Updated: Now the NRA Bans Prohibits Guns

If you’re coming to Charlotte for the NRA Convention, don’t come carrying. The venue doesn’t permit licensed carry and is going to put patrons through metal detectors. I wouldn’t attend now if I was offered free tickets and dinner with Sarah Palin. You are, of course, free to give the NRA and Charlotte, N.C. a lot of money for the privilege of being disarmed.

When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred…
–Niccolo Machiavelli

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After I Used the Picture

I used an image in my last post of the headstone of Alan Dihn Lam. Later, I thought about him, who he was, how he died.

He liked Shakespeare, wrote for his high school newspaper, was talented at drawing. He went to Southern Alamance High School in Graham, N.C. and joined the Marine Corps shortly after graduating. He was the youngest of five siblings, and the only son. His father had bought him a car as a surprise and it was sitting in the family driveway waiting for Alan to come home when he died.

He was killed in a training exercise. A group of Marines were being familiarized with enemy weapons, and a RPG malfunctioned and exploded while he was firing it. Two other Marines were also killed, Chief Warrant Officer Robert William Channell Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Todd Arnold. A larger group of Marines were wounded by the explosion. Here’s a list of the names of the servicemembers lost in Iraq. As it has always been, America sends her best, and every loss is irreplaceable.

Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.
–Ned Dolan

Religious Symbols of Many Faiths

I went looking to see what sorts of religious symbols were available for military tombstones and found this link . It has pictures of everything from Wicca to atheist. Here’s the Buddhist one, hit the link to see them all. I really like the idea that a service member can self identify themselves as the religion of their choice and it will be represented for them on the stone that marks their grave. I have a sneaking suspicion that it is closer to the ideal of the Founders than the complete suppression of individual religious expression that is being promoted by the left in our country today.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
–the opening clause of the 1st Amendment

The Cross in the Mohave

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4, that a metal cross mounted to a rock can stay in the Mohave desert. I guess that’s a victory. It looks like so much discussion over nothing to me. The Constitution speaks of prohibiting the establishment of a state religion, not about what sort of symbolic gestures citizens can make. This cross was put up to honor those who died in World War One. It’s been there for 75 years. After one complaint, it’s a problem?

The four liberal judges say that any religious symbols on public land are Constitutionally wrong. They are all in Washington, D.C., aren’t they? They ought to take a short field trip across the river to Arlington National Cemetery. Want to discuss just exactly how many crosses there might be on federal land?

Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”
–The Book of Luke, Chapter 19, verse 40