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Friday, April 9, 2010

Thoughts on the 19 April Rules of Non-Engagement

Mike sets the stage; go read if you haven't already.

Some additional grace notes:

1) The Elephant: Look -- no one wants to get shot, and no one wants to have a non-functioning rifle (even temporarily) if there is a likelihood of being shot.

There are Bad People in the world.

Some of those Bad People wants Bad Things to happen to citizens who have the temerity to openly, publicly, and legally exercise basic human rights in public.

So yes, it is possible that Bad People -- of whatever persuasion -- could do Bad Things on April 19th.

But do you remember this picture?

Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, May 4, 1970.

67 rounds fired from the Ohio National Guard's Garands.

13 seconds.

4 students dead.

9 students wounded.

No NatGuard casualties.

Ask somebody who was around forty years ago about the effect that the Kent State shootings had on American politics of the day.

Then ask them what would have been different about those consequences if there had been a return volley from the Kent State students that day.

Without question, the world-changing propaganda coup handed to the anti-war forces that day by the Ohio Guardsmen would not have occurred.

Transition now to modern day.

I will be using a chamber flag on April 19th.

My rifle will be unloaded and slung, with its muzzle pointed at the ground.

My sidearm will be in its holster.

Every time one of the state security agents look at me through their camera lenses and through their riflescopes, that chamber flag will be in place, showing the world that my rifle is slung and unloaded with a demonstrably empty chamber.

I want the British, Swiss, and Russian television crews who will be covering the April 19th events to show their viewers that chamber flag, as well.

If a Bad Person -- no matter of what affiliation -- should take a shot at me, I want them to be shooting at a permitted human-rights demonstrator who is legally carrying a sidearm and a slung, demonstrably unloaded rifle.

If that shot should hit me, I want my freedom-loving brothers and sisters to use their digital still and video cameras to record that my pistol was still in its holster and my rifle was slung and unloaded when I was shot.

And I want those stills and that video to be on the 'Net -- and beyond the reach of the American state security forces -- within minutes of the shooting.

Those memory chips with those photos and vids will be the most important pieces of storage media on the face of the earth on April 19th.

And they will change the world -- just as the Kent State photos did forty years before.

That's why I will be using a chamber flag on April 19th.

And that's why I urge you to do the same.

2) Common decency: There is an even simpler reason to use a chamber flag on 19 April at the RTC event:

The organizers have asked you to do so.

If you want to hold your own freedom event with your own set of ROEs, you are perfectly welcome to do so.

But at this event -- our event -- civilized men and women will abide by the rules of non-engagement agreed amongst the planners.

Nothing more.

And nothing less.

3) Basic Weapons Handling Skills: Is it even possible that someone's basic weapons handling skills could be so deficient that they could not clear their rifle of the chamber flag and proceed if they were legally, morally, and factually justified to do so?

Sadly, I guess it is possible.

For anyone in that category, I suggest some basic weapons familiarization skill drills this weekend and next.

See you on April 19th on the banks of the Potomac -- armed or unarmed.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Slightly before my time, but as I think about it, Kent State is a "Fort Sumter" moment that ceded the moral high ground to the left on the subject of the Vietnam war and probably in other areas too.

Personally, I'm not interested in giving or receiving a Fort Sumter. But the unmistakeable message here is this; We're done retreating.

III to get ready . . .

April 9, 2010 at 3:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck on your demonstration & I hope you guys all have a great time :-)

Where are the guys who aren't eunuchs suppose to go ???

Don K

April 9, 2010 at 5:05 AM  
Anonymous Justin said...

By all means, chamber flags, for all the mentioned reasons.

One question though-

Which response to state instigated violence made the bigger impact-

Kent State or Lexington Green?

Just wondering.


April 9, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

Don K:

You asked:

Where are the guys who aren't eunuchs suppose to go ???

Up your ass.

There should be plenty of room there.

You let us know when your assault on the ramparts begins.

That is, if your Mom will let you go.

April 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous J. Croft said...

I'd bring extra chamber flags for those that don't have them.

If something happens I'd have trauma kits... but I'm certain you've thought of that.

Have extra water and high energy food bars as well.

I'm looking at Ft. Hunt right now on Google... you're kinda backed into a corner there. If something does go south you'd have to scatter and go through the neighborhoods after a breakout, or have boats ready for a river crossing.

Well, there is that thick jagged patch of woods by the river, with clear fire zones-just have to watch the west, that will be hard to manage, and keep a watch on a perimeter on the George Washington parkway/shoreline.

The west side of the park looks like the best bet for a breakout.

Still, hoping for the best, will pray for you all.

April 9, 2010 at 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Concerned American:

I withdraw the comment - sorry, I was having a bad day. Guess I was just pissed at living in a straight-jacket like the rest of us & took it out on the wrong side.

Good luck on the demonstration, I can't make it, but I'll be rooting for you.

Don K

April 10, 2010 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

Don K:

That was a gentlemanly thing to do. I too withdraw my comment.

Thank you for your prayers, and keep praying.


April 10, 2010 at 2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I won't be there for a multitude of reasons, one of which is that I really do not understand the point of having a rally where people carry guns around where the guns are guaranteed to be not loaded.

You might as well carry water pistols. It's a joke.

An unloaded gun isn't anything except a hunk of metal. The only point that means anything that can come out of this is that loaded firearms in the public sphere are not automatically murderous baby-killers from which everyone must cower in fear. If you're ceding that ground right off the bat, there's no point in having the argument at all.

April 10, 2010 at 4:52 AM  
Blogger Federale said...

Sad to see that supporters of gun rights are now supporting hippie communist traitors. You seem to forget that Americans were dying on the field of honor fighting communism when your hippie friends were seeking to overthrow the Constitution. Bill Ayers, Alger Hiss, and Huey Newton would love you.

April 10, 2010 at 5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll have a chamber flag and I kindly ask, but do not demand, that others do the same.

This is just a small piece of plastic that can quickly be removed, if need be. Yes, there are pros and there are cons.

But, if, God forbid, there are shots fired, the first shot will not and can not be from someone who is going by all of the recommended guidelines. The flags will make it nearly impossible for US to be painted as firing the first shot, i.e., committing a Ft. Sumpter.

This is infinitely more important that the 1/2 second or so it takes to remove the flag.

And the pistols are already LOADED!

April 10, 2010 at 5:33 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...


So because brave men were still fighting Communists in a war that the SecDef had decided five years earlier could not be won without jeopardizing the President's socialist domestic policies (read the Pentagon Papers), that fact justified the ONG in murdering and maiming unarmed young people?

You are a filthy maggot.

The subsequent abandonment of our anti-Communist allies in SE Asia, resulting in the Communist victories of 1975, can be laid largely at the trigger fingers of the ONG at Kent State, whose illegal and homicidal actions were assigned to and discredited all American anti-Communists.

Nice work, fellas.

I am sure the millions of human beings murdered and maimed in Cambodia, Laos, and SVN by the victorious Communists are eternally grateful to the ONG and their brave stand for freedom at Kent State.

April 10, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Concerned American,
Your reply to Federale was very well stated. Thank you for setting that part of the record straight.

When those sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution fired and unarmed civilians they lost all credibility. Just a bunch of mindless goons with guns furnished by the state and your tax dollars.


April 10, 2010 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Federale said...

Concerned American? What a laugh. No, Johnson only went to war in Vietnam because he was afraid of the political consequences of a loss of the war. He did not want to win and fought the war accordingly. Robert McNamara didn't even want to fight, much less win. Very interesting that a so-called "concerned Americans" is spouting the Communist Party line on Vietnam. You are either an ATFE provocateur, a Red, or a moron. With people like you in the gun rigths movement, we don't need any enemies.

April 10, 2010 at 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Federale,

You can try to minimize your fellow Americans by calling them "hippie, commie, traitors" but the fact remains they had as much right to speak and demonstrate against the war as you have to blindly follow the orders of the elite hucksters, like Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara and Bill Moyers (all of them liars).

It is also a fact that firing upon un-armed civilians is and should be a crime.



April 11, 2010 at 1:30 AM  

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