One thousand weapons were…. wait. I mean 318 weapons were confiscated at the Twin Peaks shooting. I found that information on the Waco Police Department’s Facebook page. Yes, you read correct. They are not releasing any information to the public or the media, but at least their Facebook page tells me how many weapons were found. The weapons confiscated are as follows:
Wait, disregard that. I meant to say 457 weapons were found which includes 151 firearms and 12 long guns. “The weapons recovered include: knives, brass knuckles, batons, tomahawks, weighted weapons, a hatchet, stun guns, bats, clubs, a machete, a pipe, an ax, pepper spray, and a chain.”
Let me hurry up and finish this blog before the weapons count changes again.
Just like the amount of weapons vary, so does the amount of those involved at the Twin Peaks Shooting, but let’s say it is 177 arrested, 20 injured, and 9 killed. That amounts to a total of 206 people. Let’s assume the amount of weapons recovered is 457. That means that the average person carried 2.2 weapons on themselves. If it is 318, the average number of weapons is reduced to 1.5 weapons per person. That is very important.
On social media, press conferences by the Waco Police Department and/or Sgt. Swanton, the short list of people supporting the arrest of bikers that day, and even comments on my own Blog, people continue to focus on the amount of weapons as that automatically implies guilt. I call that the Copperfield Effect after magician David Copperfield.
Copperfield is an expert at slight of hand. While you are busy looking at his right hand, with his left hand he is making the object disappear. That is exactly what all those that are focusing on the amount of weapons confiscated are doing. “Hey, look over here at my right hand,” and with their left hand is where they bury the truth.
Whether I am riding or driving or at work, I have a firearm with me. On my recent cross country trip, I carried a firearm on me, while another was in my truck with Anny. At Wal-Mart I bought a cheap folding pocket knife in case I needed to cut anything while camping. I put that knife in my saddlebag and it is still there because I forgot to take it out. That means when I am riding I have a firearm and a knife, the same amount of weapons as those arrested in the Waco Massacre.
This doesn’t include the fact that if I know I am going to war with a “rival criminal biker gang,” I’m only showing up with a knife and a firearm. I’m no expert, but I think I would have brought with me a lot more firepower.
I have ridden with motorcycle clubs (mc), law enforcement motorcycle clubs (lemc), and independents; and it is safe to say almost everyone is carrying. This is Florida, we love our guns as much as Texans do, not to mention, legally we are allowed to carry with a concealed weapons license. I once organized a Safety Awareness Ride where 178 motorcycles, 9 cars, and one 18 wheeler participated. How many weapons is that?
In law school I was once told by a professor that if the law is not on your side, argue the facts. If the facts are not on your side, argue the law. Neither seems to be on the side of Waco officials, but they argue in part the facts since they only focus on the amount of weapons confiscated because there is one thing for sure, the law is not on their side.
For my next trick, watch all the Waco officials disappear!