Here’s a video of an armed government worker drawing his gun on a man who is legally walking down the streets open carrying. The armed government worker detains the man, who asks why given he hasn’t done anything illegal. The armed government worker tells him that “people have called” and expressed “concern.” The man states that he doesn’t especially care about the feelings of random strangers but only whether he has broken the law – which ought to be the only thing the armed government worker cares about as well.
Instead – even after conceding the man hasn’t broken any law – the armed government worker continues to demand ID and forcibly detains the man, arguing with him that he is somehow obliged to submit to an ID check because people have called in to express “concern” about his legal activity.
Does this mean we are subject to being detained and compelled to produce ID whenever “someone calls” and expresses “concern”? Apparently so. The scene depicted in this video is not exceptional. Such scenes are routine. The “someone called” and expressed “concern” trump the law – have become another way for armed government workers to harass people absent any legal cause.
Imagine if the tables were turned. If a citizen interfered with an armed government worker, got in his face, made unlawful demands. What do you suppose the result would be?
Hey, the Fourth of July is not far away. Are you getting ready to celebrate your “freedoms”?
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