The Right to Bear Laptops
From behind his shrapnel pitted monitor, Rob Port, a Pajamas Media blogger commented on the 'cowardice' of the Northern Illinois University students that were present during last Thursday's shooting tragedy:
In a recent post about the campus shooting at Northern Illinois University one reader, who lives near the campus, posted this:I am discouraged that no one took their books, laptops, anything and just threw it at the guy, no one fought back. It’s that passivity that troubles me.
That’s a great point. It seems that far too often modern Americans have an instinct to cower or run away when threatened instead of fighting back.
In the spirit of the show Myth Busters we decided to test the 'school supplies vs. gun theory'. At OYE's Headquarters we tracked down a Playstation 2 and the game Grand Theft Auto. Having completed the game years earlier, we were familiar with which characters were short tempered and armed. Since school supplies were not an optional weapon for us to use we chose the closest match: a stolen Police batton. . . . . . . .our character, Carl Johnson, went right to work. We followed a known thug up the block and, unlike the slain NIU students, we used the element of surprise. Carl pulled out the batton and administered a 'wood shampoo' to the gang banger's head. The banger turned and unloaded his glock into Carl's midsection. Game over. After 4 more attempts we concluded that Mr. Port's approved theory is a bust.
OYE Comment: It would seem that Mr. Port would not be relevant to OYE since he didn't make mention of being for The War he's unwilling to serve in. However, a little research revealed comments like "Its unfortunate that any soldiers have to die in order to defend the world from terrorism, but lets keep these death counts in perspective." As well as countless other times he spoke of his 'support' of war just as long he remains a distant spectator.
In a post responding to an OYE E-mail, Mr. Port was candid in not serving Our Country in uniform: "No, I have not served in the military. No, I’m not in the ROTC or any sort of military training program. No, I have no plans to sign up with the military at any point in the future. No, I’m not particularly ashamed or troubled by any of this."
You gotta give it to him. There is at least a little courage involved in basically saying "I'm for The War just as long as other people actually fight in it". And who knows? Maybe Mr. Port does possess the brevado he alluded to. Perhaps if he had a little encouragement Rob will decide to Be A Man! Enlist!
H/T: Sadly, No!