Yep. The police were going house to house under the guise of a mandatory evacuation, but it was really just a gun grab of the innocent folks, as they took the guns but left the people. The police, knowing damn well that there were looters all over the place and they were leaving people and their property defenseless against these armed thugs. I believe many people learned a lot from this.
The debates on this and other forums all sound the same. There are those that call others cowards or idiots for hiding their guns or for wanting some sort of revolution or for not wanting a revolution. There are those people who say we all need to organize yet they themselves don’t make an effort or take leadership. There are the one or two people who beat their chest about how much more they do to try and fight for 2A. There are the people who preach “Do Not Comply” to others, but then they themselves abide by the unconstitutional gun laws that are passed to avoid legal problems. There are the people who walk the streets with a rifle strapped to their backs exercise their right to carry, testing and educating police and the general public. And then there’s the people who disapprove of this saying they are just making things worse. Some write letters to their legislators. Some say writing is a waste of time and isn’t working.
Some people have lost only some of their weapons in boating accidents but managed to salvage a few pieces. Some lost their ammo cans on the way home from the store in various undisclosed places that subsequently got covered in an avalanche. Good for them. Oh, I mean…that’s too bad. How awful! Some people don’t like confrontation (like me) but would go all ninja on your ass if I had to, without hesitation. And many of us have not been in the military, and while we have a respect for those who served, don’t always need to hear from vets how we would get our asses kicked if we had to fight.
Some debate on whether open or conceal carry is best. Some are bigger advocates than others. Some don’t want anyone at all knowing they even own a firearm. Maybe some people have 2A and gun channels and get paid to do it and don’t have to have a regular job like the rest of us. And maybe some people just want to own a damn gun or two and don’t want to spend their lives being activists in this bullshit gun control battle that has gone on for 100 years regardless of efforts put forth to oppose it. And some folks are just trying to fit their busy work schedule and their family into the day that’s given to them and are unaware of what’s happening. Some people have the time and money to go out on a daily basis and throw several hundred rounds down range, and feel that if others can’t shoot the asshole off a gnat at 500 yards they shouldn’t even be carrying a gun. And lets not forget the people who criticize or offer unsolicited advice on someone else’s choice (usually a new person’s) in what they are buying or building, often with no valid reasoning behind it; simply persuading someone else to get what they have.
Seems in the gun community you are damn if you do and damned if you don’t.
There’s always someone who thinks everyone else should be doing things differently. or doing more or doing things their way.
I could care less if someone hides their firearms or hangs them on their front porch as wind chimes. And I don’t give a rats hairy ass if someone wants to spend $500 on a purple butt stock that doubles as a whiskey flask or a pink compensatory that shoots fairy dust with every round. That’s their money and their dream that they worked for. I’m not their financial advisor nor their mother. The way I see it, that’s one more firearm out there on our side and I’m happy for them.
We don’t need to be divided, we don’t need to be belittling, and we don’t need to be pointing the finger at each other. Everyone is an individual and has to make the decision that is right for them and their family.
Every one of us I’m sure is upset about all this gun legislation, but the few here who live in these states did not vote for it. They can only do so much. There have been marches of hundreds of 2A and gun supporters that didn’t even make the news, and most likely did not make an impact. None of us know how to go about stopping this. Would it be awesome to see EVERY single gun owner take to Washington? Yes, absolutely. But that’s not very realistic. So in the meantime, we do what we can do and we prepare. For anything. And we try and grow our numbers.