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Ok Let's Have Open Carry on Campus

tthor Wrote: Jan 08, 2014 11:00 AM
"Open carry is a bad idea because visible firearms clearly deter the free expression of ideas." Since the left's idea of "free expression" typically involves unrestrained vulgarity, profanity, and ad hominem attacks, I can see as how they might have a point. Perhaps they'd do well to contemplate Heinlein's famous dictum, "An armed society is a polite society."
Brian953 Wrote: Jan 09, 2014 1:48 PM
There's no free expression of ideas to be deterred. If you express the right ideas, you're OK. But there is no freedom to express the "wrong" ideas, as it is.
J.74 Wrote: Jan 08, 2014 1:16 PM
Better phrased: "An armed society is a fearful, feared, and militarized society."
CombatMissionary Wrote: Jan 08, 2014 2:34 PM
Correctly phrased: "An armed society is a society that expects people to be accountable for their words and actions, and realizes that they are the only line of defense against governmental overreach."

Or, J.74, you could simply say, "An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject."
tthor Wrote: Jan 08, 2014 3:10 PM
ComabatMissionary, I find that when I am carrying I am far more conscious of my demeanor and conduct than when I am not carrying. When I'm carrying, the *last* thing I want to do is to instigate a confrontation stemming from some thoughtless act or comment on my part that might be construed as offensive by another. Being armed makes you keenly aware that you are indeed responsible for your words and actions. Perhaps not coincidentally, this heightened awareness of one's own actions in relation to others is a necessary precondition to engaged citizenship. Would that everyone (even J.74) have the opportunity to experience it.