Mahatma Gandhi once said: “There is no way to peace, peace is the way.”
I really have nothing to add to that, I just want you to think about the words.
With those words, please do not reach for you guns when TSHTF. Reach for your videocamera. Don’t cooperate with your captors or your would-be masters. Video their bad behavior and make sure they cannot hide in the shadows or behind their co-conspirators in the judiciary.
I am a veteran. Or at least I was a Reservist. I was an Airborne Infantryman before President Clinton took the combat arms units out of the Reserves. I will not try to compare my service to that of a WWII vet or even a current vet from Iraq or Afghanistan. Those people have actually had people out there that wanted to kill them and they have survived. I only make the statement because I have completed Army Infantry School and Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA.
That qualification is important from the point of knowing what I am talking about only because I have actually been through the training. Army training, and to an equal or lesser extent all military training, teaches soldiers to react and not think about what they need to do. This insures the soldier does what they need to do when they are in combat. More importantly, the Army trains soldiers to de-humanize their enemies. This is intended to allow soldiers to kill enemy troops without remorse. I just had a chance to see parts of the “Band of Brothers” mini-series. I think it was a remarkable piece of work. It also drove home the point about war that I have taken to heart over the years since I was a gung-ho, hard-driving Airborne Infantryman. Soldiers kill other soldiers. That is too clean, too aseptic. More accurately, men kill other men. US soldiers came home from WWII and most didn’t want to talk about what they did over there. This is because they had to find some way to deal with the fact that they had to kill other human beings and had to see many of their buddies die at the hands of other human beings. On the ground and in the trenches, the inevitable situation soldiers find themselves in during a war is doing whatever it takes to make sure that they and their buddies get home safely. There is no glory in war, there is only pain.
So you may be asking, what is the answer to war? My answer is to hold the leaders accountable for their actions. Why would it have been so evil to assassinate Hitler (or insert the out-of-control government leader here) but its OK or even a great patriotic good to send millions of men onto battlefields to kill millions of other men? Really, why does that make sense? America always wants to point to how morally superior we are because we do not endorse assassination, yet we are always ready to send our soldiers into harms way.
If you want something to remember this Memorial Day, I would ask that you remember the amount of pain that our war veterans have had to endure because of the actions of the leaders of governments (foreign and our own).
I have been getting email newsletters from a guy named Tim Schmidt from Jackson, Wisconsin who runs an organization called the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) for about a month now. At first I was interested in what the organization might offer to American citizens. I was especially enthused by Tim’s assertion that all citizens that can conceal carry should because it benefits everyone to have law-abiding citizens out there that the Bad Guys (BGs) don’t know are packing. Well, my enthusiasm hit a brick wall today. Something about the Wisconsin address seemed a little funny to me so I looked closely at the concealed carry laws for the state of Wisconsin. I was shocked to see that Wisconsin and Illinois are the only two states in the nation that DO NOT issue concealed carry permits, period. Tim Schmidt is not just publishing a magazine about guns, he is publishing a magazine about the conceal carrying of firearms. Additionally, he has sent out another email newsletter (the last one I’ll ever get from him) in which he openly stated that he does carry a concealed weapon. As you probably already know from my previous posts, I am a Bill of Rights advocate. That Bill of Rights includes the Second Amendment and I am a solid supporter of states efforts to pass Right-to-Carry legislation. People like Tim Schmidt do a great deal of damage to the Right-to-Carry advocates by taking away our assertion that Right-to-Carry legislation will do good because it will put more law-abiding citizens on the streets with weapons that can be used to stop criminals. I think that if Tim wants to be a leader in his state in the effort to pass Right-to-Carry legislation that would be great, but for him to openly advocate concealed carry in a state where it is illegal simply makes Tim a criminal. I have emailed USCCA to tell them that what their President is doing is illegal and undermines Right-to-Carry advocacy all of the country. I think that anyone who cares about the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms should write or email USCCA and ask Tim to step down as the head of the USCCA and to condemn anyone that breaks the law by carrying concealed in an illegal manner. You can write to them through their website at: http://www.usconcealedcarry.com/public/department6.cfm