A lot of people seem to have ass pain over the civilians guarding military career centers. Sadly they seem to be more interested in ridiculing those people’s choice of weapon optic or holster than addressing the more important issues (or even being constructive). Quit looking so hard for something to ridicule. There’s important shit going on. Mad Duo
Civilians are standing guard at recruiting stations and the like. This has evoked applause, ridicule, a couple of arrests and one understandable warning by the Army to treat armed civilians as a potential threat. There are a number of issues here, the first (1) being of course that military personnel are prevented by DoD Directive AD A272 176 from exercising their Second Amendment rights (which they could easily do in a measured, objectively reasonable fashion if the military allowed them). We’ll address that more later. For today I’ll address three related issues (and I will unabashedly echo sentiments already made by Brad, Brian and Chris to do so).
(2) Lots of people on the net are trash-talking the people posting themselves as sentries in front of “remote” DoD duty stations like recruiting centers. The obvious goal is to protect the men and women serving there (the ones who are denied the right to self-protection civilian citizens enjoy). It’s a patriotic, heartfelt gesture on some people’s part. It’s stupid, selfish grandstanding on others. We’ll know which is which when the cameras stop rolling and they quit showing up. What troubles some of us at Breach-Bang-Clear is the amount of mockery and ridicule thrown at those folks.
Maybe they’re not wearing the best gear. Perhaps they don’t have the appropriate tactical du jour rifle accessories, but at least they’re fucking doing something. The amount of ridicule levied at these people by allegedly pro-gun, Second Amendment supporters is just sad. It is this sort of attitude, this embrace of any opportunity to mock someone, that perpetuates the endless, internecine tomfuckery plaguing the Second Amendment demographic (note we don’t say community). It’s ridiculous. If you’re one of those with a predisposition to point fingers and haw haw, you’re not fucking helping.
As an aside, if you’re an open carry proponent doing this you’re even more of a prick, but either way if you’re not addressing it with civil discourse you’re part of the problem. Of course, it can be hard to be civil when you’re dealing with window-lickers. That brings us to:
(3) Some people “standing guard over the troops” make little effort to comport themselves well or look presentable. Even worse, they do monumentally stoopid shit — like have an ND or walk into the building with an empty gun wrapped in a deflated basketball. Yesterday some dude cracked a round into the pavement at an Armed Forces Recruiting Station at the River Valley Mall in Lancaster, Ohio. One truly dedicated individual showed up dressed as a Knight Templar, because, you know, they scare Muslims.
This is important on several levels, particularly the ND. It makes #1 so damn difficult to resist. Who doesn’t want to fuck with a guy dressed like a medieval knight outside the recruiting station? The ND and actions like it are more significant because they provide ammunition (pun intended) to anti-gun people looking to cast gun-owners in a negative light.
Today on the The View, why the troops are in more danger from their fellow citizens than terrorists!
Here’s a message to those folks — your motives may be pure, but you’re not fucking helping.
(4) Weapon handling, training and common-sensical proficiency among the “carrying public” remains too often sub-par. There are three kinds of gun people: the ones who’ve done something stupid with their weapon but got away with it, the ones who did something stupid with an embarrassing or painful result, and the ones who’ve done neither yet. Some will say they always follow every rule of firearms safety and never do anything stupid. Those people are either part of an infinitesimally small part of the shooting population, or they’re full of shit. Very few of us have the amount of training needed. If you carry a gun every day and you’re not doing any more than the bare minimum to be legal, if you never go to the range but believe you can stand a post where you might get in a gunfight, then guess what — you’re not fucking helping.
Carry a gun. Carry two. But do it responsibly. I have the same issue with a civilian carrying a gun in public without proper training as I do with the cop who only goes to the range once a year and barely qualifies. Both are equally egregious.
The dude with the ND didn’t do anyone any favors. Can you imagine the outcry if he’d thrown and airball and hit old Aunt Pootie instead of putting one in the street? Misguided as it might be though, at least he’s doing something. That’s contradictory I know, but we should all be able to say the same, and we should do it in such a way that we’re not eating our own.
That will be a lot easier to do if we ease up on the ridicule and use direct, positive means to influence those who are making questionable (if well intentioned) choices. It will build a better sense of community, mitigate the damning stories and photo ops gun control activists might use against us, and who knows…maybe even evolve into a Good Thing, reminiscent of the Patriot Guard. Could be it saves a few people from Windex poisoning (or heat stroke in a suit of armor) along the way. We’ll see.
That’s it for today. Go forth and conquer.
Mad Duo David
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