Retired Air National Guard veteran Tom Young has an excellent essay on the subject of gun advocates and questions why they choose to “defend freedom” in a coffee shop versus signing up for a combat zone:
There are those in the open carry movement who have spent time in the military, and I thank them for their service. But there are others who need to realize that bringing a Glock into Starbucks doesn’t make you a freedom fighter.
So, if you want to carry a weapon and wear tactical clothing, here’s an idea: Go see a recruiter. The weapons and cool clothes are free.
You might find serving a challenge, though. It’ll take more commitment than shooting a few holes in a paper target whenever you feel like it. It’ll take more time than slapping a “Don’t Tread on Me” sticker on your windshield.
You’ll take an oath to follow lawful orders and defend the Constitution. All of it, not just the parts you like.
And you won’t get to intimidate other Americans; you might have to face real enemies.
Read the entire essay here. Good points made by a veteran who fought for the freedoms some gun advocates pretend they are defending.