Why can’t he be a jackass?

Apparently there’s a CHL instructor here in Texas that doesn’t want everyone’s business:

“If you are a socialist liberal and or voted for the current campaigner in chief, please do not take this class. You have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as under the law.”

The ad continues, going on to say,”If you are a non-Christian Arab or Muslim, I will not teach you the class with no shame; I am Crockett Keller, thank you and God bless America.”

Of course, a lot of people have their panties in a bunch over this.

What I’m wanting to understand is… why is this a problem?

Why can’t this man conduct himself as he wishes? Why can’t this man conduct his business as he wishes?

He’s not hurting anyone, he’s not depriving anyone of anything. There are lots of CHL Instructors in Texas (I’m one), so take your business elsewhere. That’s one of those wonderful little things we like to call “freedom” in this country. He’s free to act as he wishes, so long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. You’re free to not associate with him if you don’t like him and what he’s doing.

The thing is folks, if someone wishes to behave like a jackass, why should we stop them? They will reap what they sow; karma is real; how ever you want to look at it. You know the saying… “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt”? Well… when they open their mouth, at least then we know who the fools are and can (re)act accordingly.

As for DPS well… one can argue that being a DPS-certified Instructor, he reflects upon all CHL Instructors and DPS and the Texas CHL program. As the article notes, DPS is going to look into this. DPS has every right, authority, and responsibility to maintain the CHL program, and if revoking his instructor license is deemed proper, then so be it. Mr. Keller can still run his private business as he sees fit, but the state doesn’t have to associate nor condone it.

I don’t share Mr. Keller’s line of reasoning; I understand where he’s coming from, but I do not agree with him. Note, there are NRA/TSRA A-rated Democrats. As well, someone hell-bent on killing you isn’t going to seek a CHL. However, if we truly believe in freedom then yes, you need to let the man conduct himself as he is. He’s not hurting anyone, depriving anyone, abridging anyone (except perhaps himself). All he has is what some might call an unpopular opinion, and he’s willing to stand up for his beliefs. You “Freedom of Speech” lovers must remember that 1A is about protecting unpopular speech. As Evelyn Hall said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Do you believe in freedom? Or don’t you?

6 thoughts on “Why can’t he be a jackass?

    • I’ve got a longer diatribe about this sort of thing, but it’s one of those things that’s a bit… um… tender to talk about because it could be construed as politically incorrect and people missing the point because they focus on the wrong thing. It’s just touchy, so I need to find the right way to write about it. But eventually I will because well… freedom means allowing people to be jackasses, so long as their jackassery doesn’t hurt anyone (other than themselves).

  1. Not saying it’s right or wrong, but I believe the argument is that as an agent of the state, by specifically mentioning that he wouldn’t teach Muslims he violated federal discrimination laws

    • Yes. There are a few slices of the pie in here. In terms of this man holding his opinions? that’s one thing. In terms of how he runs his business? that’s another thing. In terms of how he represents himself as an agent of the State (TX CHL Instructor), that’s another thing.

  2. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Second Amendment contains no clauses excluding anyone because of race, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation or any other characteristic.

    Most of us in the gun rights movement figured out, back around 1994 (thanks Bill Clinton!) that in order to save our gun rights and re-normalize gun ownership in American culture, we had to do everything possible to make sure our real world public image and behavior didn’t reflect the cartoonish negative gun owner stereotypes the general public got from anti-gun political operatives and the mainstream media. The industry, NRA and grassroots activists like me doubled our efforts to reach out to all law abiding citizens, to teach them to shoot, educate them about guns and self defense, and bring them into the fold. We knew that the only way to gain ground in the gun rights “culture war” was to increase our numbers. It worked, which is why are winning now.

    My first reaction to Bubba J’s ad was: “thanks, asshole, for setting the gun rights cause back 20 years and making the rest of us look bad.” To quote Andrew Wilkow: “your right to be you includes my right to be free FROM you.” I expect the CHL community will, for the most part, vote him off the island.

    When the CHL program first started, DPS sent undercover officers to audit CHL classes, and I expect they still do that as needed, since they revoke a small number of instructor licenses each year for a variety of reasons.

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