If you live in southern Illinois, as I do, beware. There’s a madman on the loose, and he’s running for the U.S. Congress. His name is Mike Bost; you may know him from his out-of-control rant on the floor of the Illinois state senate that has become a You Tube sensation. During his wild tirade, he screams, turns red in the face, and throws papers in the air. Apparently, his furious tantrums are nothing new as he’s had many problems with neighbors and serious run-ins with the law. What’s more scary is that he is a gun-loving, government-hating, Obama-baiting Republican. And he doesn’t just talk about his love of guns…he uses them. Several years ago, according to the Huffington Post, Bost got angry with his neighbor’s dog and blew the poor animal away. He was charged with a crime, and the case went to trial, but somehow Bost got himself acquitted.
His brushes with the law did not end there, however. In 2006 he may have threatened another man’s life with a gun that he claimed was later stolen from his home. The gun in question was a .357-caliber weapon, and Bost claimed that a 17-year-old girl somehow pilfered it from his locked safe. Conveniently for Bost, the gun’s disappearance meant he could not be connected with the deadly threat on another man’s life, so Bost was neither charged for assault with a deadly weapon nor carrying a concealed weapon.
I quote here from the Huffington Post article: “Bost, a gun-rights defender who in 2008 voted against a bill to require the prompt reporting of stolen guns, did not report a gun that was stolen from his own home.
“In 2006, Bost’s nickel-plated special edition .357 Rossi revolver was stolen from his gun safe. According to police records, Bost did not know about the theft until police showed up at his door to inform him that the gun had been used to threaten another man’s life. Bost led investigators to the safe, and the firearm was indeed missing.
It is unclear who stole the weapon and how it was removed from the safe, but Bost and family members suspected that the thief may have been connected to a 17-year-old girl who had stayed briefly in Bost’s house. Bost told police that he usually did not lock the side door to the room that contained the safe.
“Other incidents found in the files are less distressing, but similarly portray Bost as an aggressive man whose actions often put him in conflict with others.
“While Bost once felt justified in shooting a dog to death, in later years, he wasn’t too worried about his own dog roaming the neighborhood. Local police records show that neighbors were so concerned about Bost’s pet scampering around their homes and the local school that they called police at least four separate times.”
Please, southern Illinoisans, do not send this man to the U.S. Congress. We already have enough angry, white, middle-aged, gun-loving assholes there. And this one doesn’t just sleep with his gun, he will point them at other living things and sometimes even pull the trigger.
The sensible alternative is Bill Enyart, a mature adult who does not murder dogs or threaten his neighbors. He is a decent, fair-minded man who is the Democrat opposing Bost.