“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed or you could fight back. But are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course on handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?” Sheriff David Clarke via NRA-ILA | The Sheriff Who Dared to Ask For Help.
If you’ve never heard of Sheriff David Clarke, you need to read this article over at the NRA’s ILA website. This man is the kind of sheriff we need in every county of every state. As sheriff, he has displayed far more intellectual honesty that just about any other elected official in the country.
Dahlia Lithwick is all but rooting for the Open Carry movement to result in such blowback that it results in “sane policies.” She’s a Canadian by birth and, like so many in the media, she’s not exactly supportive of the 2nd Amendment. The fact the Supreme Court recognized an individual right to keep and bear arms is clearly a bit of a sore spot.
In her latest submission to Slate.com, she laments the familiar cycle of, “…feints toward meaningful reform followed by crushing defeats as memories fade,” that follow every new shooting. There’s no attempt to be even remotely objective here but, she’s a writer, not a journalist. She need not hide her bias or opinion. And to that end, she thinks the free market will force businesses to pick, “…sane policies over dangerous ones, or at least more customers over fewer.”
“…Chipotle, forced to take sides, issued a statement last week indicating that state law notwithstanding, open carriers should leave their weapons at home or not come to Chipotle.
via Guns after Elliot Rodger: Businesses like Chipotle and Sonic are our best hope for gun control.“
Sadly, I agree with her. I think the free market may very well indeed end up settling the issue and I worry it won’t be in our favor. Tread lightly folks.
Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself.
via NRA-ILA | Good Citizens and Good Neighbors The Gun Owners Role.