I will not carry heat. Ever. I do not want a loaded gun on my hip, concealed .. or displayed for all to see and fear. Nope, not me. Not in my car, not in my boat, not in my pants.
My neighbor went to see Star Wars yesterday with his son. His son has a heater, and a conceal and carry permit (not a privilege, no .. a RIGHT), and fully intended to carry it into the theater. For self-defense dontchaknow. I asked "self-defense from who?" Now, I expected to hear an answer, something like "defense from some psychopath like the one that shot up the theater in Colorado," that unhinged red-headed domestic terrorist stepchild that put the fear of theaters into us all a couple years ago.
But .. NO .. why does his son feel a need to pack at the movies?
So ... the propaganda machine is well oiled, deployed, and fully functional. Very predictably and quite disheartening to me, we here in the hardcore heartland of America are actually in fear for our lives, from Islamic loose cannons (eyeroll) OR maybe it's just that the idea of walking about in public carrying death machines on our hips appeals to our inner American cowboy. I truly hope the latter, although barely less ridiculous.
We are, collectively, that freaking simple, that easily manipulated.
My neighbor's son seems of average or better intelligence, attends college, has two cats, a nice SUV, fine wardrobe of designer brands, girlfriend .. and a pistol. Not pointing fingers at him particularly. Based on what I see around me, this kid is not an anomaly; he fairly represents our average collective mindset. Sadly, all it takes is some hate speech from a charismatic clown like Donald Trump to send us all into war mode. We are being groomed, for lack of a better term, for yet another ground war, and Trump is good for business. Yes, the kind of war business that allows the Halliburtons, Lockheed Martins, Raytheons etc. etc. etc. .. to bill US WHO PAY TAXES (average people, not corporations) endlessly, a get stay rich free card for eternity billed carte blanche at the expense of, well, everything else. The stuff we actually DO need, we don't get, because you know, to actually expect these things would cut the war budget .. and make us (for shame) UNPATRIOTIC. That's the short narrative.
Now, nevermind that sending yet another bunch of teenagers to the sandy regions to kill and be killed will have the opposite effect of what us average patriots expect. We are given the impression that ISIS, ISIL, DAESH, AL QAEDA, BOKO BLAH BLAH et al, can be blown to bits, or killed one good patriot bullet at a time, until which time there are none left and we can go back to our cherry pie and baseball 'merikan existence. Yes, the war machine, the wizard behind the curtain pulling our puppet strings would have us believe that, knowing full well in their black and evil Grinch hearts, that for every "insurgent" we kill, five or fifty more are created. I dare ask, what would WE do, if our land was occupied?
Takes a terrorist to know a terrorist I say, and the USA/UK/Israel knows terrorism. We are the very best.
Bottom line for me, I repeat, is that I refuse to live in propaganda fueled fear. I simply cannot imagine strapping on a hogleg every time I go out in the scary world to grab some groceries, or go to a movie. In fact though, come to think of it, I believe I will avoid Star Wars, and all other movies. Knowing that any half-bright (or even full bright) media 'noided trigger-happy cracker can carry their lead launchers in there kind of kills it for me.