This is one of those tough articles to write, because it deals with interacting with law enforcement. As I have stated before, I truly admire the police and respect the work they do in protecting our community. This article is not about the police as people, but the policies and procedures they are beginning to impose on law abiding citizens. In particular, the increased use of public interrogation tactics that violate your forth amendment rights in order to suppress your second amendment rights.
Let’s start with a question. If you lived in a state that allows you to openly carry a firearm in public, would you? But before we get into it, lets watch this short video of a student (law student) who is lawfully carrying a firearm in public:
Did the dialogue make you feel uncomfortable? Most people answer yes, for a few very different reasons. The most common one is that we want to avoid tension and the student, through his words, is causing tension. That often makes us feel really uncomfortable. Sadly, we are so bad at recognizing and exercising our natural rights, that we have devolved to a point where we feel discomfort in those that do.
For example, the police officer uses a traditional tactic to try get the identification of the student. He states that in order to “carry a gun, you can not be a felon.” He continues, “so I need to see your identification.” At this point most people would consent and turn over their identification, because it would be the “right thing to do.” Correct? Not necessarily. Just like the second amendment prohibits the government from infringing on our rights to keep and bear arms, the forth amendment protects us from unnecessary search and seizure. In most states, if you are not suspected of a crime or under arrest, you are not required to identify yourself. Here are some key student dialogue points that I noticed:
– In order to stop me, you have to suspect me of a crime. What crime am I am suspected of committing?
– I do not consent to searches or seizers.
– I am not going to give you my identification, unless you suspect me of a crime. Do you suspect me of a crime?
The student is just exercising a couple of his natural rights (2nd and 4th amendment). But because we, as a society, often don’t behave like this, the police office is taken back by the entire conversation. People don’t behave like this, they just comply. As an audience watching all this, we unaturally feel uncomfortable.
So, what is the point of all this? If we don’t begin exercising our second amendment rights, within the boundaries of the our local laws, the we will surely loose them through atrophy. We fight against those that try to take our AR-15s, we push back on those that look to restrict our magazines to 10 or less rounds of ammo, and we get pissed that we cannot conceal and carry. All of these we do, while never taking advantage of some of the simpler second amendment rights available to us everyday in our local communities.