Love your sign, but isn't that rubbing salt into a wound?
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010
Confronted While Open Carrying On My Own Property.
I had two interesting encounters with neighbors yesterday. I'm out in the yard doing a little spring cleaning'/yard work and one neighbor stopped and says, “Hey, tough guy! What're ya compensating for something, think you're a big man?” He reckoned I would not be so big without that gun.
He was PO'd because I had asked him to slow down earlier as he drove through the neighborhood. 10 mph speed limit, he's never under 20 mph or more. Kids, dogs, cats, elderly all use the road. No walks or curb. I asked very politely and suggested that I would be calling the sheriffs dept. in the future if he did not slow down. Same guy I pulled out of a snow bank last winter (he was drunk) Now he's a tad adversarial. He leaves and gives me a one finger salute. I am amused.
Later, another neighbor, his wife and I are talking about this and she says, “you bring this on yourself for carrying that, that gun.” She says; “you are scaring people, we've been talking about you. What kind of person carries a gun. We live in a quiet neighborhood. What are you afraid of?” I reply that I am not so much afraid as I am prepared. “FOR WHAT?” she very nearly yells.
I said, I am exercising my 2nd amendment right to bear arms in accordance with our state Constitution and the Constitution of the Republic. She says, “Well I don't know about all that but I think it would be better if we were like England.” Oh boy, here we go. “If all the guns were gone. . . .etc., etc., etc. zzzzzzzzzzz”
Her silent partner finally jumps in and says, “Yeah, I suppose you think kids should have guns too.” I say, “Noooo, I think they they should be able to shoot guns at whatever age their parents think is appropriate and under supervision.” He says, “before you know it, they'll be taking them to school.” I say, “Like they used too?”
I mentioned some of the recent incidents in Madison and Milwaukee with home break-ins and the crime map from Eau Claire. She was non-plussed and unmoved from here passivistic stance. I even remarked that Gandhi once said "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest." She noted that and said she would have to look that up. Oooooh Kaaaaay. . . .
The conversation devolved from there with her saying that she did not want to argue but I should stop wearing the gun to make the neighbors feel better. I assured her that I would not and that the ones she should worry about are the guys who are hiding their guns and whom she is bumping shoulders with at Walmart etc. While shopping in her safe little world.
I asked her what if she were accosted and she said she would never use a gun even to save her own life and I just figure, there's natural selection at work for ya.
A Friend sent this pic and said, "here's your sign" ;
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Love your sign, but isn't that rubbing salt into a wound?
MSgt, USAF (ret), Life Member - NRA, Life Member - NAHC,
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It amazes me that people do not understand the simple fact that the law abiding citizens that carry legally are not the ones to worry about.
An armed society is a polite society. - Robert A. Heinlein, Revolt in 2010
Some might say they live in a nice neighborhood and don't even need to lock their doors, but the first time they are robbed, not only do they start locking up, but they call and have a security system installed.
No sense arguing with stupid. Mr. Leadfoot needs to chill out and Ms. Rosie Glasses needs to realize that there are some really BAD people in this world who do bad things to GOOD people. There's nothing wrong with being prepared. I'll bet if an "active shooter" scenario were to happen in your neighborhood, Ms. Rosie Glasses would be the first one running for your property.
People wonder why nobody has tried to invade Switzerland. Our Swiss allies understand the importance of being able to protect themselves. I sure wish others here in the good 'ole USA would figure it out as well.
I'd do my best to keep my cool and avoid ignorant people As stated earlier, there's no sense in arguing with stupid.
"A few well placed shots with a .22LR is a lot better than a bunch of solid misses with a .44 mag!" Glock Armorer, NRA Chief RSO, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloading Rifle, Muzzleloading Shotgun, and Home Firearm Safety Training Counselor
You know, just because someone asks you a question in no way obligates you to have a discussion. I don't understand why people feel like they simply have to discuss something merely because someone starts talking to them.
"I think that's my business." Walk away.
I don't try to sell the idea nor do I feel the need to justify it to those who put up such a stink. I gave up trying to reform the non believers. I do it and that's good enough for me. I just ask that they respect my rights as I will theirs...
It's too bad that you have to put up with that crap in your own yard however.
You can give peace a chance alright..
I'll seek cover in case it goes badly..
Get a surprised look on your face and ask, "You mean you're not?!?!?"
The woman is right, crooks always rob poor areas because thats where the good stuff is..