On Feb 5, with Brandon Vreeland videotaping, James Baker walked into a Dearborn, MI Police station wearing a ski mask, flak jacket and two visible guns.
They were angry that they were pulled over earlier in the day and wanted to “file a complaint”.
They believed they were being smart and just exercising their second amendment rights, which as far as I can tell, they were.
But the part of this story that gets lost is not the actions of these two “patriots”, but the completely sane [by being insane] reaction of the police.
You could argue the cops were so hyped because of the ski mask, but I’ll bet it had more to do with the loaded weapon of destruction slung across Baker’s chest and the loaded Glock 19 holstered on his hip.
Those two devices took the situation from a 1 or 2, instantly up to an 11.
But since Mo Guns, Mo Safety wouldn’t bringing two more firearms into the mix make the Police station a safer, more secure place to be?
That’s almost as silly as the guns regulations in Michigan.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Amendment II: United States Constitution Ratified December 15, 1791
The 2nd Amendment is obviously a very heated topic.
But there are a bunch of actual facts [vs. alternative ones] we can hopefully agree on that could help provide a framework:
The founders [mostly James Madison] were extremely deliberate in writing the Bill of Rights. [A total of 462 words]
The 2nd Amendment is wholly about the right to keep [own] and bear [carry] arms [guns].
The founders believed arms warranted their own Amendment.
The founders chose to make it the 2nd Amendment. [Right behind freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and freedom of the press.]
The founders were insanely discerning about every. single. word. written into the 2nd Amendment. [27 words]
The founders used a precious two of those words on “well”, and “regulated”.
The word “regulated” [or any of it’s derivatives] appears no where else in the Bill of Rights.
The words “well regulated” are found no where else in any Amendment to the Constitution.
The word “Militia” is restrictive. [However broadly interpreted, it most certainly cannot mean “everyone”. “Militia” describes a sub-group of the whole. Otherwise it would prove superfluous.]
The immortal 27-word sentence is bordering on nonsensical, but I do think it’s fair to conclude two general principles:
One, the founders of the United States intended for guns to be legal.
And two, the founders of the United States intended for guns to be regulated. well.
“Guns make us safer. The more guns, the safer we are. We must have them in our grade schools, on college campuses, in restaurants, movie theaters, grocery stores, national parks and bars.” – NRA (aka. Republicans)
I always find it quite amusing, in the most hypocritical, heartbreaking way, that whenever the Republicans (aka. NRA) host a major gathering, firearms are banned.
Be it at their national convention or the upcoming Inauguration in DC, the Republicans deem it unwise to allow people to exercise their 2nd Amendment right.
“But…but, who’s going to stop the bad guy with a gun??”
They seem to be saying that having these devices around, whose sole purpose is to extinguish life, might not be the best idea when groups of people are congregating.
Sorry though folks, that’s only when it’s their safety that may be threatened. You and your family must respect some lame-o’s right to carry his pistol into Fresh Foods while you grab some juice.
If the open or concealed carrying of arms made people safer, they would be welcomed with open arms at the Inauguration. Thus, clearly making it the safest place on Earth.