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  •  Here's what I worry about... (8+ / 0-)

    Consider this: A gun-toting individual is tackled by one or more non-gun-toting individuals, who suspect the gun-toting individual is up to no good. One or more people are shot or otherwise injured in the ensuing scuffle.

    Who gets arrested?

    With people carrying guns in public, how are the rest of us supposed to know whether they're just "exercising their 2nd amendment right" or if they're about to go on a rampage? If I see someone who does not appear to be in law enforcement walking around the street carrying a weapon, I'm definitely calling the police. How are the police supposed to react?

    •  This is already happening... (4+ / 0-)

      A couple weeks ago, some guy in Oregon was walking down the street with a big gun strapped to his back... what is this? Somalia?

      The cops were called, couldn't do anything...

      If nothing else, it just ties up resources. But what does it say about our society if all it takes is 1 misunderstanding to unleash a holy hell that kills a lot of people?

      If I came into contact with one of these people, I'm not sure what I'd do. At the very least, I'd head the other direction. To that point, I hope we can at least get business on the side of sanity - these people are horrible for retail businesses.

      Freedom isn't free. So quit whining and pay your taxes.

      by walk2live on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:57:00 AM PST

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      •  In Connecticut, just after 12/14 (6+ / 0-)

        police were called when someone reported a man walking past a Connecticut commuter rail station, carrying what appeared to be a rifle strapped to his back.

        The railway station and the local schools were immediately put into lockdown while police looked for this man.

        The man was eventually located.  The object strapped to his back proved to be a designer umbrella. (Apparently some designer umbrellas can be carried on your back and look from a distance like rifles.) The lockdown were lifted, and the all clear was given.  BUT ...

        The man was arrested anyway, and charged with disorderly conduct, for giving the appearance of carrying a rifle.

        What seemed weird to me in this whole situation was that if the object had actually turned out to be a rifle instead of an umbrella, the 2nd amendment supporters would have argued that the police would have to let him go!

        So in their world, the man can be arrested for carrying an umbrella that looks like a rifle and is immune if he is actually carrying a rifle!?

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