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On Current Events…

There’s been a lot happening lately, huh?  Here are my very quick thoughts.

On marriage:

All I have to say is the government has no business requiring a permission slip for anyone to enter into a marriage contract.  If your church doesn’t want to marry the gays, that’s fine with me.  If you don’t want to make a gay wedding cake, that’s fine with me, too.  Also, the 14th Amendment.

On flags:

I think it’s a waste of time and energy.  You can do all you want with symbols to which you attach meaning, but you can’t change what’s in another person’s heart.  There is evil in the world, and if you think changing which flags fly where will change that, you have a view of the world I can’t comprehend.  Although I kind of wish I could.

On guns:

Loaded my Glock and wrapped it in a Rebel flag.  It didn’t do anything.  I’m looking forward to the day the Supreme Court applies the same logic to firearms as it does to marriage, making a carry permit from any state legitimate in every state.  I look forward to the President standing behind me on this issue.

On the President:

Just a reminder, he spent most of his political career working against the right of all people to marry, and he could have worked to make the court ruling unnecessary many years ago.  But he didn’t.  Quit giving him credit for it.  Instead, give him credit for the continued aggressive drug war (more aggressive at the federal level than any of his predecessors, by the way) and give him credit for assassinating innocent people with drones.  Every single person running for President as a Democrat has worked to limit marriage equality.  EVERY ONE OF THEM.

On the Presidential race:

Really?  This is as good as we can do?

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Constitutional

I’m perry sure if it is constitutional to force people to purchase health insurance, it is constitutional to force them to own a firearm.

Once you’ve decided the government can force one thing, you’ve often decided the government can force things you don’t like very much.


Liberty in a Sentence

Free people should be at least as well armed as the people collecting the taxes.


Guns and Latte

I’m often confused when I see a controversy in the news.  I’m a black and white kind of guy, you are either free or you aren’t, it is either legal or it isn’t, it is right or it is wrong.  This attitude keeps my philosophy consistent at least, and makes for some entertaining discussion over drinks with both my Lefty and Righty friends.

So I’ve seen a little buzz about Starbucks and people carrying firearms.  I thought it odd, because I don’t generally put coffee and gun ownership in the same discussion.  Alas, Starbucks has become some sort of battleground for the issue of open carry.

I fundamentally believe every individual is born with a right to defend him/herself by whatever means the individual chooses.  As would follow, I believe everyone has a right to carry a firearm of any type in any way they choose.

I also believe in property rights, and that my right to do something stops where it violates your property rights.  As such, I do not have a right to carry my firearm into your house if you tell me you do not allow firearms in your house.

Simple.  Consistent.

So why is this such a big deal?

My advice to Starbucks?  Take your stand and be done with it, and quit waffling.

Starbucks on Wednesday, while bemoaning being thrust into the debate, defended its long-standing policy of complying with state open-carry weapons laws, in part by stating that its baristas, or “partners,” could be harmed if the stores were to ban guns. The chain said that in the 43 states where open carry is legal, it has about 4,970 company-operated stores.

The company added: “The political, policy and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores.”

This is not a policy or a position. Either allow firearms or don’t, quit relying on the government to tell you what to do.  If you don’t want guns in your stores, ban them.  Until then, allow them.  And if the folks in San Fransisco get all upset, either let ’em go or change your policy based on your target market.

California Pizza Kitchen and Peet’s made their call, and they have every right to do it.

Some chains have banned guns from their restaurants, even in open-carry states, because of the impact it could have on non-gun-carrying customers.

“We are concerned that the open display of firearms would be particularly disturbing to children and their parents,” said a spokesperson for the California Pizza Kitchen restaurant chain.

A Peet’s Coffee & Tea spokesperson said that while the firm “respects and values all individuals’ rights…our policy is not to allow customers carrying firearms in our stores or on our outdoor seating premises unless they are uniformed or identified law enforcement officers.”

By the way, this article does nicely sum up why I’m not a member of the NRA

“We support the self-defense rights of law-abiding Americans in accordance with local, state and federal laws,” says Andrew Arulanandam, an NRA spokesman, who declined further comment on open-carry activity.

Oxymoron, anyone?


Bin Ladin is still at large…

But the ATF did seize 30 toy guns, and is serious about it.

Special Agent Kelvin Crenshaw said the toys can be easily retro-fitted into dangerous weapons.

“With minimal work it could be converted to a machine gun,” Crenshaw said.

Brad Martin is furious about the loss of money, for sure, but also in what he now thinks as a loss of his time and the use of government agents to seize toy guns.

“All this manpower, all this time, all this taxpayer money, [it is] wasting my time and my profitability,” Martin said. “[Just] to seize 30 toy guns!”

Ben Martin disagrees that the toy guns could ever be considered dangerous.

“To say these are readily convertible to machine guns is absolutely preposterous,” he said. “The round wouldn’t go into the firing chamber and even if the firing pin did strike the primer the gun would basically blow up in your face.”

ATF said it also seized the toys because they are missing the blaze orange tips required on all imported toy guns.

I wonder, does that orange tip make it impossible to convert them into dangerous machine guns? I feel safer today.

Link via The Agitator


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