Talk About Paranoid…

Sebastian observes And They Say We’re Fearful

Eugene Kane in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Before today, I never had to worry about encountering covertly armed strangers during my daily routine.

That, boys and girls, is as stupid a thing as you’ll ever read. If he really thinks he’s never encountered “covertly armed” people before during his daily routine, he’s ignorant. Let’s hope he’s just pretending to be ignorant.

With concealed carry laws in effect, I can’t be too lax about casual encounters anymore. I have to remind myself to be aware of any sudden movements or suspicious behavior by individuals while in public space.

Why wouldn’t anyone be “aware of any sudden movements or suspicious behavior” at any time, regardless of whether you think they’re armed or not? This is a fake paranoia.

Even driving back and forth from home to work takes on a new relevance. I have to make it a point to be more courteous to fellow motorists and exhibit extreme road courtesy in all situations.

Mr. Kane pretends to be unaware that more people are killed in cars by cars than they are by gun crime.

I’m going to have to start watching for the hunched-over posture that could signal a concealed gun carrier.

Maybe a telltale bump or protrusion under their clothing. Of course, as it gets colder, that’s going to be a lot more difficult to decipher.

If anyone has really been so cluelessly unaware of suspicious behavior, highway dangers, or telltale bumps under clothing, there’s nothing more that a few people legally carrying guns is going to do. Though it’s tough to know for sure, I suspect he’s playing dumb to try to prove some sort of point.

In the end, though, I think he shifts from playing dumb to actually being dumb:

Yes, the tavern; the law says you can carry a concealed weapon in a bar as long as you’re not drinking.

I suspect some folks will obey that law about as well they do drunken-driving statutes.

This is one of the things that I find so telling about those who wring their hands over gun laws. They pretend that gun law will help, but they will readily admit that they don’t think other laws help other issues.

Critics of the right to keep and bear arms often claim that gun owners want guns because they’re so afraid. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Even when it’s wrong.

One thought on “Talk About Paranoid…”

  1. Ah, the bleating of sheep. To the trembling lamb, even a sheepdog looks like a wolf; thankfully, the sheepdogs are attentive to other things.

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