The very real threat of violence versus census workers

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The Associated Press reports that a man was cited in Idaho for firing his shotgun near a census worker who was trying to deliver a census form.

Fifty-4-year-old Richard L. Powell of St. Maries faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The Benewah County Prosecutor's office says that on March 3 Powell told the census worker to get off his property and then fired a shotgun into the air.

Now while this incident happened before CNN's Erick Erickson said he would "pull out my wife's shotgun" if American Community Survey workers tried to arrest him for not filling out his form, it does again cause us to ask why CNN feels that it should promote someone contributing to this hostile atmosphere. Census workers are doing their jobs to help fulfill a requirement of the Constitution; they shouldn't have to worry about facing violence while doing so.

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