Those who push the cause of citizen disarmament work hard to demonize guns. They try to make the public display of arms a shameful thing, something that “decent” people simply don’t condone. And they’ve had a considerable amount of success. As recently as the 1950s people carried rifles and shotguns in New York City without so much as a sideways glance. In liberal fascists’ version of reality, the public display of firearms is perfectly acceptable, even laudable, as long as the person with the weapon is wearing a uniform, indicating they’re an agent of the state. But trade the uniform for ordinary clothing and the that open display becomes cause for alarm because…shut up . . .
In Ohio recently, the open display of a gun led to potentially dangerous consequences that might yet have legal fallout. From 610wtvn.com:
ADELPHI, Ohio (WTVN) –Tellers inside the Kingston National Bank branch in Adelphi feared the worst when they saw a group of men get out of their cars and start pulling guns out of the vehicles.
The employees initiated emergency procedures, locked the bank down and called the Ross County Sheriff’s Office.
After a few minutes, the men outside the bank got back in their cars and left, but bank workers got a good description of the vehicles, along with their tag numbers.
Sheriff deputies from two counties located and stopped the vehicles, likely with tactical felony stops, which entail a certain degree of risk for the occupants. It was subsequently determined that the men were engaged in a simple trade, the likes of which occurs thousands of times every day. They simply had the bad luck to conduct their transaction within sight of nervous bank tellers.
Sheriff George Lavender Jr. said that he will present the case to the county prosecutor for a possible charge of “inciting panic.” This is political correctness run amok. There’s no constitutional right not to be offended and the reason is clear to anyone with two brain cells to rub together. A “right” to not be offended is a license for the government to shut down any activity or speech that it wants to, because the authorities can always find someone who’s offended by something.
The trick is in having control of the old media and the government. The old media works hard to tell people what they should be offended by or afraid of. And they publicize their subsequent disapproval of those actions. Then the government authorities need only pick those things that they disapprove of to prosecute. It is the very definition of tyranny.
How could these men who were engaging in legal commerce know they were being observed by nervous bank tellers behind the anonymity of reflective glass? They couldn’t, and even so, it should not matter. Legal activities should never be prosecuted because someone else is frightened or offended. The men never acted in a threatening or aggressive manner. And if they’d been wearing uniforms at the time, no call would have been made.
The incident further reinforces the conditioning that the public display of firearms is only acceptable when it’s done by our civic masters in uniform.
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