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Vandals repeatedly target President Obama yard sign

Posted: Updated: Oct 29, 2012 05:45 PM
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Nashville man is going to great lengths to protect his large President Obama yard sign, but even lights, cameras, two fences and homemade spike strips can not stop the vandalism.

Sunday night someone even put holes in the Obama campaign sign shot by a paint ball gun from the street in the Green Hills neighborhood.

"It happened about 11:30 p.m. when I heard a pop, pop, pop," said Fred Pierson who was inside his home with his girlfriend at the time. "I was not sure what it was at first, but then I realized that someone is attacking the sign, so I ran outside [but] by they were gone."

"It's the second time this happened. The first time someone actually pulled into my driveway with their lights off, then ran over the sign," Pierson continued Monday while looking at the sign that had dozens of holes in it from the paint ball gun.

Pierson, who has filed police reports after each incident, initially had rebar around the sign when he saw a pickup mow over it about two weeks ago, dragging the rebar along the way.

Tire tracks can still be seen from the first vandalism.

After that, he decided to add an outer fence, an inner electric fence, a motion-sensing camera and even tire spike strips if someone decided to run over the Obama campaign sign again.

"I am just reminding them as a veteran that I defended their freedom and I wish they would not tread on mine," added Pierson who told Nashville's News 2 he had stints in the Navy and Coast Guard.

Pierson said he had numerous smaller Obama signs that were being stolen in both this election year, and in 2008, so he decided to take install the elaborate security around his now much larger sign.

"It's my way of saying I am exercising my right and I am not going to be tread upon," Pierson said.

He says the vandalism has strengthened his political resolve.

"Since they started stealing our signs and breaking our sign, I have only bought more signs and donated more to the Obama campaign."

He is not alone in the vandalism.

Right across the street, a neighbor has a similar Obama sign, another fence around it, and several holes in the sign from apparently the same paint ball gun vandal.

While Metro police are investigating the incidents, several top local Republican Party officials had not heard of a Romney sign with such security around it.

They condemn what happened but say plenty of their signs have been vandalized or stolen as well.

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