Hi friends! It’s been a long time. You might have been wondering why I haven’t been posting. The answer is, besides the fact that the beautiful Oregon summer has arrived, that others, far more eloquent than I, have been doing a fine job saying pretty much all the things I like to say.
I keep finding gems on Youtube. For example, Black Pigeon Speaks. Here are a couple of examples of his amazing work:
And then there’s Acts7apologetics, who does a great job putting Islam in its place. For example:
In other news, I got my concealed carry permit today. Better late than never. Now I’ve got to start hitting the range and training myself. A few more classes are in order.
Speaking of concealed carry, there was an incident not long ago here in Portland. Amren reported on it. A conservative activist was voicing his opinions during a black lies matter protest in downtown Portland. Apparently, some of the protesters started harassing him, and attacking him. At some point, he pulled his gun, and he got arrested. I wasn’t there, so I don’t know exactly what happened. A reporter claimed the man (Michael Strickland) had pointed the gun at him – but I don’t trust such reporters.
I’ve been thinking about this incident, and whether Strickland was justified in brandishing his weapon. If his claims are accurate, and he was being attacked by the mob, then he was in imminent danger and he was justified. But my thought on the matter is that it might have been a better idea to use pepper spray. Just because you’re licensed for concealed carry doesn’t mean you gun should be your first solution. If pepper spray will do the trick, then use that first. If things escalate, and lethal force must be used, then brandish your gun.
One of the handouts I got from the required handgun class deals with “Stand Your Ground.” It announces:
On March 29 2007, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that Oregonians have no “duty to retreat” when faced with a violent confrontation.
This is not to say that it’s always a good idea to “stand your ground,” but in certain situations, this would be the best option. For example, when your assailants may be able to outrun you and attack you from behind as you retreat, or when retreating might send a bad message. In Strickland’s case (according to his account), it would send a message of cowardice and weakness vis a vis the black lies matter movement.
I would have loved to have joined Strickland on that day, but I didn’t know about it, and it was probably a workday for me anyway.