I’m old enough to remember when Kelly LeBrock was the world’s most beautiful woman. Actually, I’m older than that. I remember life during wartime. Specifically, growing up during the not-so-beautiful “police action” in Vietnam. The war in Southeast Asia amplified and radicalized America’s political and cultural bifurcation. It was Left vs. Right. Anti-Establishment vs. Establishment. The tension led to violence: Kent State, busted heads at the Chicago convention and deadly riots. I guess we didn’t learn from history. Two visions of America—Big Government vs. Small Government, Gun Control vs. Gun Rights—are competing for dominance. It’s like tectonic plates building up pressure; there will be a release and it won’t be pretty. Where? Odds are it’ll be . . .
in New York, where the SAFE Act is putting Empire State gun owners up against the wall (motherf*cker). Or Connecticut, where the current push for civilian disarmament was born. Or New Jersey, where anti-gun laws are well entrenched, and getting worse. Ditto California. But maybe . . . Kansas.
We’ve already seen Kansas vs. the Feds re: the Sunflower State’s Second Amendment Protection Act. But the breaking point could be between pro and anti-gun forces within Kansas. Check this from kansas.com:
A teacher at White Elementary was arrested Monday for having a gun on the school premises, police said Tuesday.
The 31-year-old man was seen with a gun by someone at the school, 5148 S. Kansas, which is south of Hydraulic and 47th Street South, Lt. Randy Reynolds said. Principal Marcia Shepler called police about 12:30 p.m., according to a police report.
When officers arrived, they found a gun on the teacher and arrested him on suspicion of misdemeanor concealed-carry weapon charges, Reynolds said.
The teacher is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, said Susan Arensman, a spokeswoman for the Wichita school district.
It’s not known whether the man had a concealed-carry permit. State law prevents identifying those with a concealed permit.
Could a Wichita teacher be a catalyst for the conflict to come? Probably not. Then again, it’s impossible to know where the socio-political fault line will fracture first. It could be anywhere where individual liberty is squashed by the jackboot of statists.
American gun owners are easily the most fervent of the small government activists. They can be pushed so far and no further. Some things, like Ms. LeBrock, change (and not always for the better). Some things, like gun owner’s dreams of individual liberty, don’t.