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originally posted by: Shamrock6
Did he point the weapon at anybody? Brandish it in a threatening manner? Or did he simply have it slung the entire time?
Seems to me he had it slung the entire time. Sort of a big difference between open carrying a weapon in a holster or open carrying a weapon slung and not playing with the weapon, and pointing a weapon at people. Whether said weapon is a toy or not isn't really germane. It's a pretty simple concept: carry guns legally and don't play with them and you probably won't get shot. Carry things that look like real weapons and point them at people and you may very well get shot.
Nice job getting all your flag-bait ducks in a row though. Gun rights, race, cops shooting people, or not shooting them as it were. Even managed to bring Islam into it. You must have a hell of a blender
originally posted by: ignorant_ape
a reply to: Spider879
a serious question :
if " something happened " [ the stated reason for carrying the firearm ] - what good is it actually going to do ?
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
originally posted by: KawRider9
Why inject race into this story at all?
Common sense and history tells us that race is an issue. If this guy had been black or Arab, he would be dead.
Now I have a few words about the room-temperature IQ "hero" of our story... It's idiots like this that give rational, reasonable firearm owners a bad name. THIS GUY gives other citizens AND authorities a reason to question if open carry is such a good idea. ‘Something might happen’, all right... He might cause panic and get his head blown off...
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: ignorant_ape
What good will open carrying do?
Tell the bad guys who to shoot first.
originally posted by: Spider879
Georgia man wandered around Atlanta airport with a loaded AR-15 because ‘something might happen’
king advantage of his state’s open carry laws, a Georgia man paraded around the Atlanta airport toting a loaded AR-15 simply because he could — alarming police and airport security.
Jim Cooley carried his assault weapon with a 100-round drum attached to it while accompanied by his wife as they dropped their daughter off, alerting the press later after he was stopped multiple times by authorities.
In an interview with WSB-TV, Cooley explained that he knew it was legal to carry the weapon into the airport as long as he didn’t approach any TSA checkpoints, explaining “You can carry in unsecured areas of the airport. Past TSA, never.
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Now lemme get this straight LOEs shoot and kill unarmed often black males because they thought they could be in danger and BANG! opps ma bad I thought he was packing, or killed some kid playing with a toy within 2sec on arrival after being told that it might be a toy or killing a guy in Walmart within minutes for playing with a toy, in both states open carry is legal but this guy get to wander into an airport with his AR and a 100 round of ammo, now imagine if a swarthy looking guy did the same, I mean a lady of the Islamic faith got refused coke on a United Airline flight because it could be used as a weapon and she could be a terrorist.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: jimmyx
I read an article a few months ago that summed it up quite well. There are two types of people that open carry. The ones that have a reason to, say they work in a field where there are snakes, etc. and the attention whores that think they're Rambo.
The first group carries what they need and doesn't draw attention to the fact that they're carrying. The second carries the biggest gun they can get to show what a badass they are.