I'm not sure if this was posted yet but I just happened to come by this video and wanted to share it with you all.
This young man was on his own property with his rifle (which he his allowed to do) holding up a flag and promoting his 2nd amendment right when
roughly 5 cops show up. The first Officer (Sergeant Stoner) shows up and tells him to put the weapon down. On camera he says that "I don't want to
shoot you" while the young man is trying to explain to him that he has the right to do what he is doing and the Sergeant clearly stated that he was
not committing a crime. Although he said the young man was not committing a crime he still took his weapon (and his flag!) and said the man was
pointing the gun at him, which the video proves that he was not.
Although I do understand why people called and I would feel less safe if they didn't show up, I still think they should have handled it differently
and once they found out that he was, in fact, allowed to be doing what he was doing (He was clearly protesting) they should have not taken his
In my opinion, the other officers wanted to cooperate but I believe the Sergeant was loosing a bit of his pride and, after calling a few people from
his Vehicle, realized that the man was indeed correct and he couldn't do a thing.
What is your opinion on this and do you think it could have been handled differently?
I expected better than a one line personal attack from you, Phage.
I think you guys are missing the point of why exercising our rights is important, but then maybe we think differently and you think our rights will be
there when you need them. The empirical evidence seems to indicate differently in my opinion.
Whilst I do love me some 2nd amendment.... This guy is lucky that the coroner didn't have to come and scrape brain matter off of the grass in front
of his house. I am surprised the cop didn't shoot him after asking him to put the gun down and him refusing to do so. It happens these days, I almost
expected it here.
I am not sure if this guy was stupid, brave, or insane for taking the risk at all. I do applaud his passion and willingness to stand up for what he
believes in and bringing attention to the matter though. He may have been able to do it in a better way, sometimes egging a cop on to get a
certain reaction ends up a bad deal for both parties.
Seemed like he was being an a$$hat to me. Sure he has the right but a little discretion is called for when being publicly armed.
Guns don't scare me, a$$hats with guns do.
ETA - following Phage's sage advise. Domn spellchuck
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I'm pretty sure this was the response he wanted (the police coming) and he could think about what he would say all day but, most likely, when they
showed up his heart probably started pumping and he could have forgotten most of it.
I can see why the officer would draw a gun on him but as soon as they figured out what he was doing they probably should have left. I don't think it
was right of them to take his gun, I would have understood if they just took the mag and the one in the chamber while they talked to him.
yet again no respect for anyone but himself .
still some people wonder why there is a a gun debate going on down there . Legal or not who in their right mind is gonna feel safe with their kids
outside with some moron on his lawn with a rifle.
I see you are from Canada. In the US what he did is 100% legal and the cops were in the wrong. Just because it annoys or scares you doesn't mean
someone else doesn't have the right to do what they are doing. I am against abortion, but I still support abortion rights. I am against the gay
lifestyle, but I still support gay rights. I can't stand cigarette smoke, but I will support the rights of smokers.
My point is that just because YOU don't agree with something doesn't give you the right to hamper other people's constitutional rights or their
freedom to exercise them just because it makes you uncomfortable.
How do you know ? A gun owner shoots his co-workers after his wife died and he got fired. A kid shoots his fellow classmates with his dad's gun for
being bullied. Guy robs a bank with his own weapon because he will get thrown out of his home.
Those are real people. Those are the guys shooting. Those are the exact same people that are fooling around and acting like morons. Only thing that
changes is life. Their life.
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so you have the right to have a gun. Call me when the next day the guy kills his neighbors and no one did a thing because he has "rights"
I stated that, while I believe he was in the right, I'm still glad the Police came. They just should have handled it in a different way. They should
have realized what was going on..I'm sure they saw the flag. It doesn't take much common sense to realize that he was protesting, as is his
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