Thursday, May 14, 2020

Armed And Dangerous

From the New York Times:

SHEPHERD, Texas — When Jamie Williams decided to reopen her East Texas tattoo studio last week in defiance of the state’s coronavirus restrictions, she asked Philip Archibald for help. He showed up with his dog Zeus, his friends and his AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Mr. Archibald established an armed perimeter in the parking lot outside Crash-N-Burn Tattoo, secured by five men with military-style rifles, tactical shotguns, camouflage vests and walkie-talkies. One of them already had a large tattoo of his own. “We the People,” it said.

“I think it should be a business’s right if they want to close or open,” said Mr. Archibald, a 29-year-old online fitness trainer from the Dallas area who lately has made it his personal mission to help Texas business owners challenge government orders to keep their doors shut during the coronavirus pandemic. “What is coming to arrest a person who is opening their business according to their constitutional rights? That’s confrontation.”

Call it the armed reopening.

It’s one thing when a bunch of ammosexuals rally in the middle of the desert to play summer soldier and defy the BLM over grazing fees.  But when the very breath you blast when you’re carrying on about “freedum” endangers the people around you, then you’re a danger to the community.  If you want to take the risk, go ahead.  The Constitution grants you the right to be a blowhard.  But it doesn’t give you or any of your Spell-Check-challenged projectors the right to endanger innocent people or the ones who are doing their job to keep the community and the country you say you love out of danger.

But go ahead and scream “Give me liberty, or give me death.”  The way you’re going, you’ll get both.

One bark on “Armed And Dangerous

  1. In simple terms, he’s got a point: if a business owner wants to open during a pandemic, fine — people will stay away to safeguard themselves. Or they should.

    But nothing in this world is that simple: there are always those who think it can’t happen to them. They are the ones who are endangering everyone else — which, on top of being thoughtless and rather stupid, is immoral: our morality — and I mean real morality, not a bunch of arbitrary rules cherry-picked from the 3,000 year old tribal taboos of a bunch of Middle Eastern nomads — stems from our nature as social animals — the basis of morality is that we take care of each other, because that benefits the group. So the “it can’t happen to me” crowd is out on that count.

    As for the armed presence: wrong. No ifs, ands or buts. Aside from the fact that I think assault weapons should be banned, this joker is staging an armed rebellion against a lawful government. I guess that makes him a real man — as long as he has his penis substitute in hand.

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