“Remember the first rule of gunfighting… ‘have a gun’.” ~Jeff Cooper founder, the American Pistol Institute
The opening paragraph of the Portsmouth Herald Editorial reads, “A Portsmouth police detective was recently lauded for defusing a July 4 incident in which Stawbery Banke Museum officials asked a couple openly carrying pistols to leave a ceremony attended by the governor and a retired U.S. Supreme Court judge.”
I read the whole editorial and failed to see any, “incident” requiring police intervention. “Stawbery Banke Museum officials asked a couple openly carrying pistols to leave a ceremony attended by the governor and a retired U.S. Supreme Court judge.” States the editorial So what was the incident?
And then the Herald demagogues with an outright misdirection: “Praise cannot be offered to the New Hampshire lawmakers who legislated the right for citizens to openly carry guns. They are not alone, for the record, as only six states and the District of Columbia fully prohibit the open carry of handguns.
The pandering Hoplophobes over at the Portsmouth Herald have failed to recognize that the Granite State has always been an “open carry” state, thus there has been no need for lawmakers to legislate for that. Licenses to carry pistols and revolvers in New Hampshire have been on the books for 86 years. Many New Hampshire citizens have carried guns, whether openly or concealed for as long. The only thing that has changed is the delicate sensibilities bringing with it the requisite sissification and pandering of Granite Staters who fancy themselves smarter than most. The unnamed Strawbery Banke Museum officals are just such sissies and panderers. The lack the spine and the courage to post a “No Guns Allowed” sign and then call on the Police to intervene where no laws have been broken.
This is mere Hoplophobia. A holstered firearm on the hip of an individual is a lawful activity. The alleged panic caused by such an activity is the problem of the individual hoplophobe and not the person. To host an event billed to the public and then to turn around and exclude an open carrier on the basis of, “private property” is merely political. Political because a person is embracing power based on an unreasonable fear of guns. There is all kinds of counseling and therapy available for unreasonable fears.
And as for the elitist anti-gun editorial staff at the Portsmouth Herald, you all need to get over yourselves. I think your anti-gun campaign is failing. The fact that all but about six states have expanded the rights of citizens and firearms should give you some indication as to the merits of your fears. But it does not.
I see no point in putting forth arguments to counter the Herald. The arguments and debates have not changed, nor will the opinions and views of the Editorial staff. To do so wastes time energy and ink. The most cogent argument isn’t going to change their minds, The laws, traditions and viewpoints of Granite State gun owners and advocates still win the day and that is what matters when hoplophobes run out of hot air and pablum. If the leftist Hoplophobes at the Herald don’t like guns, that is a personal problem where time medication and counseling is an oft-suggested cure for such ills.
As for Strawbery Banke? They can kiss my ass. I will never visit ever again…and any board I now sit on or will sit on that sends them funding, I will always be a “no” vote for that foundation. So, how many gun owners might have made donations to Strawbery Banke? It would be interesting to know. I plan to write to Strawbery Banke and share my opinion with its governing board. Enough said.