Does “the house just went up in a cloud of smoke” have any relevance for you?
In the “monkey see, monkey do”
narrative, onlookers instantly become quizzical. Twice, recently, I was
standing in a Walmart check-out line. The young man ahead of me was openly
carrying his pistol. “How’s it feel to be living in a state that agrees with your
gun philosophy?” I asked. “As it should be,” came the dry and wryly response.
Sensing commemoratory after a bit more prompting, he opened up: “Where I come
from,” he directed, “carrying anywhere, anyhow, is illegal.” Such is the power
of the Constitution, but only if the people who run “where I come from” also
believe in the Constitution.
The propaganda arm of the gun
control movement – NYT, WaPo, LA Times…a thousand others whose print product
has fallen on hard times – and the C,en,enners on TV – are rife with
appropriated words and phrases that the controllers tell them they have to use.
What was once “gun control” is now “gun safety.” It just sounds a bit more
harmless and assigns a seat on the team bench to those players who have yet to
be called to battle.
We all have our reasons for why we
carry or why/how we don’t. I’m a bit more nonchalant than to stand up in front
of a crowd, beat my chest, and announce, “I’ve got a gun! (but I don’t aim to
shoot anyone).” Rather, “Who’s that idiot in the cowboy hat with what looks
like a rabid nodule on his waist?” My hope is that I won’t be the first one
shot and might be able to get off a round and “hero” my way to the parking lot.
This comes to mind by way of
copy-catting. Yesterday, Walmart announced that they would ask open carriers to
not carry openly. Good manners. Thank you for asking. Makes sense to me.
To others, mainly those who want to make a statement, just want to, uh, make a
statement. Then Kroeger fell into line. The word spread and the bandwagon began
to fill, such as lists of others who in the relative recent past have asked
their patrons to not visibly pack heat in their business premises for fear of
scaring the hot sauce out of Chipotle’s dinner serving and messing up the
Not famous as a food emporium –
though, lately, they’ve decided that potato chips and prescription drugs are
harmoniously compatible – Walgreen’s is “asking” their customers not to open
carry while shopping for opioids in their establishments, at least until they figure
out what is really more fatal, a shot of oxy or a .357 magnum.
Fear not, friends. Soon you’ll see
Demanding Moms strolling their baby buggies through Cabela’s looking not for
the ammo Walmart will no longer sell them but for fireplace kerosene to counter
the approaching winter. “It’ll be a cold day in Hell…” or some such.
Is the gun weather changing? Going from ‘flying off the shelves’ to mostly cloudy?
Bob Rogers is the Editor and Publisher of GunPro Plus, America’s premier daily digital gun news portal. After a successful 20-year career as the Editor for a major magazine in the gun industry, Bob launched GunPro Plus to bring his industry expertise on gun news into the digital realm.
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