Kansas Air Patrol officer resigns over ‘swing from a tree’ Facebook post about concealed weapons

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TOPEKA — A lieutenant colonel in Kansas’ Civil Air Patrol has resigned his command after posting on Facebook that a state lawmaker should “swing from a tree” for introducing a bill that would undo a law allowing concealed weapons on college campuses starting in July.

The Civil Air Patrol also said in a statement that it “does not condone such behavior from its members.”

Jonathan Holder said in the initial post, which has since been removed, that he was offended that Republican Rep. Stephanie Clayton, of Overland Park, proposed legislation that would undermine his constitutional rights. Overland Park police continue to investigate.

Holder didn’t immediately respond to an email message from The Associated Press. But he said Monday in a Facebook message that “I stand by what I said.”

“Holder has since been suspended from his Civil Air Patrol membership, pending further investigation, as is standard procedure in such situations. CAP does not condone such behavior from its members, especially one in a leadership position,” the Civil Air Patrol statement said.

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