Imagine, you’re out for a nice day of shopping and you see an 18-year-old kid. He’s walking casually. No alarms go off…he’s not wearing a hoodie or anything. Then you catch a glimpse of his back and you see it, in plain sight, an M-1 rifle. How would you respond?
Oh, did I forget to mention that the kid is white? Would you feel frightened? Would you even feel the need to “stand your ground?” I would imagine that you could successfully make the argument that an M-1 rifle is more threatening than a hoodie, Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea (even combined). But that would mean that you weren’t a guns-are-more-important-than-people advocate.
Birmingham, MI has a new martyr. His name is Sean Combs (no relation to the much darker skinned millionaire). He is 18-years-old and he received a gun for his birthday – a big gun – an M-1 rifle, to be exact. Like a lot of people with shiny new presents, he wanted to show it off. Instead of inviting people to his house or to go hunting, Combs decided to take a walk through downtown Birmingham, with the rifle, fully loaded with a round in the chamber, strapped to his back.
The police, who presumably don’t yet take orders directly from the National Rifle Association, stopped Combs and asked whether he had a permit for the gun, which I guess is an out-of-bounds question, unless the person carrying the gun is wearing a hoodie and a permanent tan. Combs allegedly refused to identify himself and he was allegedly uncooperative. He’s now facing three misdemeanor charges, brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police, and disturbing the peace. Each charge is punishable by up to 93 days in jail, but I’m sure when he flashes his pearly whites, he’ll get a much lighter sentence.
Taking their cue, I guess, from the hoodie marches in memory of Trayvon Martin (you remember, the teenager that according to the right, “deserved” to be slain in cold blood, because, you got it, guns-are-more-important-than-people), supporters of Combs have taken to the streets, wearing rifles.
The whole thing is going to court. I wonder if as many people will donate to his defense fund as have donated to the defense of George Zimmerman, the man who killed Trayvon Martin?