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  •  My personal opinion... (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, IrishGreg, gramofsam1, splashy's interesting that the second ("how it really happened") photo has no provenance.  Yes, I can see that it may indeed be a simultaneous photo, though the coincidence of getting two photos a second or so apart is... unusual.

    However, it does document that there was a group of over 20 people there, armed with guns, to "make a statement" to three women who were having a meeting for an organization.  From what I've read, one of the women in the Open Carry group posed as someone interested in joining the Moms group in order to find out meeting times and places for a demonstration.

    Now... yes, that is free speech.  But showing up to a conversation with a well-armed triblet does not indicate any intent to converse; only to dictate.

    •  As far as the second photo (3+ / 0-)
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      PavePusher, buddabelly, ER Doc

      there's been some scuttlebutt around that they posed for that shot at the behest of someone from MDA while someone else from MDA snapped the more scary-looking photo. It would explain the simultaneous photos, but I don't have enough confirmation for that though so I can't say one way or the other.

      Now since apparently I can't say this enough, I do not agree with what TOC chose to do. While I recognize that it is legal for them to carry long guns, legal does not equal smart. It especially does not equal smart when challenging a group that pretty much specializes in sensationalism and fear-mongering. TOC could have picked up the check for MDA's breakfast and MDA would have spun it as a group of right-wing gun-toters trying to poison them with cholesterol at gunpoint. TOC are idiots for not seeming to understand that MDA frames the presence of any firearm (excepting law enforcement, natch) in public as a horrific threat and they will run with that every single time. If TOC made any statement at all, it's "We're not media-savvy enough to be allowed out in public without a handler.". On the other hand, MDA are being dishonest in presenting TOC as a threatening armed mob in the parking lot pointing guns at them when the second photo shows what was actually going on. They aren't even being honest about how many people were there.

      Again, given the choice between Team Dumbass and Team Liar, I'm going to go with "none of the above".

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