Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Chief Executive of Cooper Firearms of Montana, Dan Cooper, likes Obama's general policies so much that he's redistributed $3,300 to the Obama presidential campaign. Thanks to Downright Dusty via Days of our Trailers for the heads up.
I was happy to inform them via their website that in the future I will redistribute MY wealth to a couple of those Illinois firearms manufacturers.
I HATE shopping. Truly. I own more guns than pairs of shoes. Guns and ammo, books, music, now those are things I'm happy to shop for. But shopping for the stuff some women seem to want to amass and collect bores me to tears. And I hate stores and crowds. Clauswitz would be proud. I have my list, I do a field study, the layout of the place. Then I dive in unexpectedly, averting near collision with someone spraying samples of perfume by going for a flank position. There they are. Boots. Brown. Size 7, I'm out the door with my spoils in five minutes.
THIS IS HOW MOST WOMEN VIEW SHOPPING
THIS IS HOW I VIEW SHOPPING
The difference though, is unlike these Celtic guys I'm not allowed to shop armed. The mall is a "gun free zone". So I avoid it like the black death and hit locally owned places, smaller stores that appreciate my business, concealed or not. Malls are scary enough as it is, sale racks of ugly ties, teenagers with credit cards, tacos at the food court. Go there without a gun? No thank you.
Gun free. Think about it. Think about some famous gun free places.
Columbine High School.
New York City pizza shop.
Pearl Mississippi High School.
New York pizza shop.
The Amish school in Pennsylvania.
Virginia Tech University.
and more. . . .
Heller is a step in the right direction but we still have a long ways to go, and need to continue to educate and inform. Guns aren't the evil here, people are the evil.
Certainly the media didn't fault Ryder truck regulations or ammonia nitrate restrictions, or a "cult of agriculture fertilizer" following Timothy McVeigh's horrific crime in Oklahoma City.
No one debated the societal danger of kitchen utensils or other hardware of choice after Jeffery Dahmer drugged, mutilated and cannibalized his victims.
I believe it was Albert Einstein who said- "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
Nobel Economist Friedrich Hayek termed it a "fatal conceit" and some politicians have had a bad case of it, believing they can change the world with their God- like legal attestation as to what THEY think our rights are. But the fatal conceit is not metaphoric, it's literal. People die because social-control laws do not stop criminals but simply prevent law abiding citizens from protecting themselves and those under their care.
So until the next step is taken, I will not shop in gun free malls or gun free stores. I will not buy any products from Cooper Firearms if their leader supports a candidate who is on the record with a wish to remove Second Amendment rights. I may be one lone woman, but I'm a lone woman with a single six figure income and a platinum credit card. Businesses may not care for my views, but they DO care about my buying power. Cooper may not care if they lose the business of one, but I am one of many. I won't take my money any place that has the audacity to demand unarmed helplessness. I won't spend my money for businesses that support, even if indirectly, those that would take those rights from us. Guns themselves in the malls aren't going to cause my demise, any more than Ryder trucks cause terrorism, water causes drowning and forks cause obesity. Guns in the malls, guns in a store, only make me a victim when I'm the one that doesn't have one. They're not "gun free" they are "good-guy gun free" zones.
I have a profession where I've studied the insanity of fate and the methodology of greed and evil. It has a profile, a plan and a preferred environment where its prey can not fight back. Embrace the facts and spread the word, take your business elsewhere. And tell them why.