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 

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