CNN’s Erick Erickson Threatens To Use Shotgun On Census Survey Takers
While Erick Erickson of Redstate and CNN has supported filling out the Census forms, a more detailed survey called the American Community Survey got his ire (h/t Think Progress). In fact, he threatened to pull out his wife’s shotgun if he were forced to fill it out.
ERICKSON: This is crazy. What gives the Commerce Department the right to ask me how often I flush my toilet? Or about going to work? I’m not filling out this form. I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They’re not going on my property. They can’t do that. They don’t have the legal right, and yet they’re trying.
The ACS is sent out between the decennial Census forms to a sample of the population, and Americans are required to comply. Occasionally survey takers may follow up via phone or in-person visits to those who don’t answer the questions.