Monday, August 22, 2016

Honestly, All Lives Matter: Not Age, Color, Gender, Race, Religion, National Origin, or Orientation

Except Maybe in Texas and Other “So-Called Right to Carry States”
(Outside the NAACP building in Houston, TX)

Troubling story and potentially a disturbing trend (my emphasis in red) in this article from Houston, Texas, but not about the right to protest or speak out and gather peacefully in public, but rather my focus on the points I want to emphasize).

A small group of protesters holding “White Lives Matter” signs staged a demonstration outside the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP building in Houston on Sunday.

Holding Confederate flags and assault rifles, the group of nearly 20 people gathered in Houston to protest against the NAACP for failing to condemn the perceived role of Black Lives Matter in relation to the deaths of white police officers.

“We came out here to protest against the NAACP and their failure in speaking out against the atrocities that organizations like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations have caused the attack and killing of white police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature,” group member Ken Reed, donning a “Donald Trump 16” cap, told the Houston Chronicle. “If they’re going to be a civil rights organization and defend their people, they also need to hold their people accountable.”

Reed said the group wasn’t there to cause problems and that the Confederate flags were being flown to symbolize Southern heritage. Police cleared out the crowd around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

My Notes: Ever since the USSC ruling gave the right to carry guns in public (Heller case in 2008), like those assault rifles above which, BTW resemble in most cases AK-47 combat rifles. Worse, to openly carry them in public, well that is very troubling and disturbing to say the least. I have this one key question: Why? 

Why? Oh, just because we can (say who openly carry publicly will say). I say there is more in play than mere concern for public safety, or their self-defense. It amounts to raw public arrogance and bullying on a much larger scale. 

For example, depending on the state, we can see guns in bars. Guns in airports. Guns in daycare centers. Guns in sports arenas. Guns openly carried on city streets. Guns strapped on hips at school board meetings. Guns on campus. And, guns in church!! 

What best describes all this? Two words do come to mind quickly: “Legal insanity.”

We can can do a lot of things in America under the label of  “it is our right." That is true, but good common sense judgment is just as paramount, and keep in mind even “free” speech has limits, although I doubt the hard nose gun-toters who are narrow-minded would ever believe there is or can be limits on speech even in America. I strongly believe, too that the right to carry gun anywhere in public openly should be reversed and not allowed. Permits to carry for narrow valid reasons is understandable, but just to openly displayed guns they way we see is pretty sad commentary for us.

So, yes, all Lives Matter…!!!  Thanks for stopping by and come again.

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