Because I Can


Facebook can be more than just cat videos. A friend of mine and I have been having a debate about police abuse in the Black Community. He sent me the following video. Watch it and I’ll have something to say afterwards.

Open Carry- Black vs. White

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Posted by Disturb Reality on Friday, 15 May 2015

"Because I can."
“Because I can.”

On May 18th, 1992 rioting broke out in Las Vegas in reaction to the beating of Rodney King. At the time I was in a Laundromat and saw that  the news was reporting violence just down the street. Being a Desert Storm Veteran, I instinctively reached for the M-16 I had carried for six months. It wasn’t there. I rectified that problem the next day and purchased an AR-15. For peace of mind and protection. It complemented my .357 magnum quite well.
Fast forward a month and I found myself on a “Gun Date”. At the time you could fire weapons in the desert just North of Hollywood and Lake Mead. Nothing is sexier than a big black gun and I was giving my date a chance to learn how to shoot and have the experience of firing the AR-15. While we were shooting, I noticed that a Metro Police cruiser rolled by us on Lake Mead Blvd. I thought, “Good the Cops are here.” The area was uncontrolled and tended to have “Wild West” moments as one group would shoot one way and another would shoot that way and actual gunfights had broken out.
Then Metro came cruising back the other way. I thought that was odd. We continued to shoot. The police came back a third time and I said  the date was over and pack up. I was driving a Datsun 280Z at the time that made complying with gun laws complicated. To transport a weapon, the weapon and the ammunition had to be physically separated. I broke down the weapon to easily show that it was unloaded and safe on the deck in the back, and then put the ammo can on the passenger floor.
When I pulled out of the dirt and on to Lake Mead Blvd., Metro was right behind me. Okay, fine, I am not doing anything illegal. As I turned off of Lake Mead to Hood to take my date home, Metro followed me and once on a side street he flashed his lights and gave me a squirt of his siren. I told my date, “Here we go, do not anything but exactly what the officer says.”
The officer came out of his car with weapon drawn screaming “KEEP YOUR HANDS ON THE STEERING WHEEL,” I said in a loud voice, “I HAVE WEAPONS IN THE VEHICLE. THEY ARE SAFED.” The Cop screamed back, “I KNOW THAT GOD DAMN IT.” as he advanced on me with weapon drawn. He told us to get out of the car and in short order we were frisked and bent over the hood of the cruiser. He asked for my registration and proof of insurance and I took my hands off the hood and turned saying, “I’ll go get them.” He slammed me onto the hood of the cruiser and cuffed me and my date.

“Where are they, I’ll get them”.

“In the glove compartment.”


He went to my car. My date muttered under her breath, “Fucking Cops.” I told her to shut the fuck up. When he found my weapons he took the cuffs off and ran my serial numbers. He was visibly nervous and asked me if I’d ever been arrested.
“You look familiar.”
“Yes Officer Rodriguez. Do you remember last week making that kid give back a bike he stole ?”
“Yes, how do you know about that?”
“I was the PR (Person Reporting) that day. You did a good job then and you’re doing a great job today.”
He relaxed.
“Do you have any questions?”
“Yes, why did you stop me?”
“I ran your plates and the registration date and the expiration date was the same day. It’s an obvious computer glitch.”
“If it was a computer glitch, why did you stop me?”
“Honestly, the Rodney King verdict is coming out and we were briefed at stand up to be on the alert for high powered weapons. Can I ask you a question?”
“Why do you own an AR-15?”
I said, “The Air Force taught me how to shoot it and clean it. It’s cheap to shoot and because the Constitution says I can.”
“Fair enough. Have a Nice Day.”
And he left.

The video shows two ways the police react to seeing weapons. I was subjected to the second method with weapons drawn and a nervous Cop. The folks filming were on a mission to bait the Cops to get a reaction. Read about Open Carry Laws here. Go back and watch the video again. White Guy has his weapon slung over his shoulder.  Black Guy has is weapon slung a “low ready” position.  Much more threatening than White Guy.  The average viewer will not notice this.  Veterans will notice this glaring difference and be sure the police definitely will.   The White Guy is carrying the weapon in a safe manner. Black Guy is not.   This is a bad move. It reminds me of a “X Files” episode called “The Red Museum” . There’s a scene where Scully confronts a mob saying, “You can’t be walking down a public street with a shotgun”. Liberal writers. The Bill of Rights specifically says you can. The police have a difficult job and I think they don’t get paid enough. They make decisions in difficult situations every day and are scrutinized and criticized on everything they do. It’s Damned if they do and Damned if they don’t.

Today we have folks actively hunting the Police and intentionally provoking them. Al Sharpton and the like deplore the death of another Black Baby by a White, racist Cop. A white, racist cop no matter if he’s Black, White, Hispanic or even a Female (Baltimore?).

Stop breaking laws, co-operate with the Police and you won’t be killed. Simple as that.

Oh No! They’ve Got a Gun

Back when I was managing a Radio Shack, my employee came up to me all excited.  “That guy has a gun”, she says all out of breath.  I see that he’s sporting a .308 semi-automatic on his hip.  “What does he want?, I ask her.

“A cell phone.”

“Great! Sell him one.”

Recently I noticed a gentleman packing while shopping in Albertson’s grocery and there was a man with a 9 mm in front of me at Wal Mart.

No big deal.

Law Enforcement is a thankless job and I respect those who saddle up each day to serve and protect us all. But they’re people just like us.  Let’s play a little Good Cop, Bad Cop.

Here are some other folks walking around armed.

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I guess that went well.  Here is one that was better.

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Officer Jim was pretty cool.  But he was also armed to the teeth.  The exact reason why the Second Amendment exists to have you armed to an equal level to prevent a Police State.

The next video was made by a group that was out to protect some animals allegedly being shot by the gun club.  The responding officer is talking out of the side of his lip and is owned by the lawyer filming him.  You can bet this officer is armed to the teeth while he confronted these women “armed” with a video camera.

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So can a police officer arrest you if you do not surrender your identification?  READ THIS.

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Sec. 38.02. FAILURE TO IDENTIFY. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information.
Notice the officer walks away. Texas law is explicit. You have to be arrested on probable cause that you have committed a crime before police can demand you produce identification. You can be detained for questioning but detention is not arrest. If one of the questions asked is “Who are you?” you are well within your rights in Texas to refuse to answer.

Even after arrest you have the right to remain silent so the officer in this video had no other thing to do but walk away.

Any attempt of a police officer to interpret law and threaten you with arrest to force you to comply with any action that deprives you of your rights under the Constitution is “Oppression Under the Color of Badge (or Law or Office depending on the State) and can themselves be arrested.


I’m a big fan of the X-Files and in one of the episodes Fox and Scully confront a crowd of people and Scully says “You can’t be walking around in public with a shotgun.”  I always think that is one big blooper because you can walk around armed in public.


I was on a “gun date” up on Lake Mead Blvd.  We were hosing some cans and bottles with my AR-15 when I noticed Metro cruise by.  I thought to myself  “Good”.

Then he drove by a second time and a third.  I told the lady that the date was over and packed up.  I was driving a Datsun 280Z back then so I broke the weapon open and placed it  without a magazine in the back.  I then puto the ammo up front on the passenger side floor.

When I came out of the dirt and back on to Lake Mead there was Metro behind me.  When I turned off of the main drag to go home he flashed his lights and siren.  I pulled over.

The officer came out with his weapon drawn.  In a loud clear voice I said, “I have a weapon in the trunk. My hand are on the steering wheel.”

“I know that God Dammit!” he yelled back.

In short order we were bent over with our hands on the hood of the cruiser.  The officer retrieved my insurance card and registration from my car himself.

It went like this:

“Ever been arrested?

“No sir”

“You look familiar”.

“Yes sir.  Do you remember making a kid give back a bike he stole yesterday?”


“I was the PR yesterday. You did a good job yesterday and you’re doing to good job today”

He then ran the serial numbers on my weapons. I had a 357 pistol as well.  When the came back clean the officer lightened up a little.

I asked him why he pulled me over and he said he’d run my plates and the registration date and expiration date was the same day.

“Obviously a computer error,” he said.

So I asked, “If it was an obvious error why did you pull me over?”

He said, “The Rodney King verdict will be out soon and we were briefed at stand up to look for people with high powered weapons.”

“Can I ask you a question?, he said.  “Why do you own a AR-15?’

I said, “Three reasons.  One, the Air Force taught me how to shoot one. Two, the ammo is cheap to shoot and three, because the Constitution says I can”.

“Sounds good to me”, he said and we went our separate ways.


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