But it is a question that bears asking.

In the past couple of years, there has been an increasingly vocal movement toward “Open Carry” of fire arms in public places.  Without getting into a values discussion or an argument about the rightness or wrongness of this issue, I would like to point out some fundamental conflicts in the legal system.

Lately, people have been allowed to carry rifles and shotguns around town. Last month a young man of my acquaintance was arrested and jailed for “Possession of Burglerous Tools” because he was walking home from a friends house with two screw drivers in his pocket.  I know that it is illegal, here, to carry knives with blades longer than 7 inches.  Is it just me or does this seem to be an irreconcilable double standard about what constitutes “intent to engage in criminal or threatening behavior”?

I would like to know why it is OK for me to carry my M1 Garand to the Mall but not my Katana or, for that matter, my flat head screw driver?



Happy Memorial Day!

5 thoughts on “Inconsistencies

  1. Maybe it is WHO is carrying rather than what they are carrying. They say looks can kill and also get you killed. Justice and equality all depends on the shoe you stand in. Good rant.


    • No doubt about THAT inconsistency! Ethnicity, appearance, attire, and demeanor determine the reaction of people and police to this behavior. E.g.- Black boy with toy gun shot and killed by police vs. White guy in camo hat and “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt with an M-14 over his shoulder walks the mall with impunity.


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