Caleb Keeter Chooses Dangerous Tyranny Over Dangerous Liberty
Las Vegas Shooting, Mandalay Bay, Josh Abbot Band, Caleb Keeter, Gun Control
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A member of the Josh Abbott Band took to twitter to express his reaction to the Las Vegas Shooting. Caleb Keeter, his band mates, and members of his road crew were among the people that faced the terrible fire from a deranged man’s rifle.
It is perfectly understandable that Caleb Keeter would be shaken up, would experience an incredible amount of fear and anxiety. Yet what is not understandable is how this man chose to channel his fear to do an about face on the fundamental right to self-defense. This is exactly what this man did.
Before I get to his screed, which I will be dissecting, I want to say a few words about and to the gun grabbers, among whom they can now count Caleb Keeter as a member of their dangerous, gov-worshipping, sycophantic club.
I am treating gun grabbers like Nazis. And yes, even the so-called ‘common sense’ gun legislation people are being treated like gun grabbers. They’re the camel’s nose, but I’m treating them like the whole camel.
Many people in 1930s Germany would not have supported concentration camps, but they would support some ‘common sense’ laws to address the ‘Jewish Problem.’ This soft support gave more than enough ground for the concentration camps that came later. So too do the soft supporters of ‘common sense gun laws’ give ground for the eventual all-out effort by the ‘state’ to confiscate all guns.
To me, there is a special place in hell for the people who chose to use dead bodies as a soapbox to plead for gun confiscation and gun control while not also calling for the government to be likewise disarmed and managed. If you don’t trust your neighbors, but you trust goons with gov badges, you might be doing life wrong. Also, you’re a dangerous neighbor, a snitch in the making.
Caleb Keeter experienced one of the most difficult aspects of liberty, the chance that others might abuse that liberty and hurt innocent people as a result. He looked the danger of liberty in the eye and he chose to blink. He chose to run to the false security of an armed state lording it over unarmed people, ignoring the fact that a state which is empowered with such “liberty,” when it decides to go rogue, kills far more than 60 innocent people in a single event, it kills thousands, even millions.
To be fair, perhaps Caleb Keeter will rescind his comment, but, I doubt it. I will also say that I seriously doubt that someone who fundamentally understands the critical importance of maintaining the ability of self-defense (for all, not just for government people with magic badges and special licenses) would take such an about-face because they had experienced a threat to their life at the end of a gun.
Methinks Caleb Keeter might very well have been a gun rights supporter because that’s what the audience he was marketing to seemed to favor. But now, I suspect, he feels emboldened by his special status as gun victim to be able to say, gun control now.
But, let’s let this man’s cowardly words speak for themselves.
I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my entire life.
Until the events of last night, I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with CHL licenses, and legal firearms on the bus.
They were useless.
We couldn’t touch them for fear police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us. A small group (or one man) laid waste to a city with dedicated, fearless police officers desperately trying to help, because of access to an insane amount of fire power.
Enough is enough……
He pointed out that the guns these guys had were useless because his friends feared if they used them they might be shot by the police. Take that in, folks, these are the same people that he wants to assure are the only ones with guns, legally. Had there not been such an anti-gun environment, the police would not have believed that people shooting TOWARDS the shooter, and not at the people, were part of the massacre taking place.
As a matter of fact, if you research the shooting that took place in Texas in 1966, when a man went atop a clock towers and started sniping people, many people happen to have access to their rifles and used them to fire back, pinning the assailant down, saving who knows how many lives. They had no fear that the police would shoot them because there was no rabid anti-gun culture as there is today.
So what he has identified here is a problem, or a perceived problem, with how the state would react to his guys using guns to fight back. And his response is to advocate for these same police, the ones he feared would shoot them if they shot back, being able to go around and collect guns from me, my friends, my family, my neighbors.
THIS is why I give this man no quarter. THIS is why I give him NO benefit of the doubt. But this coward is not finished. He decides to pile on.
Writing my parents and the love of my life a goodbye last night and a living will because I felt like I wasn’t going to live through the night was enough for me to realize that this is completely and totally out of hand. These rounds were powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in a close proximity of a victim shot by this f#$*ing coward received shrapnel wounds.
We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.
When this man says “these rounds were powerful enough…..” this shows me this man is most likely not terribly knowledgeable about the 5.56 or .223 round. The round itself is small. It’s essentially a .22 caliber round. The power of the round comes through its speed, at over 3000 feet per second. As rifle calibers go, the .223 is hardly a heavy hitter. But anyone who knows even a modicum about guns would know that the .223 is plenty powerful enough that it will do serious damage not just to the target it initially hits, but potentially to others around that target.
This man appears to be advocating for banning the .223, which means he is for banning rifle calibers in general, because the .223 is on the low end of the scale in terms of rifle cartridge power. Now, if he wants to talk powerful rounds, he’s also going to have to also support banning many shotgun shells, including all buckshot and slug variations.
How do you go from being a 2nd amendment supporter to suddenly, abruptly, supporting banning, essentially all rifles and shotguns. And is he supporting banning rifles and shotguns that the government gets to use, or just for the people?
How do you think that’s going to work for you Caleb?
He concludes his anti-human, anti-liberty rant with this:
My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn’t realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it.
We are unbelievably fortunate to not be among the number of victims killed or seriously wounded by this maniac.
When you are in the heat of battle, you learn more about yourself and those in the battle with you. Caleb Keeter, unfortunately, found himself on the outer fringe of the danger of liberty. And yes, liberty is dangerous, make no mistake about it. When he was tested, he failed. As surely as a person fails in battle who abandons his or her friends to save their own skin, so too did Caleb Keeter fail in battle.
He is a coward, a government stool, a snitch waiting to turn his neighbors in, a useful idiot who came to the false belief that dangerous liberty was more threatening than dangerous tyranny. He chose the tyrant over the free person. He chose false security over the risk of being free.
I want to close this out by further addressing not just Caleb, but all the gun grabbers, especially the ‘law makers,’ and finally also addressing those who stand in resistance to this attempt to turn the blood in Las Vegas into the ink of a tyrant’s law.
I don’t care fig one who the shooter was. I don’t care to repeat this guy’s name. I don’t care what motivated him. I don’t care if he’s a Trump supporter or an anti-Trumper, a Muslim or a Christian. I don’t care because the shooter and whatever group he may have been affiliated with are not as much of a threat to me right now as the gun grabbers are.
Sending a powerful message to any idiot “lawmaker” that thinks they’ll have the backing to pass anti-human, anti-self-defense laws is essential. Sending a message to any gun grabber that their views are worthy of complete and total contempt and social ostracism is essential if you wish, as do, to let these useful idiots, as well as the power-mad leaders manipulating them, know that their anti-human, anti-liberty views are beyond the pale, beyond the bounds of civil discourse.
Over the next few months, a battle can be won or lost. For sure, even if the gun grabbers win, the war against coercive force isn’t over, by far. But it will cost more, in terms of real lives caught up in their dangerous net, if people who cares to make it a little easier to fight coercion don’t do all they can to send a message of power. This will not be tolerated. Your laws will force you to reveal what little real power you have.
Finally, let me close with this. So many of you among the gun grabbers, who are largely, but not completely, composed of liberals, liberals that advocate for a strong government because you somehow imagine that the government, this ‘democracy,’ is of the people, let me say this to you.
If Government is OF the people, then why are you seeking to disarm them? If you want to disarm people, and they ARE the government, then advocate for disarming everyone. The fact of the matter is that many liberals, thanks to Donald Trump, are now seeing what conservatives have seen for a while, that the government might not always be the most benign, and that if and when it is not, the final and ultimate check on it’s taking of more power is an armed populace.
Hopefully, more people from all political and anti-political persuasions will come to realize that we who wish not to be ruled by tyrants, who wish not to even give tyrants an opportunity to rise, have a common interest, preserve the fundamental right to self-defense, for all.
In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, all of the animals were called equal. But one day that changed. One day a new sign was hung, one that read, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” So too do the gun grabbers hang that sign, all people are equal, but some are more equal than others, especially the people that are on the payroll of the state. Caleb Keeter chose to take up that sign. Caleb Keeter chose to say, “all people are equal, but gov people are more equal.”
The dangers of liberty are but a shadow compared to the dangers of tyranny, which loom large over a bloody history littered with the dead bodies of hundreds of millions of people.