I need all of your input on something. I thought I had run into an isolated insident but recently I ran into the same wall. Alright, maybe a little back story is needed.
A few years back an old boss brought in a new business manager. He was a Marine recon sniper. He knew his guns, obviously, but his attitude toward civilian guns was really off. His view was that the military and law enforcement was the only ones worthy to be armed. He still worked in the firearm industry even though he was opposed to anyone being allowd to buy what he was selling.
Now, just this past week at church, I find another one. We have a Navy Special Warfare officer. Worked “with” the SEALS, been through Airborne school, deployed in the war and now is finishing his 20yrs out in the reserves. A man full of honor. Or so one would think. He’s one I just can’t get a bead on.
For someone with his background he should be confident, right. Well he’s been put in charge of teaching the young men at church. Shouldn’t be a big deal for an Anapolis grad with a bad to the bone background yet I see him asking the kids if he did a good job, looking for their approval, and genuinely sheepish about the answer. I don’t get that. I don’t get that at all.
The latest insident that made me shake my head…there’s a group of guys at church wanting their concealed permits. They see it as a way to be better prepared in a world that’s increasingly going down the tubes. Especially after the election and I’m glad to see some of the “sheeple” waking up and wanting to become sheepdogs. When our Navy man was asked if he wanted to be an addition to the CCW class we’re putting together. His reply was in the negetive but the most interesting part was HOW he said it. “With the things I know I don’t ever want to carry a weapon again.” His eyes betrayed him. I’m sure on his deployment he saw some nasty stuff. But it wasn’t the things he did, or saw, or anything else. It was the things he knew that made him not want to be around weapons. I’ve had this guy at the range. In trying to get one of the boy scouts we took shooting to have a decent stance….his for wasn’t just practiced it was perfect. He knows his stuff. But why would that push you away from what you do best?
It went further. He commented later that the guys at church that was in the little self defense group, he actually trusted to know martial arts, and would be the only ones he would trust with a weapon much less a CCW.
I have a problem with that. Everyone has the right to defend themselves and their family. I’ll be the first one to admit that there are some out there that need more training that others to just get away from being a danger to themselves and others with a firearm. But even they have a right to safety.
All of that aside, my big question is this, is there a growing trend in the military that is anti second amendment? Is there a growing culture within our warriors that sees themselves as the only one worthy of carrying or owning a weapon? Much like the Samari culture was. Only they were allowed to carry a sword. What makes a warrior fear his own weapons and make him want to keep others from them?