When I was growing up in Mt Sterling, Kentucky, there was a tradition called October Court Day. Court Day is the third Monday in October, and it was when the rural folk would bring all sorts of their produce and hand-made goods to town for sale or trade. Having been away from the Bluegrass State since 1984, I hadn’t been to Court Day, Mt Sterling’s biggest day of the year, in well over 30 years.
And I’m somewhat disappointed to tell you that much of the eastern Kentucky rural feel of Court Day has vanished, and much of the celebration is now just an overgrown flea market. There was a bit more of the old fashioned feel at the Court Days in Preston, but, alas! I forgot my camera on Saturday.
However, if Mt Sterling Court Day — and it’s really the whole weekend, Saturday through Monday — has become too flea marketized, there’s one thing you can still buy there: firearms! Click on any photo to enlarge.
I bought both a bolt-action .22 rifle and a 20-gauge shotgun at Court Day, when I was in junior high school. No one thought anything about a 13 or 14-year-old boy walking back up Maysville Road, past both the elementary and high schools, in view of where the police station was at the time, with a long gun over his shoulder. More photos below the fold.
It appears as though the festival organizers segregated out the firearms sellers, keeping them all along a stretch of South Queen Street. That’s fine: the free buying and selling of weapons was not inhibited. Member’s of Mt Sterling’s small Police Department were working, and visible, not all of them patrolling the firearms sales area.
Were I a wild-eyed leftist, I’d have been shocked, shocked! that weapons were out in public display, and that people who had bought guns were walking along the public streets, visibly armed with both long guns and sidearms. But, in small-town Kentucky, nobody cared, nobody was worried that law-abiding citizens were somehow going to morph into mass killers and shoot down everyone around.
That is what the Second Amendment means, that the rights of law-abiding people should not be infringed just because there are some criminals out there. It ought to be a simple concept, perhaps too simple for the oh-so-sophisticated left to understand: criminals don’t obey the law, and they won’t obey gun control laws. All that the kind of gun control that Nancy Pelosi and her fellow travelers would like to see would do is to disarm the people who don’t break the law, take away rights for hunting and self-defense from the kind of people we want and need in our society.
One last photo, the building where I went to high school/