Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Anti-Open Carry Fiasco - Birmingham, MI
There are a number of scenarios which could explain why 18 year old Sean Michael Combs was walking down the street with his M1 slung across his back, which led to the Birmingham Police arresting Combs and charging him with “brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police, and disturbing the peace — each punishable by up to 93 days in jail.”
I will not make any suppositions regarding the possible scenarios, other than to point out that the Birmingham Police willfully ignored Michigan’s open carry law, or, were woefully ignorant of Michigan’s open carry law.
What I want to address is more an attitude problem associated with this incident, it reaches all areas of our country, and guns in general, an attitude problem which is well displayed throughout the comments associated with the news article on this story.
There is such an abnormal fear of guns in this society, that a young man walking down the street with a rifle slung across his back is automatically considered a person of interest, and quite possibly could be subject to deadly force. We have arrived at a point in the demonization of guns where many individuals feel that the only people that should be seen carrying a firearm out in the open is a cop, and every other individual carrying a firearm is automatically some potential dangerous killer intent on mayhem, which is completely irrational.
There is something deeply wrong with this type of attitude regarding guns, and I think it is indicative of just how successful state propoganda campaigns can be. It took less than 40 years for America’s anti-gun conditioning program to bring us to this point.
For the complete story on the Birmingham, MI anti-open carry fiasco, read Gun-toting advocates protest charges against teen in Birmingham.
UPDATE (07.14.2012): Sean Combs has been acquitted of all charges in this case, which is only how it should be.
Linked via InstaPundit.
Courage, Take Heart
Great piece on courage at ZeroHedge titled Courage is Being Scared to Death But Saddling Up Anyway.
I would argue that this view fundamentally misunderstands the nature of courage, and ensures that we will never have true courage when it counts.
By way of analogy, the word “discipline” comes from “disciple”. If you are a true “disciple” of an idea of a plan or a strategy or a religion, then you will stick to it and “have discipline” to reach your goal. It is not just a matter of willpower; it is also devotion to something bigger than ourselves.
Similarly, the word “courage” comes from the French “with heart”. Why does it have this root meaning? Because it takes heart to act bravely…
Just as discipline is more than just willpower, courage stems from something bigger than just cajones. In fact, the strongest courage comes from the love of something we care about, since our heart will sustain us even when the chips are really down and we are really up against a tyrant. As the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.“
Courage, take heart.
Taxes Quote of the Day
The problem with reducing a tax is it’s like a weed. It always grows back.
From the USA Today story reporting on North Dakota voters to decide on abolishing property tax.
UPDATE: North Dakota’s property tax will remain a growing weed. 76.5% of voters rejected the proposal, while 23.5% of voters were in favor (93 percent of precincts reporting).
Pitt the Elder Would Approve
Police officers in Indiana are upset over a new law allowing residents to use deadly force against public servants, including law enforcement officers, who unlawfully enter their homes. It was signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March.
Pitt the Elder would approve.
The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storm may enter, the rain may enter—but the King of England cannot enter; all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!
Why Study Christianity Quote
So maybe you think the literal teachings of Christianity are false. But it’s a hubristic and incurious man who dismisses it outright. Consider:
- Christianity has been intricately tied to the history of Europe, and by extension the world, for the past two thousand years. It’s impossible to understand one without the other, so a solid grasp of Christianity is necessary for any thinking man, whether or not he believes Jesus was the son of God.
Jonathan Frost in a post titled Christian Reading List.