Gun Laws, Violent Crime, and the Right to Protest

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By now everybody’s heard about the shooting in Arizona and the people who were killed or injured during the attack.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families during this awful time.

Just a quick mention here – very soon now there’s going to be a nationwide discussion about gun laws, who should have guns, who shouldn’t have them, etc.  This usually happens after an incident like this, so it’s really no surprise, or shouldn’t come as one when our rights as gun owners is questioned.  I just wanted to mention this as we go forward, so that we can all keep an eye on it.  More discussion to come in later posts…

What I’d really like to talk about today is the Westboro Baptist Church protesting at the nine-year-old girl’s funeral.  These are the people that protest at military funerals with signs and banners that say, “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “God hates fags” and all kinds of other hate.   First of all, my own personal opinion is that I hope the Hell’s Angel’s (bikers love to show up at these events and keep the protesters away from the grieving families) stop by and kick their collective asses up and down main street, however, that’s a visceral reaction to the situation.

I’ve seen videos of these church goers being interviewed and when confronted with the statement, “We’re going to stop you from protesting,” they always sneer back, “You’d take away our constitutional right to free speech?”

That’s a tough one, because at what point do we stop free speech?  As preppers and Americans it’s important that we have the right to say what we want, speaking out against the government, the economy, various agencies, and what have you.  There have been some people trying to say that what the church does is harassment, but through various legalities they’ve managed to successfully keep up their torrent of hate.

All you have to do is watch a couple of videos of these people and you’ll realize just how crazy they really are.  Examples:  Vid 1, Vid 2.  These are just a couple of random videos I picked up off Youtube and watch them or not, trust me when I say they’re crazy.  And they start brainwashing their kids young too, so they can grow up to be every bit as hateful as the parents.

But are they crazy like a fox?  They are undoubtedly one of the most hated churches/organizations in the USA today, but I can’t help but wonder what they’re getting out of it.  The woman representing the Phelps family (she’s one of the daughters) in both of these videos is a lawyer and you don’t get through law school by being stupid.  So what’s the catch?  Are they making some kind of crazy endorsements somewhere?  Are they doing this for the notoriety?  If we ban them from speaking do we force them to give up their constitutional rights?  Is it actually possible that they really believe the hate that they spew?

I don’t have any answers, but I’d sure love to hear what you think.  Reply below with any thoughts, views, concerns, or ideas. 

Thanks!

-Jarhead Survivor