Open Carry for Demonstration Purposes, Yet…

Youtube is rife with various pro-2A activists who open carry firearms as much for show, defiance, or antagonism as the rest of do for self-defense.  I’d like to show you one such video, which I think is better than most.  However, I would also like to add the following comments.  Feel free to review the comments and video in any order you desire. 🙂

1.  I do not advocate open carry as a means of showing off, making political or sociological statements, establishing “turf,” or for any other reasons save for the following two:

2.  I only open carry for two reasons:  Response time and deterrence.

2.a. Response Time:  The least amount of time between drawing and hitting one’s target is achieved by means of open carrying on one’s hip.  That’s why competition handgun shooters carry on their hips.  It’s why all openly-marked law enforcement officers carry on their hips.  It’s why I and most members of the military who carried handguns into either combat or hostile fire zones carried on our hips.  And it’s why I open carry on my hip today.  My open carry response time is less than a second.  If I have to conceal, it ramps up to at least a second and a half, if not two seconds.  Should you ever find yourself in a firefight, things usually happen very quickly, hence the expression about “the quick and the dead.”  I’d rather not be the dead one.

2.b.  Deterrence.  The visible presence of a firearm in modern society is a deterrent.  This is quite different from combat, where the enemy could be anyone, and if you look like a member of the American military you may indeed be a target.  In modern American society, criminals want just one thing, but in two parts.  The one thing is to survive.  Most are in a situation where they feel they have to steal.  That’s Part A.  Most also do not relish becoming wounded or killed (Part B).  They have no interest in reliving any semblance of the “Wild West.”  In fact, the “wild west” really wasn’t the wild west, either.  That’s largely Hollywood fiction created to sell movies.  The firearms death rate per capita back then was a fraction of what it is today, even though several times more people routinely carried firearms.  Wait…  What?  You heard me.  In any given society, there is an INVERSE correlation between the percentage of citizens who’re routinely armed and the firearms death rate per capita.  Amazing how that inverse correlation keeps popping up, isn’t it?  🙂  You can’t compare between dissimilar societies, though, such as the U.S. and Yemen, because there are so many more factors at work than merely the number of firearms vs the number of firearms related deaths.  That’s why I said, in any given society, there is an inverse correlation between the percentage of citizens who’re routinely armed and the firearms death rate per capita.

Regardless, the visible presence of firearms in modern America is indeed a deterrent.  That’s the other reason why law enforcement open carries, that’s a primary reason why the military open carries, and that’s the other reason why I open carry.  Criminals are into stealing from you, not mixing it up with you.  They have no idea how fast or accurate you might be, or the nature of your demeanor of disposition.  If you’re carrying concealed, you or may not be a target, depending on other factors.  If you’re visibly carrying, you’ll probably not be considered a target.  The often-voiced objections of “they’ll kill you to get your gun” or “they’ll kill you first because you’re armed” bear no resemblance to reality, and are not supported by any number of crime statistics, for good reason:  When faced with a choice between walking away or attending their own funeral, criminals are pretty similar to the vast majority of you and I: Live to fight another day.  I always use my brain first (stay away from trouble), feet second (get away from trouble), and firearm third (deal with trouble, in that order.  All the testosterone posing in the world will only increase your chances of injury of death.  On rare occasion you might encounter a different response, but that’s the exception, not the rule.

3.  Speaking of which, I believe a large part of these YouTube “open carry demonstrations” are little more than a testosterone exercise, choosing to err on the side the of the law, hoping for the best, or recording the worst.  While I admit they’ve had have some utility with respect to checking the actions of a wayward department or catching a rogue cop in action, I’m not an advocate.  The vast majority of the planned ones seem rather silly, and some have been downright dangerous.  I think the unplanned ones have had the most utility, but usually only after serious civil rights violations.

4.  When I open carry, I simply go about my business.  Whether that’s to the bank, a restaurant, or the grocery store is really no one else’s business but my own.  I have a CC permit, and do so when it’s expedient or more appropriate to do so.  The choice, however, remains mine.  I exercise sound judgement, reasonable caution, and do so as I see fit given all involved circumstances.

This is a freedom upon which our country was founded, the freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, on our own terms, non someone else’s.  The criminal element in our society exists, but it’s a very small percentage of the remainder of us law-abiding citizens.  It’s up to us law-abiding citizens to ensure the over-zealous control freaks in our government remain in check and continue to work with us to enforce the laws as necessary without crossing the line, trying to force us to do their bidding.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the primary reason why we carry in the first place.  It’s both the first line in the sand against everything from aggression, robbery, rape, homicide, as well as the last line in the sand against tyrannical aggression.  Those in law enforcement who respect this, and they are many, we’ve got your backs, and we know you have ours.  Thank you.  You should know by now from the above reading we’re not in this for show.

Those who don’t, if I may, please start with the Library of Congress.  Better start at the beginning.  Follow the links.  Follow the history, lest we repeat it, and please, let’s not repeat the massacres of the 20th Century.

RYOC – A Work in Progress

In little more than two weeks, RYOC has moved from a concept into practice.

It began with an idea of how citizens can collaborate on current events and issues, bills in the House and Senate, executive orders, court decisions and treaties.  It is now a series of blogs on which people can comment, not only at the end of the blog (ok, but boring), but also in the interactive, collaboratively-rich environment of a message forum.  You’re not limited to blog comments.  You can start your own threads on the message forum, in addition to responding to threads created by others.

That’s where we are now.

The vision for RYOC’s future is a blog space for everyone, thereby duplicating my own efforts, but from your own perspective.

RYOC’s strength is inherent in its structure.  Before I created RYOC, I examined other political message forums, discovering what works, and why, as well as what doesn’t work.  The research and design phases alone took four months, as I wanted to be certain that RYOC was a cut of above the rest, even out of the starting gates.

I believe I succeeded.

No message forum is greater than its users, though, and that’s where you come in.  I invite you to join us in providing rich, insightful content!  The more you post, the more others will post, until everyone’s posting about everything.  That’s the measure of a healthy online community.  🙂

If you have any suggestions for improvement, I welcome your input here, on RYOC Forums!

Dear DHS: I AM NOT A TERRORIST

The title is in response to this article, which says the DHS is re-targeting “Conservative Americans” as “the new terrorists.”  In particular, this study find that if you’re “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of liberty,” then you’re an “extreme right-wing terrorist.”

Who the hell ARE these people?  Good grief!  They’re so out of touch with reality it’s no longer funny!  I dare say whoever’s coming up with this B.S. are themselves the true terrorists, having infiltrated the DHS in order to clandestinely undermine our nation from the inside out.  That’s not conspiracy theory.  That’s just fact.  The CIA, the KGB, Hitler’s Gestapo and SS…  Some agencies have behaved themselves far better than others.  No one can deny, however, their mission:  To infiltrate and undermine enemy governments.

That’s what’s happening to us.  I think I may know why, and I’ll get to that in a moment.  In the meantime:

– I served my country honorably for more than 20 years as a well-decorated officer in the United States Air Force.

– I took the week-long, Level II Anti-Terrorist/Force Protection training while stationed at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada. I did so voluntarily, post-9/11, because I was determined to do everything I could to protect the fellow members of my squadron from potential threats.

– I’ve gladly served in one of the two major terrorist theaters of operation in the last eleven years, fighting terrorists. While my job duties didn’t involve engaging them directly, I’ve certainly dodged their bullets, while supplying beans and bullets for the troops who do.  More than a few of the bullets I dodged were too close for comfort, impacting our aircraft as we flew in and out of the many airfields in Iraq.

– I’ve carried thousands of troops to the front line, and I’ve returned a few who made the ultimate sacrifice to their loved ones.  Doing so was my honor, not that they fell, but that we could bring them home.

AND YET!!!….

“A recent study, funded by DHS, characterizes Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.”

It goes on to say, “it does take time to focus on Americans who hold beliefs shared by both conservatives and libertarians and calls them radical extremists.”

So, this study, funded by the DHS, labels me as a terrorist, an “extreme right-wing terrorist” at that, simply because I’m reverent of liberty?

Oh, Holy Day!  Great God in Heaven!  According to this study, Thomas Jefferson was a terrorist! Alexander Hamilton was a terrorist? George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan — All terrorists!  Aghhh!  Run for the hills!!!

Seriously? If the DHS supports this crap, they’ve got massive international egg on their face. This is beyond absurd. It’s unbelievably ridiculous, the product of too many bean-counters spending too much time in their cubicles without benefit of actually having fought for our country in the military service.

It’s high time we make some much-needed changes here in America. I believe we need to follow Israel’s outstanding example, and require everyone who graduates high school, regardless of wealth, to serve two years in the military. They will be paid and receive three square meals a day.

But there are some stipulations to go along with this provision.  Those who have not served, regardless of the reason, ranging from medical to conscientious objector, and certainly not Daddy’s Wealth, will never be able to hold public office.

Ever.

Oh, I think we should make some home-town allowances, such as for mayors, police chiefs, city councilmen, sheriffs, etc. But state governor? Nope. Congressmen? Nope. President? Nope. Federal Judges? Nope. Supreme Court Justice? Nope.

You might ask “why?”  Simple:  Too many of our politicians who’ve never been there, done that, are irrefutably clueless when it comes the way the real world works.  I’ve visited more than thirty countries, have lived in seven of them more than a month, and four of them for more than a year, “on the economy,” no less.

The answer’s simple: Whoever’s at the DHS who came up with the ridiculous idea of funding this idiotic study is totally out of touch with reality, with society, and with the men and women of America, what we’re about, and why we do what we do.

In my experience, men and women of the military are by and large one of the last great melting pots of human existence. They’re one of the last bastions of reality on our increasingly over-html’d planet. One’s warped misconceptions and misconceived notions rapidly disappear when you’re brought into close, hard-working contact with so many others from all walks of society. You learn the real meaning of tolerance, as well as how to get along well with others, play nice, and, on occasion, kick ass, and no, I’m not talking about beating up on one’s brother. I’m talking about pounding the enemy.

Unfortunately, this study encourages the DHS to go forth with beating up our own brothers.

That’s messed up, big time.  As we used to say in the military, “It doesn’t pass the sanity test.” Then again, that “test” was born of at least several years of cross/multi-cultural military experience, something sadly lacking in certain government agencies these days. Given the nature of the study, the very fact that it was approved indicates to me that those who approved it either have no such experience, or that their experience was horribly warped.

If you’ve enjoyed this honest, heart-felt response to the ridiculous idea that those of us who’ve fought for and honor our liberty should be labeled “terrorists” by the same government who cut our orders, please do me a favor:  Please spread the word. Please SHARE this, and not only with your Facebook friends, but with your other friends and family, via e-mail and even snail mail, if you have to.  I’m sure this will touch a nerve with more of them than you might imagine. But don’t stop there – PLEASE share this with Congress, an agency whom I think is being populated by too many of the “give me” crowd and who hasn’t heard from YOU, the honest-to-God American Voter, in quite a while. Write them! Don’t be afraid of being labeled – that’s what our enemy wants you to fear.  That’s why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Instead, remember this:  If we’re all labeled, I’ve got your back, and you have mine. If you don’t speak up, no one will have either of our backs, so yes, the fight for freedom has come to our door, and it’s our time.

May God bless you and keep you! May He order your thoughts, desires, and passions, and may He bless our nation and our people through and through. I pray for common sense, for rational thought, and for lawful order and justice throughout our society, provided, of course, those laws and that justice are firmly compliant with our Constitution and only those laws which properly derive their authority from the “law of the land,” the founding document of our nation, the U.S. Constitution.  It is upon that foundation alone, and all laws properly deriving their authority therefrom, which I stand.

Please join the discussion of this article in RYOC Forums!

What is RYOC? It is the answer to the question…

The answer begins with what RYOC is not. It is not about terrorism, revolution, or subversion. Here at RYOC, we work within the rules to effect change. Whether that’s change for the future or for the restoration of the way our country to its Constitutional basis is up to all citizens. Most people see these sides in conflict. I believe the two sides can collaborate, and in so doing accomplish more good for our country and humankind together than they could ever hope to achieve separately, or worse, as antagonists.  As Dr. Benjamin Carson mentioned during his recent keynote speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, lawyers are all about winning, no matter what, and right now our government is full of lawyers.  That doesn’t work.  We need to knock that off and find real solutions to some very real problems facing America today.

We remain a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”1 WE are “the people.” If we leave everything up to our government, they will continue to distance themselves until they hold all the power and hold all the keys. Humanity has been down that road before, however, and we know where it leads. Our government cannot survive. We cannot survive.

It is up to us. No politician can or will restore our country. They are still a part of that system. They are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, they will fight to protect it. We’re better than this. We must not think we are — we must know we are. It is up to us to restore our country, one politician at a time. That process begins here. That process begins now.

RYOC is more than a blog or an Internet forum. It’s a collaborative matrix where we can work to improve current and proposed legislation, executive orders, court decisions, and other current issues. While it uses the best message forum software on the planet, running on one of the best hosting companies, RYOC has a unique structure and set of tools.  Here you’ll find the resources where you can collaborate on what’s real, what’s right for our country. Here you can organize specific efforts focusing on specific issues, in ways designed to wake others and our politicians up from their dream world, from the bondage into which they were born. RYOC is the answer to the question that drives you mad.

We are all here to do what we are all here to do. Just remember – there is no spoon.

Addendum:  I chose the user name “patriot” not out of vain or selfish ambition, but from a quote by George Washington:

“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.” – General Orders (2 May 1778); published in Writings of George Washington (1932), Vol.XI, pp. 342-343.

1U.S. Declaration of Independence, 1776