I carry it because it is my right and to protect the ones I love. Yet even with the welfare of others in mind, I am scrutinized and mocked for exercising my Second Amendment right. [...]He sounds like an upright "good guy with a gun," well trained with his weapon:
[The experience] has only made me more determined to familiarize myself with state laws and company policies, so that I will be prepared to confront those who would violate my Second Amendment rights.
I am an American citizen, a college graduate, an Iraq War veteran, a brother, a friend, a role model and very soon I will be an uncle. For each of these people that I am, there is always one constant: I carry a firearm, concealed or open, legally, for the protection of myself, my family and my friends.His op-ed was picked up and linked to by many thousands of pro-gun sites across the country. Maybe 100,000 or so such links: http://goo.gl/...
For several days he was something of a poster-boy for open-carry advocates.
Well, guess what? (See him wearing GOS orange, below...)
Just four days later he was arrested and jailed on gun-related charges, including endangering safety. Apparently, a friend called him to help in a dispute with her roommate. Simonsmeier (in mug shot) showed up with two friends, also armed, and threatened the male roommate with their guns. http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/...
He may get free legal advice from well-funded gun-advocacy groups, and he has only been charged, not convicted. Still, there are lessons here.
(I'm busy today so don't have time for more than a short diary on this, but it's an interesting case and I haven't seen mention of it yet on DailyKos.)