Not long ago a couple of 22 year old guys in Portland, Oregon decided to strap on their assault weapons and take a walk through town. This caused some panicked calls to the police department as you can imagine.
Ok, so it’s their constitutional right and within the law in that town, but common-sense wise I think these guys need to think a little harder about their actions.
First of all the country has just seen a rash of shootings including the Sandy Hook shooting where a crazy man walked into a school and killed a bunch of children. There have been other shootings as well and taken as a whole the majority of the country at this time is not in favor of our current gun laws. As a matter of fact Preside Obama is – at the time of this writing – looking to put stricter gun laws into effect.
I’ve got to admit if I saw someone walking down the road with an assault weapon on their back I’d be a little nervous too. Unless that person is wearing a soldier’s uniform or is a cop I can’t see walking down to the grocery store toting an AR-15.
Gun owners and preppers have already got a bad rap in this country for being kooks and maybe even dangerous. Why make it worse? Awhile back the New York Rag – I mean Post – ran a story about the shootings in Newtown.
I’ve read other stories on more reputable news sites (if there is such a thing) and in the comments people were seriously beating up on preppers. You’d have thought we’re a bunch of psychopaths sitting around with guns and food piled to the ceiling in our bunkers waiting for the zombie hordes or the solar flare to wipe out civilization. Sound familiar? Check out Doomsday Preppers and you’ll see where a lot of the countries perceptions of preppers comes from.
Let’s think of the OPSEC side of this little stunt. After parading around downtown with your assault weapons everybody in the world now knows that you have one. Do you really want everybody to know where they can find an AR-15 when TSHTF?
Just because you have a long gun doesn’t mean someone won’t be able to take it away from you. If you’re sitting around your house thinking, “They can have my gun when they pry it from my cold dead fingers,” someone is likely to take you up on that. Have you ever tried to be on full alert 24/7 for days and weeks and months? It’s hard. Even in the military it’s hard and we were trained for it. You WILL let your guard down at some point and someone will be waiting to exploit that little slip in your defenses.
Making a Point
Going back to the original idea of these guys making a point. It is within the law to walk around downtown Portland with fully loaded assault weapons, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the right thing to do. The guy has a Youtube channel and when you listen to him talk you can tell he’s not a nut, or at least that’s my impression. He’s just a young guy looking to make a point. And maybe he’s on to something, but there’s got to be a better way to do it.
My opinion is that in our country’s current emotional environment he might want to back off for awhile. He wants people to walk up to him and start talking, but if you were walking down the street with your kids would you walk up to a couple of young guys with assault weapons and strike up a conversation?
The local police seem to know him or at least of him, but it seems like this might be a good way to make the police nervous. Any way you look at it the guy is getting a lot of attention. OPSEC, folks, OPSEC.
If the government says, “We’re going to confiscate all assault weapons,” the cops are going to say, “Yeah, let’s start with that guy that walks around town with his AR-15.”
How about it? Am I way off base here?
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