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.