I've not written here about the whole open-carry protest "movement" that seems to be going on these days. Really, there's a simple reason for that: it's inherently in the political realm, and I can't really "side" with any of the demonstrators without feeling like I'm somehow legitimizing the underlying politics*. And I'm sure as hell not going to do that
Besides, sometimes others say it better than I ever could. Today, David Codrea addressed it this way
, in re Target:
That first part is all that should matter to us. For a company that
never wanted this distraction in their stores and were forced to walk a
tightrope, what more do "we" demand from them?
This is no victory for the antis. If they tell people it is, they're liars, which should not come as a big news flash.
If someone doesn't want to fight and is leaving you alone, don't back
him into a corner. If you do, expect him to react in his interests, not
If you still don't like it, you don't have to shop there. Me, in the
absence of belligerent aggression that invites further observations, I'm
Magnificent. Simply magnificent.
I suppose one could gripe that "That first part" implicitly acknowledges the legitimacy of "local laws", but that's not the point David is making. And anyway he's still spot-on that it is about as respectful a means of declaring "no dog in this fight" as I could imagine.
*Sure, I'd like to see both open and concealed carry normalized and common everywhere, but I can't see winning the hearts and minds of individuals
by adopting inherently collective
strategy to do it. I'm much more of the MamaLiberty
frame of mind on the matter: I'm going to do what I do every day, and that is going to be much more authentically "normal" than showing up with a group whose express purpose is to say, "LOOK AT US WE'RE NORMAL!
You know, in high school I was blessed with an outstanding English teacher who impressed many things on me that really were useful. Among the strongest was her insistence that there truly is one book that is always worth burning: your thesaurus. She said that if we used a thesaurus to help ourselves write a paper, she would be able to tell immediately, because a thesaurus word
simply jumps off the page at her. It is not a word we would use normally, in regular dialogue, but rather it sits there and screams, "I am a word
!" I have no doubt--no doubt at all--that she was being wholly honest about this.
I think a lot about her, when I see people gather together for the specific purpose of making a political point.