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‘Of all the vehicles I’ve loved before…’

The lovely Tamara had a recent post regarding personal vehicles, with political stickers there-a-fixed.  The consensus among correct-thinking-folks is to maintain a low profile.  No longer is a pro-gun, gun rights or even a libertarian rear plaque or bumper sticker deemed appropriate.

At the very least it’s considered non-tacticool.  Don’t want to alert potential auto-burglars of the Glock possibly stuffed under the seat in our absence!  (One of the Bob’s had one stolen outside a coffee shop in broad daylight!)

In my callow youth, I owned a number of nondescript cars, mostly with libertarian bumper stickers attached.  Never had a problem.  One did read ‘Question Authority‘.  Never had a problem during traffic stops for not current registration.

But, as the 90s appeared, and political clouds foretold of personal liberties being trashed (the Clinton Assault Weapon Ban, for example), I opted to be less visible.  Not concerned with the bad guys (criminals) as much as the bad guys (government).  And I attached fewer stickers.

After the accident, I acquired my dream vehicle – a 1989 Isuzu Trooper.  Molly and I had been looking at them, as the ‘gee, perhaps one day’ car to take us to the desert to shoot.  She never got to see her, but she paid for her.

She was christened Molly’s Trolley with a dash placard.  And once my time payment Life Membership to the NRA was paid off, I affixed an appropriate sticker on the driver’s wing window.  Remember those – wing windows?

But no other defilement was allowed.  Low profile, in a silver 4×4 with a cammie spare tire cover.  Yeah right.  And many trips were made to the desert, and to friends in New River.  And other places.


My youthful dreams of joking magnetic door signs reading ‘ANFO Distributing‘ never happened.  And I never even considered the ubiquitous gun show sale bumper sticker, ‘Vote From The Rooftops‘.

I did see (once, during the Nixon years) a sticker on another car reading, ‘Where is Lee Harvey Oswald When You Need Him?

I don’t think that would fly, today.  No one remembers who he was.

h/t Siddhartha, Tam

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


10 thoughts on “‘Of all the vehicles I’ve loved before…’

  1. I wouldn’t say nobody remembers LHO, but since The Right People are currently in office, it’s not quite as cool to do so.

    As for the rest … yeah, I’ve gone low profile, too. Of course, it was easier to remove a bumper sticker from chromed steel than from fiberglass, and that has something to do with it, too.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | April 29, 2013, 9:13 am
  2. I remember naively driving through Arkansas in the 1990’s with several anti-Clinton stickers on the back of my out-of-state-tagged truck one holiday week-end. That didn’t go well for me when I passed two small-town cops who apparently had a fair bit of Arkansas pride and no problem at all inviting me to either pay an outrageous fine on the spot (in cash, yet) for a dubious traffic infraction or stick around as a guest of the county to see the magistrate on the next business day three days off.

    Posted by Murphy's Law | April 29, 2013, 12:18 pm
  3. Three stickers on mine. Two obvious; NRA and “Freedom Isn’t Free” Ribbon. The third is a blue dog silhouette. Few people connect that with Blue Dog Democrat.

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | April 29, 2013, 4:26 pm
  4. Low key here too…

    Posted by Old NFO | April 29, 2013, 5:46 pm
  5. No polarizing stickers for me either.
    Lo pro is the way to go…

    Posted by KM | April 29, 2013, 8:29 pm
  6. I still haven’t found my Trooper or Rodeo just yet and when I do it will be sticker free. I drove a Volvo for years up and down the coast and noticed that when I didn’t have stickers on my car I was pulled over less or my car was less likely to be searched while going through customs. Legend has it that the state of Kalifornia considers it probable cause to search your vehicle if you have Grateful Dead stickers on your vehicle, imagine that could apply to pro 2A stickers as well. Libertarians just want to be left alone and they won’t leave you alone if you go around proclaiming the need to “vote from the rooftops”.

    Posted by siddharthaipriest | April 30, 2013, 4:22 am

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