As we reported Friday, Jon Hammer — who was periodically chained to his bed while in solitary confinement in a Mexican jail since August — has been released. The Daily Mail has reported that he is safely home after his ordeal.
After petitions failed to gain any traction, Hammar’s family publicly appealed for help. Within hours the conservative Twitter community was abuzz with calls for his release. A few days later, Facebook followed with an initiative by NOPC Radio to encourage Americans to call the State Department demanding action. Many also called the Mexican Embassy. These efforts culminated in calls from Republican Politicians as well as Fox’s Bill O’Reilly not only for Hammar’s release but for a boycott of Mexico.
The drama unfolded when the 27 year-old veteran, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, made the mistake of taking his great-grandfather’s antique gun with him on a road trip to Costa Rica accompanied by a friend of his. On Aug. 13, U.S. Border control allowed him through after he completed a form. The Mexicans jailed them and released Hammar’s friend shortly thereafter. They then held him without trial and periodically chained him to his bed. In a television interview, his mother, Olivia, passed a photo she had received anonymously to the media and commented on her son’s surprise at the degree of sheer hatred that the officials had expressed towards Americans in general.
Hammar’s father confirmed he was released from CEDES prison at 8 p.m. local time and they had crossed the bridge between Matamoros, Mexico where he had been arrested to reach Brownsville, Texas by around 8:30 p.m.
While the former marine declined interviews, his father expressed concern for his son who had battled PSTD since 2008.
Welcome home and Merry Christmas to Jon Hammar and his family, friends and all who aided with his release. This is a great victory for the grassroots conservative community who managed to garner sufficient support in spite of the mainstream media’s focus on vilifying gun ownership in the last week.
- Awesome: Marine vet Jon Hammar finally released from Mexican jail (thebrennerbrief.com)
- Ex-Marine jailed in Mexico freed (abc15.com)
- Imprisoned Marine Veteran Jon Hammar To Be Released From Mexican Prison In Time For Christmas (americanlivewire.com)
- Mexico frees ex-Marine jailed for bringing in gun (nctimes.com)
- Mexico frees ex-Marine jailed for bringing in gun (tbo.com)