Friday, August 22, 2014

So, As I Was Saying, About Open Carry...

Wednesday night, I wrote, in response to the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, as well as the ongoing occupation of Ferguson,

...is it time for more of us to arm ourselves? More specifically, is it time for more of us to arm ourselves, in order to defend ourselves against police? Is it time for more of us to practice open carry - especially our law-abiding young men?
Little did I know, and I would never have guessed, that at the very time that I wrote that, Reason magazine was putting a piece online with this headline: "Huey P. Newton Gun Club Pushes #BlackOpenCarry to Protest Police Violence".

The piece, which is so short that you really should just go ahead and read it, quotes the gun club's website, but no individuals:

We assert the right of the people, particularly those of color, to bear arms and protect themselves where local, state, and the federal government have historically failed to do so.
And contains this video:




So, we're already there. Will South Dallas turn out to be the leading edge of a movement?

The first response that comes to mind is, "That depends on the media." Reason is not the Huffington Post; their piece may not attract enough attention to spark anything, much less a movement.

But then, I learned about the Reason article via Facebook...and once something shows up on Facebook or Twitter, you never know what will happen. (I expect that to become more true with G+ before long, catching those hypnotized by the "ghost town" meme by surprise.)

Both +Alphaeus Green and +C. Matthew Hawkins responded to my previous post by pointing out that individual arms are outmatched by military equipment like tanks. Of course. But now it occurs to me to ask, "Would #BlackOpenCarry prevent the situations that lead to tanks?"
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