Originally posted by ThinkingCap
Though some could easily see this as wasting the police officers' time, what they were merely and admittedly doing was exercising their second
Yes, for the sake of it. Admittedly. Seems rather pointless doesn't it? When you do something simply because you can, that makes you a poser IMO. If I
carry a gun in public it's NOT going to be in plain view and there WILL be a reason for it. It would have to an extreme circumstance because I feel
that using a gun to solve a problem is extreme. Look at that cop for example. He didn't need to draw his weapon because he was able to reason his way
out of the situation. And the chances are good that if he wasn't carrying, he still would've been able to subdue the suspect because if you're that
good at reasoning with your words, you're going to be just as good at reasoning with your actions. And if you can't wrap your head around that
concept, then yes, I suppose you need a gun.
The problem, in my opinion, is that this doesn't happen enough.
True that. Everyone who owns a gun should wear it in plain view because we all know that's what makes society safer. If the people in the movie
theater in Colorado for example were carrying, they would have been able to drop that guy in 5 bullets flat, right? Problem is, it's dark in a theater
and 2 or 3 people dropping the bad guy would have turned into a wild west shootout because no one would know with certainty if the guy was alone or
not. After all, everyone has a gun right? Now turn the lights on. The same analogy applies.My point is, if everyone were carrying guns in the open,
everyone would be suspect. You might not like that truth, I know the NRA doesn't, but it's a truth nonetheless.
These videos always start out with "We received calls there was a man walking around with a gun (aka a civilian was exercising his second
If I see a man walking around in public with a gun, especially an automatic or semi, the first thing that's going to cross my mind is NOT that he's
exercising his 2 amendment rights. In the world we live in, how can someone realistically see a person walking in public with a gun in plain view as
doing the right thing? Naive isn't the word I'm looking for here. It's a rather dangerous way of perceiving the situation IMO
Though it's excessive to carry what looks to be an auto shot, it's important to remind everyone that it is your personal right to do so.
Yes, it's important to remind everyone that doing things for the sake of it is important, because if they take THAT one right away, how many other
rights are they going to take away? Again, just because you have the right to do something that the Constitution says you have a right to do, doesn't
mean it makes sense. They don't put amendments in the constitution like that so people can do things simply for the sake of it. There are valid
reasons you know. In this case however, the only valid reason I'm seeing is extensive lobbying by the likes of the NRA. Their principles and reasoning
are antiquated. This world has moved on extensively since the NRA was implemented, and might I suggest that they and people like you do the same. Look
at society for the way it is. Stop holding onto ideals that hold no sway anymore. You're not making yourself look old fashioned and principled. There
is absolutely nothing wrong with old fashioned and principled values. Especially when it comes to family matters. We need to get back to more of that
in this society. But in this case, you're making yourself look out of touch.
You can almost tell with the cop in the OP's video: Ah, these kids from youtube are going to try to make me look bad.
Almost tell? It's blatant. People talk about how officers should be held to a higher standard than civilians, but I don't think they realize exactly
what they're saying. This video shows, in spades, what that higher standard really is. One of logic, common sense and, above all else, patience. A
standard that, if you didn't have it before you joined the police academy, you never will. Whatever personality tests they give LEO's nowadays,
they're obviously lacking in the way they're implemented because of the amount of cops on the streets who seem to have no moral compass. The way that
officer carried himself isn't something you teach people, but it should be something that the trainers should be able to spot in training. It's either
in your constitutional make-up, or it isn't, and that officer obviously has character that other officers should aspire to.
edit on 22-8-2012 by Taupin Desciple because: (no reason given)