Open Carrying While Black, Washoe County, Nevada

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Nevada is an open carry state, allowing the unconcealed carry of both handguns and longarms.

Unless, of course, one has a disqualifying factor, such as mental disease or defect, a felony conviction, etc.

Apparently, that also includes being black, at least in Washoe County.

 

Gabriel Nobles was carrying a rifle in Washoe County when he was confronted by the Sheriff’s Office, put on the ground at gun point, and held there.  His only offense was that he was a young black man carrying a rifle slung across his back.  We’ve seen plenty of videos of similar activity, but nothing like this.  I can see nothing in the video that justifies the deputies conduct.

Of course, at the end of the stop, Gabriel is given his rifle back and sent on his way.

 

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Does the DC Police Chief Understand what Civil Disobedience Really Means?

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Adam Kokesh has called for an open carry march on Washington, D.C. as an act of civil disobedience.  Basically what he wants to do is to push back against the government and stand up for Second Amendment rights.  The local authorities are obviously not supportive, as this video shows.

At 0:26 in the video, Cathy Lanier, the Chief of Police for Washington, D.C., describes civil disobedience.  She is under the impression that civil disobedience is mere protesting, but that violating the law is not included in civil disobedience.  Obviously she doesn’t know what she is talking about.

Civil disobedience became known first by the actions of Henry David Thoreau who was willing to go to jail in protest of governmental actions that he did not approve. Henry David Thoreau, Resistance to Civil Government (1849).  Indeed, the definition of civil disobedience is defined as “a refusal to obey laws, pay taxes, etc: a nonviolent means of protesting or of attempting to achieve political goals”,  Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition (2009), “the refusal of citizens to obey certain laws or pay taxes as a peaceful way to express disapproval of those laws or taxes”, Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary online (2013), “a form of political protest in which large numbers of people refuse to obey a law”, McMillan Dictionary (2013), and “refusal to obey governmental demands or commands especially as a nonviolent and usually collective means of forcing concessions from the government”, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (2013).

Now, I know that Adam is aware of exactly what civil disobedience consists of, which is violating a law.  In this case, he has discussed it in detail, including the recognition that the marchers would likely be arrested.

On CBS News DC.

Now there are two possibilities for Lanier’s statements.  First, she’s an idiot who doesn’t know what civil disobedience actually means, or second, she knows exactly what it means and is lying to the public to control the spin.  Either is not becoming.

Police Officer Gun Control Survey Belies Common “Wisdom”

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PoliceOne, a website dedicated to law enforcement personnel, recently conducted a survey of current and former law enforcement officers on gun control.

The survey is not going to be liked or appreciated by the gun control crowd, or for that matter, many chiefs of police.  The March 2013 survey obtained data from 15,000 current, former, and retired police officers. Quoting from their press release:

  • 86 percent feel the currently proposed legislation would have no effect or a negative effect on improving officer safety  

  • Similarly, 92 percent feel that banning semi-automatic firearms, or “assault weapons,” would have no effect or a negative effect on reducing violent crime  

  • Demonstrating the opinion that the best way to combat gun crime is through harsher punishment, 91 percent said the use of a firearm while perpetrating a crime should lead to a stiff, mandatory sentence with no plea bargains. Likewise, 59 percent believe increasing punishment severity for unlicensed dealers would reduce crime  

  • Respondents were more split on background checks, with 31 percent agreeing that mental health background checks in all gun sales would help reduce mass shootings, while 45 percent disagreed  

  • 71 percent support law enforcement leaders who have publicly refused to enforce more restrictive gun laws within their jurisdictions  

  • 82 percent believe gun buyback or turn-in programs are ineffective in reducing the level of gun violence  

  • 91 percent support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians who have not been convicted of a felony and/or have not been deemed psychologically incapable  

  • Likewise, 80 percent feel that legally-armed citizens would likely have reduced the number of casualties in recent mass shooting incidents

So far, the survey has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Reason.com, the Daily Kos, and WorldNetDaily.  Surprising me not at all, the survey has been NOT been covered by CBS, MSNBC, CNN, or the rest of the mainstream media.

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