Please join me in congratulating Mr Miller for pushing this caseso far, and thank you to all who have worked so hard to keep our rights in tact. While following this story I see a few points I would like to mention. First, we do not live in a Police State. Not yet. The police work for us and have taken an oath to "serve and protect". That oath does not include the words intimidate and dominere. A citizen carrying a weapon legally is not a criminal, and does not deserve to be treated as a criminal. I know a lot of officers read this forum, so I ask you the LEO to do a little soul searching and ask yourself the following questions.
Am I a good neighbor? Do people in the community respect me? (notice I did not say fear me) Do children willingly approach me? Are troubled teens willing to come and talk to me? When I approach peple on the street, do they smile or act afraid? If you answer negative to any of these simple questions, may I suggest a month of retraining by watching Andy Griffith, or another line of work. Since when should we be afraid of contact with the people we hire? And why do people we hire feel it is OK to harass law abiding citizens who pay theiir salary? When this happens to you, Please follow the lead of Mr Miller and so many before him. Take them to task. Exercise your rights. And never let the issue drop when you are told, "officer safety dictated they you be disarmed." This implies you are a danger to officers. This makes us all criminals if we are a danger to officers. I personally am sick of department management hiding behind "officer safety" to defend their illegal actions of disarming people. Allow me to rant one more time, Leagally armed citizens are NO danger to anyone, exect bad guys. Each time a LEO states that one of us was disarmed for officer safety, they place us in the same category as criminals.
My next point. Carry your weapon. (legally of course) It is your God given right as an American. Do not allow power hungry people to take that right from you. If we let them win, and each time any of our rights are lessened, we embarass our founding fathers and veterans who sacrificed so much for us.