As long as people carrying books or guns into their home worry about the police breaking down their doors in the early morning hours we have more work to do.
March 25, 2012
[Sadly as great as things have gotten lately Joe nailed this problem right on the head. Many of us still live in fear of the state randomly deciding they don’t like us anymore for one reason or another. Some would call us paranoid.
The problem there though is if you have been paying attention you realize yes we should be concerned. All it takes is some scared sheep calling the police to get a no knock or guns blazing visit from some officer he wants to get his rocks off. You and I both know how that can and will probably end. Even in the best circumstances they’ll show up and take your property without cause or warrant and refuse to return it.
I grew up in the 90s and I understood there was some fear then. What I have noticed though, strongly over the past 5 or 6 years my fear level has been steadily rising. As much as gunnies are “coming out of the closet” we are hearing more and more of the no knock and innocent people being killed. Back in the 90s you just worried about the state. Now you have to worry about some puritan calling to complain about your choice of hobbies and how the inanimate objects scare them. That’s what has changed. Our neighbors have bought hook line and sinker in to 1800-Dial-A-Nazi in the “War on Terrorism”
We still have a long way to go. Until police stop treating every gun owner as a second class citizen because of that puritan we are going to have to continue to fight. It’s a two front battle though, we must first get people to stop having an irrational fear of inanimate objects. Secondly we need to get the officers who behave in such a manner to realize we are an asset, not a hindrance.
My local sheriff looks at the wife and I as an asset that can help him if necessary should the need require. He knows us and he knows there is nothing to fear from us. It is not gun owners who have perpetuated this us versus them mentality and sadly I’m not sure how to best combat it. At least I’m not the canary in the coal mine, but I’m close enough I might as well be. Time for new tactics.
Please remember this even if you think those of us who worry are just paranoid, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean no one is out to get you. -B]
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.