Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The "Who Said It" Game: WI Carry Or Solidarity Singers

It's a funny thing - perspective. Not satisfied with having achieved a concealed carry law and the castle doctrine ("stand your ground" in your house, yard or near your car), gun advocates want to pass a
"constitutional carry" bill in Wisconsin.

That generally means that you can carry your gun, concealed or not, with or without a permit - it's up to the owner. Proponents of constitutional carry claim the 2nd Amendment guarantees their right to carry a gun whenever and wherever they want, which no state law can abridge.

Okay...

The fuel to their fire in Wisconsin was five guys (members of Wisconsin Carry - so yes, it was a set-up) who walked into a Culver's in Madison wearing their firearms openly. Workers got afraid and called the police. Which is exactly what they hoped would happen. The police came, and in the end after the lawsuits were settled - the City of Madison paid $10,000 to the men.

[If the Siren might pause for a second to remark how perverse this little activity was - preying on the fear of fast food workers to make their point. There have been at least four major mass shootings in fast-food restaurants that rank among the most deadly in U.S. history. Cheers, assholes.]

At the same time are the daily arrests of the Solidarity Sing-Along group who have been singing during the lunch hour every day in the State Capitol building since March 2011.

The Walker administration and the Wisconsin DOA insist the singers need a permit to sing in the Capitol. The singers disagree.

TV stations and newspaper editors have insisted the permits are easy to get - as if the singers are learning disabled - a pro-Walker group even went so far as to obtain a permit from the DOA to sing love songs to the Governor.

The Solidarity Singers maintain that singing, like speech, is protected by the First Amendment and cannot be abridged by any state law.

Sounds familiar doesn't it? Unlike the fuckers scaring the Culver's staff on private property, arrests of the singers are ongoing each day in a public building and there is no five figure settlement in their future - in fact, the citations are costing them around $200 per ticket.

The really annoying part is the Wisconsin Carry group advocating for a "constitutional carry" bill is taken quite seriously by legislators and the media - the Solidarity Singers who think people should be able to sing in a publicly owned building without being arrested are treated like arrogant jokesters.

Last time the Siren checked, the First Amendment came before the Second Amendment in the Constitution.

So let's play a game. The Siren is going to print quotes from advocates from the Wisconsin Carry type people or quotes from the Solidarity Singers. See if you can tell which group said the quote:
  1. "So, if you’re a Wisconsin resident, and don’t want to be on a government watchlist simply for exercising your right (insert: to bear arms or free speech) without any government permission slip."
  2. "Think about it. You wouldn’t accept a Big Brother “Please-May-I?” permit system to exercise your freedom (insert: to bear arms or free speech)."
  3. "Like the right to freedom (insert: to bear arms or free speech) our right...was never intended to be subject to government regulation. This organization will demand that message stays alive."
Can you guess who made the quotes? Hint: they were all the gun people - but it would have been just as easy to imagine the same sentiments from our friends at the Solidarity Sing-Along.

The Siren bets if the Solidarity Singers were carrying firearms in the Capitol (which by the way is legal) they might not be so quick to haul them off to the pokey. Guns are okay - singing will not be tolerated. What a joke.