By James W. Burdick (republished with the author’s permission)
So, I’m at Costco yesterday, deep in the Bloomfield Hills ghetto, where everyone knows how dangerous a place it is. Uh. And I see this kid — maybe 25, wandering through like other shoppers. Except he had no shopping cart or purchases in his arms, but he was strapped with a shoulder holster and small automatic in “open view.” . . .
My first instinct is to ask if he’s expecting trouble. But he stared at me so innocently and so clearly frightened at his own silliness, all I could think was, the first bad ass who jumps up in his grill is going to take that gun away from him and shove it where the sun don’t shine.
I’m pretty sure he’s never seen a gangbanger close up, or a drunk or a tough guy high on PCP. I can just tell he truly has no idea what he’s doing, or maybe even why. But I’m also thinking, he’s actually making MY favorite Costco dangerous for others for no good reason, since I just can tell he’s not trained in law enforcement or military use of weapons. And while I don’t care if he gets himself killed, I do care if he gets some totally innocent person killed because he wants to feel like a big man.
So shame, shame on the cowardly politicians who rained this insanity upon us for no reason other than to do the bidding of the gun manufacturers masquerading as “second amendment” zealots.
Anyone with a brain can read the word “militia” right there in the Second Amendment and know it’s not about this little guy having the right to take a fucking pistol into Costco in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.
James Burdick, a former Wayne County prosecutor, is a criminal defense attorney who also handles health care cases at Burdick Law, P.C. in Bloomfield Hills.