Paul Jacob

The jaw-dropping irony, though, is that Mr. Wiser is precisely the kind of kid you’d be expecting the authorities to be grooming. He claims already to have received several certifications:

  • Emergency Vehicle Operator
  • Terror Recognition
  • FEMA’s National Terror Defense certification

But if the felony prosecution goes through, his career in public service is finished. Over. Done. Not only would he not be able to become a fireman, he wouldn’t be able to work, as he put it, as a janitor in a school.

As he sees it, his life could be ruined by the nonsense he’s now enduring. Over a pocket knife, no less — something every young man of my father’s generation carried with him at all times.

Remember: He was targeted expressly because he publicly promotes self-defense. This is what fear-mongering has wrought in modern America.

I began by talking terrorism. The surest way to turn a person into a terrorist is to set up the whole system of justice unjustly against the innocent. But that very process of injustice is itself a form of terrorism. State terrorism.

That it is petty and stupid doesn’t make it any less terroristic. For it is fear of the government these officials aim to inculcate. To refuse to use common sense as a check on the massive power of the state against this young man shows the banner colors all too clearly.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.