...do a walkabout in Portland and Gresham (neighboring cities) and mass hysteria results.
Mind you, in order to do a legal OC walkabout in the Citehs of Portland and Gresham, the rifles had to be slung unloaded, carried only by Concealed Handgun Licence holders. All of these laws were complied with to the letter, but the local blatt reported that 1,640 comments to their online version were recorded. Few of the commenters were pro-2A. The po-po reported that at least 10 emergency 911 calls came in, with some reportees hysterical. The police checked out the OC activists, and found nothing to complain about.
- My question: there's a time and a place for everything, as I learned at my Father's knee as a youth. Is this the time and place for OC demonstrations?
- Since the police found nothing wrong, do the 911 callers get prosecuted for the crime of Making a False Police Report? Hint: I'm not holding my breath.
- Since it's a hassle to make an online comment to the Oregonian newspaper, may we assume that well over 1,000 people like to get hassled over nothing? No, we may not assume that. What we may assume instead is that well over 1,000 people were caught up in mass hysteria, and these same people, we may assume, support letting mass hysteria be the generator of a system of laws regarding the possession, carriage and display of firearms.
- If mass hysteria is a normal and accepted behavior upon which to base laws to control behavior, is there anything wrong with ME getting hysterical about hysteria? When I see hysteria displayed, may I suppress that hysterical behavior with whatever level of force it takes to do that? If telling a hysterical person to STFU doesn't work, is gagging them an appropriate level of force to end their vocal hysteria? If not, how about a dousing with a cold bucket of water?
When you boil down the current "conversation" on Gun Control, the vast majority of the pro-Control side exhibit mass hysteria of the nature reported above. The current controversy boils down to whether or not we create law on the basis of mass hysteria. If we do, our law means nothing and cannot be respected.
The real enemy isn't guns or even criminal gunners, it is fear itself, hysterical fear of objects which have no dangerous function that evil people don't give them. I discussed this fear last month, and observed that it is being used as a tool for control of the masses.
If YOU are a person who gets hysterical at the sight or even thought of a gun, it sucks to be you. I refuse to allow YOUR suckage to infect MY life, so go take a long walk on a short pier.