Open Carry’s philosophy

The other day Phillip Hofmeister showed up at City Hall bearing his side arm. Not surprising, Hofmeister after all is the president of Michigan Open Carry. In his words, he claimed to be asserting state law. “This is not a matter of feelings,” he said. And it is not. It is actually a philosophical statement.

Bringing the gun to chambers is an assertion that rights are not secured except by force. Sounds good. But think carefully. If rights are secured by force, then they are also granted by superior force. The alternative is that rights are recognized by discourse.

Ironically, then, as the bearing of weapons necessarily denies the priority of discourse it renders even its “right” as something limited. Indeed the bearing of weapons and their denial of discourse means that all rights are rendered limited, made alienable by superior force of the State (or the local warlord, gun bearer or whatever).

The bearing of a weapon in chamber is — philosophically — a stated preference for autocracy over against free self-governance.

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