Hello everyone. I've only been lurking for a short time, primarily following Verita's story about being detained in Detroit for OC.
His story, and a number of others here, has gotten me to seriously consider OC'ing myself.
However, I have a major problem: I believe that if I have to ask permission to do something, then whatever act I am asking permission to do is not a right but a privilege.
Forgive me if this subject has been covered; I searched, but I did not find it specifically addressed.
Here in Michigan, as you all know, in order for me to lawfully purchase a handgun I must first receive permission from my local city police or county sheriff. I must submit to being treated as a criminal in-so-much as I have to be finger-printed and a background check must be performed. I am presumed guilty first.
How can I consider myself a free man under these terms? How can I view carrying a handgun as a "right" when I know that merely owning the handgun is a privilege?
Is it just me, or does anyone else have this hang-up?
I've discussed this elsewhere and I always receive the line about how it is a small price to pay in order to be able to efficiently defend one's self and his/her family, etc.
But is submitting and admitting that one must ask the state for permission to merely own a handgun a "small price" to pay? To me, it is a huge price!
To me, it is an infringement upon my inalienable right to keep and bear arms.
Am I alone?