Earlier I posted about the guy who showed up at Atlanta Airport with a fully loaded rifle to drop off his daughter, simply because he could. Clearly he was trying to cause a scene, given that he was photographing and videotaping his “excursion,” and even submitted it to a local news station.
As he explained it, “if you don’t exercise your rights, the government doesn’t have any hesitation taking them away.”
While I respect that approach in general, I’d argue:
- Exercising your rights in such an extreme way is more likely to get them taken away
- I’d counter “if you don’t exercise your rights then they’ll be taken away” with “what would happen if everyone did what this guy did?” — would you feel safe if everyone in the public area of an airport had a fully loaded rifle? I certainly wouldn’t…
What I hadn’t originally seen is that the guy with the rifle uploaded a video to YouTube of him walking out to the parking lot being “followed” by the police, which makes him look like a super-mega-ginormous jerk.
Here it is:
Funny enough he claims that the police is performing an “illegal act” and that they should “know the law.” For someone so well versed on the law (knowing that he can take a loaded rifle into an airport), he sure has a liberal interpretation of what’s otherwise “illegal.” According to him, monitoring a situation and ensuring everyone is safe is considered “harassment.”
And I also can’t help but laugh at the fact that this guy is all about free speech and exercising rights, yet he has disabled comments on the YouTube video he uploaded.
Personally I have to say kudos to all three officers in the video. They’re professional, calm, and don’t give in to this guy’s games. I hope he does “report” the officers to the Atlanta Police Department, as he says he will, so these officers can be commended.
(Tip of the hat to Chisness)