The sun‘s glow is highlighting the Hindu Kush mountains to the east. Lamps begin to light cracked and dirty shop windows. The putrid smell of burnt trash fills the air …
Technology always moves faster than the people who make the laws and regulations for said technology. People always have to push the limitations of the particular technology before any talk of regulation …
The United States Flag seems to have become a central theme in protests and patriotism lately. Flag desecration has been a long standing form of protest against the United States as a whole or in protest of specific grievances or policies. Though States and even the federal government have attempted to pass legislation to protect the flag, The Supreme Court has ruled TWICE that flag desecration is protected free speech, symbolic speech to be exact. Since Michelle Manhart “rescued” a flag from desecration (being walked on) at Valdosta State University, America has become fixated on the flag, both as a means of protest or getting attention and as a symbol of pride and patriotism.
Clockwise from top left: Tears swell in the eyes of a Baltimore police officer Sunday in Baltimore; a peaceful conversation between Baltimore law enforcement and citizens; a woman holds up a peace sign during a rally; a woman sheds a tear as family and friends speak at a “Justice for Freddy” rally. (All photos by Devin Allen)
Baltimore has dominated the news over the past few days and the subtext of the entire ordeal is race or more specifically African-Americans vs. the police. To put this in perspective it is necessary to take a look at the racial make-up of Baltimore, its citizens, its police and its governmental leadership.
Why carry a dangerous “weapon”? I’ll counter that question with another: what is so important to you that you can’t imagine anything bad happening to it? A brick isn’t dangerous until it is set in motion. At that point it is a weapon. A firearm is only as dangerous as I make it, and only in relation to a bad person with malicious intentions should it be considered dangerous. I originally decided to begin carrying, it was because I love my sister’s kids so much that even hearing them breathe is one of the best sounds in my world. I started paying attention to how unpredictable human life is and how many people were becoming statistics due to their lack of ability to defend themselves. I grew to want a firearm more for self-protection after watching this world change.
How many of us safely handle firearms every day? How many of us do so around children? As a firearms owner it is my responsibility to ensure that my firearm is accounted for and either stored safely or in my possession at all times. There is no if, ands or buts about this. My firearm, my responsibility. However, there are a couple of instances in the news right now regarding children in possession of firearms. Not only did they have possession of the firearms, but they brought them into school unbeknownst to their parents. Thankfully no one was injured in either situation.
Two versions of a concealed carry permit? Yes, this could be a possibility for North Carolina if Senator Tarte’s proposed Senate Bill 708 “Homeland Security Unrestricted Concealed Handgun Permit” passes. Currently, North Carolina has a concealed carry permit requires a basic course (like most states) that one has carry restrictions (such as schools, government buildings, and any facility that has a ‘no guns allowed’ sign). The proposed second type of permit would require a more extensive training course, as well as a psychological assessment conducted by a physician. If this passes enhanced permit holders would be able to carry on school campuses as well. The only place off limits would be courtrooms.
Government derives its power from the Consent Of The Governed yet the Republican Party of Texas has turned a deaf ear to voiced consent or dissent and opted to rule as Oligarchs drawing power from the “implied consent” of the Silent Texans. In a government designed to REPRESENT the people, there is only one way to do that, LISTEN to the people. In 2014, at the Texas Republican Convention, the people’s delegates spoke loudly and UNANIMOUSLY making Constitutional Carry a legislative priority in the 84th Legislature a part of the Republican party platform. In 2015, on Day One of the opening of the legislative session, the people again spoke loudly both in person and in writing in support of Constitutional Carry. Over 100,000 petitions were delivered to House and Senate Representatives in favor of Constitutional Carry.
Michelle Manhart has become the darling of patriotism for her defense of the flag at Valdosta State University, but is she really? As an Air Force veteran, one would think she would understand the 1st amendment freedom of expression. You see the Supreme Court has ruled that flag desecration is protected free speech. Of course, the Supreme Court has also ruled that SOME pornography is protected free speech, so as a former Playboy model, Michelle Manhart should be well aware of the concept. Freedom of speech and expression are rights and freedoms that we all share whether we agree with the views expressed or the form that the free expression takes.
Good News and Bad News for gun owners comes out of Texas on Friday, April 17th. The Texas House has given initial approval for the Licensed Open Carry Bill (HB910) amid an onslaught of Democrat-proposed amendments to water it down from it’s already inconsequential state. With a vote of 96 For and 35 Against, final approval is expected Monday, April 20th. However, the Democrat amendment barrage was NOT the big story of the day. In Biblical, David vs. Goliath fashion, Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) took on the Texas GOP establishment in an attempt to file an amendment that would make the Bill a Constitutional Carry Bill and make the permit requirement voluntary. Unlike the David vs. Goliath story though, Rep. Stickland was unsuccessful. However, he did get the GOP establishment to show their true colors.