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  1. Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    The bold part is absolutely not true on this forum. I swear we need a separate subforum for all the posts about, "I got stopped and showed the officer my CPL and told him about my gun and he left me off with a warning."



    Potential problems that those of us who open carry in routine day-to-day life almost never encounter. For me the element of surprise isn't worth much more than Obama's hope and change, just my personal opinion.
    When you take what I said and apply it to the context of this forum I agree. But I was responding to people who say "go to YouTube and you'll find tons of examples of cops over reaching their authority." That's because nobody posts a video of a cop doing his job right.

    Listen I've been there myself. I spent a night in jail, went to court the next morning in an orange jump suit, handcuffs on my wrists and shackles on my ankles all because a cop didn't know the law. I was 19 and had a pistol in the center console and he insisted it was 21. I encouraged him to reference the law before he went forward with his arrest. He told me he didn't have to do anything and that he had more than enough authority to arrest me. And so there I went. But I can tell you this...for that 1 bad seed, I've meet probably over 100 different officers since then that are great guys. I had the same attitude towards all cops for a long time after that. I viewed all cops as a bunch of no good pricks. It took me actually getting involved in law enforcement and actually getting to know a lot of these guys to realize that that kind of behavior really is more rare than you think. And when it's all said and done, even when they do go wrong in some way, they're just human like you and I. Lots of good people make bad mistakes. Take it for what it is and let it make you a better person, not a bitter person. That's my life lesson.

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    I have read the request and I respectfully decline his request. Is anyone at Starbucks going to protect me if shots are fired and I can't defend myself? What happens if I were to become injured? Will Starbucks pay my medical bills? Support my family? After all you are requesting I give up my Second Amendment Rights. Are you serious?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    Blues I use to hold a lot of respect for the comments you make, but here lately I have seen several examples that prove that you have bad opinions just like everyone else.
    "Just like everyone else?" Guess that makes me exactly....umm....normal then, huh? I'll have to work on that.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    Based on this comment, you also showed that you can jump to conclusions based on nothing.
    Well, nothing except what you wrote.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    Nowhere did I say that the percentage I posted was either backed up by data, nor did I say that he said it. In fact, I put it in a separate paragraph that was based on MY thoughts.
    Ahh, I see. I was somewhat distracted when I replied, so I see now that you're right. So instead of your "professor" (whom you reveal below is no professor at all) pulling stats out of his backside, you pulled them out of yours. Sorry, I addressed my comments to the wrong subject. Consider them correctly-directed now.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    On top of that, the percentage I posted was not even referencing LEOs, I was giving an exaggerated statistic based on a google image search saying that if you searched a disease, almost all the pictures you find will be based off of the 1% rare extreme cases of that disease, and hardly any of them will show you what the 99% of the time normal cases look like. So the next time you look to jump to conclusions like that, read it over once more.
    So those pulled-out-of-your-backside "exaggerated" statistics had nothing to do with LEOs? How am I misreading your second paragraph then? You said:

    What you have to realize is that the reason you see "so many" of these cases is because their the only ones anyone takes the time to post. Google image search a disease...you won't find any of the mild, 99%-of-the-time cases. What you'll find are the 1% rare cases where is the worst possible scenario. Is the same case. People, especially the news, love to sensationalize bad situations.
    Is the same case as what? Same case as the "exaggerated" stats as they apply to LE, right? If not, what other topic was implicit in that entire post? You were comparing your perception that media exaggerates disease photos (why anyone is Googling disease photos is a whole 'nother kettle of worms) vs. the supposed "exaggerated" numbers of abuses by cops, right? If I'm wrong, please do set me straight, because you've had two shots at it so far and you have obviously failed to make me understand.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    And secondly, you know nothing about this guy to say what he is full of or not, and you sure didn't have enough info out of what I posted to make that type of comment. I call him a "professor" because he teaches the class. He really isn't.
    Umm....

    And I brought up some of these minority situations to one if my professors....
    You didn't say you were "calling" him your professor, or that he wasn't really a professor, you stated unequivocally that he is "one of your professors." If I took anything for granted, it was that you could be trusted to say what you really mean. Oops.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    He's a Lieutenant who's been on the force for over 30 years...
    Did *I* get that "wrong" too? I don't think I mentioned his status as a LEO at all, just what you said about being your "professor."

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    ....and he's probably the most down to earth nicest cops you'll ever meet.
    This is what you said *he* brought up saying that "no one ever thinks about:"

    Any time you find YouTube videos of all these negative LEO experiences, you generally find someone who was LOOKING for that encounter to happen.
    And that's what I say is utter bullcrap, and I addressed it in my "ETA" at the bottom of my post. This "nicest cop you'll ever meet" is prepping you to view people who know their rights, videotape for their own protection and can and do cite the laws that the cop should be following without it having to be explained to them by a lowly citizen as deserving of their illegal imposition of authority over them. If you can't see that just in the way you phrased what your "professor" told you, then he (and likely others) have already served their function well.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    His current job at the Sheriff's department is hiring. He often talks to us about what he looks for in officers with people skills vs hot heads, and I would say he knows what he's talking about, because since he became the HR Lt. at this agency, they have become one of the top CALEA agencies in the country.
    If that's true, then likely his officers from his agency aren't in any of all these negative LEO experiences where citizens are generally LOOKING for the negativity to happen, because citizens who are prepared to videotape and tell cops that they're out of line because the law is on the citizens' side, would never be hassled by your non-professor professor or his subordinates because like the headline says, they're doing their jobs. If all that is true, good for him, but I remain skeptical that it's all true because of his jaded and cynical knee-jerk reaction to "all" these negative LEO encounters as described in your post by you.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    ....yes, people may have every right to carry the guns they do openly in public. But there are tons of people out there who only do it to get a rise out of people.
    More bullcrap pulled directly out of either your or your non-professor professor's butt. The very fact that cops don't like when people exercise their rights the way they see fit, and ignore the wishes and/or illegal demands of authoritarians with a gun, badge and monkey-suit, is proof that a "rise" will be gotten no matter when, where, how or why an OC'er OC's. If it's in a jurisdiction where it is protected by law, then the only correct way to even talk to an OC'er is to announce that they are not being detained and that any discussion with the cop is completely voluntary. If they ask for ID and are turned down, tough beans, that is not a reason for them to escalate either their tone or the nature of the contact from voluntary to detained, or sometimes arrested, and sometimes beaten, tased, ASP'ed or batoned, and sometimes even freakin' killed. There are multiple videos of all of those things happening way more than they should, because if cops around the country could be trusted to do their jobs within the law, there would be exactly zero of those videos to show the abuses of any cops.

    If your non-professor professor isn't giving you this information to balance against the jaded and cynical view of citizens you have already described him as holding, then he's not giving you proper instruction.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    So it is their intentions that he is calling into question. Just because you have a right to do something doesn't mean you should do it for spite to the other side.
    Whoops! There it is! *We* are the other side to either or both you and your non-professor professor. Exactly the attitude that would make me walk away rather than having a calm, give-and-take discussion voluntarily with a cop. And you're proving by posting this stuff that it is taught as a matter of course in cop-school! You're giving up trade secrets here, Andey. They're not going to be very happy with you!

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    That's not how you get your message across. Cops have every right to get an attitude with you and get in your face when they wanna ask you questions.
    ????

    Exactly where in the 5th Amendment does it say that????

    Just more Andey, only much deeper than before.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    But how effective is that cop going to be compared to the one that tries to come across rationally and calmly? If you wanna carry an AR15 on your back through downtown and you are simply doing it because you legitimately want it for your protection, then that's one thing. But doing it for the sole purpose of getting a rise out of people so that you can get in their face and argue your opinion, that's what I have an issue with.
    Screw your "issues" dude. Once you get sworn in, you work for us, we are not subservient to you. If I want to hand out leaflets in front of a courthouse telling potential jurors about jury nullification, who the Hell are you to tell me where and to whom I can offer information? If I want to carry an AR or any other highly-visible weapon hoping that strangers will ask me why I'm doing it, who the Hell are you to have "issues" with how I go about educating the public? Unless your opinions of me or my methods of activism are backed up by law giving you the legal authority to contact me about it, then butt the Hell out. It's between me and my fellow citizens. If I want to talk to a cop when I'm doing absolutely nothing illegal, I'll start the conversation. Otherwise, leave me alone.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    And no one is denying that there aren't lots of bad apples out there. But what is going to motivate a cop to treat you with any respect when they have the impression that no one has any respect for them?
    In the real world (as in, anywhere but the cop-shop or cop-school apparently), respect is earned. If I'm conducting myself perfectly legally, then I should be presumed by cops to be worthy of their respect, and any contact that they initiate with me should be demonstrative of that attitude by them. Any contact that they initiate that fails to demonstrate their respect towards me, their employer, will earn them the same level of disrespect in return.

    And any cop who doesn't understand and live by that fact of life is one of those bad apples in my book.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    You seem to be the type that goes into a situation with a determined mindset of what the other person is going to be like.
    I give what I get, that's all.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    And it's like this teacher of mine also tells us...you have to develop many types of tools to be able to deal with many different types of people. If the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, then everything is going to look like a nail.
    Well, if when you're at my door or my car window or we just cross paths while walking down the street, and I perceive you constantly checking the contents in your "toolbox" to figure out the best way to freakin' play me into doing/saying/acting/thinking/accepting what you demand of me when I have done absolutely nothing to warrant your contact with me, that's my first clue that you are not someone I want to interact with. The problem is, many cops' attitudes freakin' scream that's what's goin' on in their heads from the very first second of contact with them. The ones who don't project that attitude with me will find me "the most down to earth nicest" free citizen who will welcome the remainder of the contact with no challenging or negative attitude projecting from me at all.

    You should show your non-professor professor these exchanges. It sounds like he could learn a thing or two, and hopefully, he'll sternly correct your absolutely disgusting and wrong assertion that, "Cops have every right to get an attitude with you and get in your face when they wanna ask you questions." Hopefully he hasn't allowed himself to be so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking that's what being a "good cop" is all about, and he will take whatever steps to cleanse your head of whatever he put in there that made you think there was anything accurate in that statement.

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    Haven't read the posts, just saying.......Starbucks in my town has NO sign or statement declaring or asking a "Gun Free ZONE". Maybe this is just a left coast thing.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by mappow View Post
    Haven't read the posts, just saying.......Starbucks in my town has NO sign or statement declaring or asking a "Gun Free ZONE". Maybe this is just a left coast thing.......
    I have to revise my opinion on the CEO. I saw a video interview he did, and he is anti-gun. He is just also a smart businessman that has up until now chosen to abide by local law and not make an issue of it. He has been drawn into voicing his opinion, by those on the pro- and anti- gun side. At least he has not, as yet, availed himself of the legal opportunities offered in some states to make his stores "officially" gun free.
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  7. I have tio say, i don't think open carry is wise but I have a lot more respect for those who have the balls to strap up and actually do it than for the posers that say "Oh I support your rights, but I don't have the stones myself"

  8. Quote Originally Posted by BluesStringer View Post
    This is gonna be long, so get comfy....



    "Just like everyone else?" Guess that makes me exactly....umm....normal then, huh? I'll have to work on that.



    Well, nothing except what you wrote.



    Ahh, I see. I was somewhat distracted when I replied, so I see now that you're right. So instead of your "professor" (whom you reveal below is no professor at all) pulling stats out of his backside, you pulled them out of yours. Sorry, I addressed my comments to the wrong subject. Consider them correctly-directed now.



    So those pulled-out-of-your-backside "exaggerated" statistics had nothing to do with LEOs? How am I misreading your second paragraph then? You said:



    Is the same case as what? Same case as the "exaggerated" stats as they apply to LE, right? If not, what other topic was implicit in that entire post? You were comparing your perception that media exaggerates disease photos (why anyone is Googling disease photos is a whole 'nother kettle of worms) vs. the supposed "exaggerated" numbers of abuses by cops, right? If I'm wrong, please do set me straight, because you've had two shots at it so far and you have obviously failed to make me understand.



    Umm....



    You didn't say you were "calling" him your professor, or that he wasn't really a professor, you stated unequivocally that he is "one of your professors." If I took anything for granted, it was that you could be trusted to say what you really mean. Oops.



    Did *I* get that "wrong" too? I don't think I mentioned his status as a LEO at all, just what you said about being your "professor."



    This is what you said *he* brought up saying that "no one ever thinks about:"



    And that's what I say is utter bullcrap, and I addressed it in my "ETA" at the bottom of my post. This "nicest cop you'll ever meet" is prepping you to view people who know their rights, videotape for their own protection and can and do cite the laws that the cop should be following without it having to be explained to them by a lowly citizen as deserving of their illegal imposition of authority over them. If you can't see that just in the way you phrased what your "professor" told you, then he (and likely others) have already served their function well.



    If that's true, then likely his officers from his agency aren't in any of all these negative LEO experiences where citizens are generally LOOKING for the negativity to happen, because citizens who are prepared to videotape and tell cops that they're out of line because the law is on the citizens' side, would never be hassled by your non-professor professor or his subordinates because like the headline says, they're doing their jobs. If all that is true, good for him, but I remain skeptical that it's all true because of his jaded and cynical knee-jerk reaction to "all" these negative LEO encounters as described in your post by you.



    More bullcrap pulled directly out of either your or your non-professor professor's butt. The very fact that cops don't like when people exercise their rights the way they see fit, and ignore the wishes and/or illegal demands of authoritarians with a gun, badge and monkey-suit, is proof that a "rise" will be gotten no matter when, where, how or why an OC'er OC's. If it's in a jurisdiction where it is protected by law, then the only correct way to even talk to an OC'er is to announce that they are not being detained and that any discussion with the cop is completely voluntary. If they ask for ID and are turned down, tough beans, that is not a reason for them to escalate either their tone or the nature of the contact from voluntary to detained, or sometimes arrested, and sometimes beaten, tased, ASP'ed or batoned, and sometimes even freakin' killed. There are multiple videos of all of those things happening way more than they should, because if cops around the country could be trusted to do their jobs within the law, there would be exactly zero of those videos to show the abuses of any cops.

    If your non-professor professor isn't giving you this information to balance against the jaded and cynical view of citizens you have already described him as holding, then he's not giving you proper instruction.



    Whoops! There it is! *We* are the other side to either or both you and your non-professor professor. Exactly the attitude that would make me walk away rather than having a calm, give-and-take discussion voluntarily with a cop. And you're proving by posting this stuff that it is taught as a matter of course in cop-school! You're giving up trade secrets here, Andey. They're not going to be very happy with you!



    ????

    Exactly where in the 5th Amendment does it say that????

    Just more Andey, only much deeper than before.



    Screw your "issues" dude. Once you get sworn in, you work for us, we are not subservient to you. If I want to hand out leaflets in front of a courthouse telling potential jurors about jury nullification, who the Hell are you to tell me where and to whom I can offer information? If I want to carry an AR or any other highly-visible weapon hoping that strangers will ask me why I'm doing it, who the Hell are you to have "issues" with how I go about educating the public? Unless your opinions of me or my methods of activism are backed up by law giving you the legal authority to contact me about it, then butt the Hell out. It's between me and my fellow citizens. If I want to talk to a cop when I'm doing absolutely nothing illegal, I'll start the conversation. Otherwise, leave me alone.



    In the real world (as in, anywhere but the cop-shop or cop-school apparently), respect is earned. If I'm conducting myself perfectly legally, then I should be presumed by cops to be worthy of their respect, and any contact that they initiate with me should be demonstrative of that attitude by them. Any contact that they initiate that fails to demonstrate their respect towards me, their employer, will earn them the same level of disrespect in return.

    And any cop who doesn't understand and live by that fact of life is one of those bad apples in my book.



    I give what I get, that's all.



    Well, if when you're at my door or my car window or we just cross paths while walking down the street, and I perceive you constantly checking the contents in your "toolbox" to figure out the best way to freakin' play me into doing/saying/acting/thinking/accepting what you demand of me when I have done absolutely nothing to warrant your contact with me, that's my first clue that you are not someone I want to interact with. The problem is, many cops' attitudes freakin' scream that's what's goin' on in their heads from the very first second of contact with them. The ones who don't project that attitude with me will find me "the most down to earth nicest" free citizen who will welcome the remainder of the contact with no challenging or negative attitude projecting from me at all.

    You should show your non-professor professor these exchanges. It sounds like he could learn a thing or two, and hopefully, he'll sternly correct your absolutely disgusting and wrong assertion that, "Cops have every right to get an attitude with you and get in your face when they wanna ask you questions." Hopefully he hasn't allowed himself to be so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking that's what being a "good cop" is all about, and he will take whatever steps to cleanse your head of whatever he put in there that made you think there was anything accurate in that statement.

    Blues
    Blues, all I can say is we're going to have to agree to disagree. Although I doubt either sides of our argument are anymore right than the other, I will admit that in the eyes of other members that read our exchanges, you will have come out on top. You are simply better at articulating your words than I am, and although I try and pick my words carefully and not just shoot my mouth off before thinking about what I say, you have definitely surpassed me in that skill.

    Forget any statistics that may or may not be true. Forget about a professor or may or may not be a professor and who may or may not have said this or that. This was all I was ever trying to say...We are no different in the anti-gunners eyes than they are in our eyes. So to an outsider looking in, if I'm trying to choose a side, what characteristics sway me to one side or the other? Is it aggressiveness and violence (I know open carry isn't violent, but we all know that's what it gets portrayed as)? Or is it by being able to relate to people and actually acting like you care? I know the anti-gunners are a bunch of wolves, but to the general public they sure know how to play the part of a sheep. And that generally the side that comes across as the most relatable. Everybody loves the underdog.

    I can only base my views on the world from what I have experienced. You can only base your views on the world from what you have experienced. In my time on earth, I have experience far more good cops than bad. Your experiences have obviously been to some degree different than mine. I'm not really sure who originally coined the "respect is earned" phrase, but I'm generally not a follower of that school. I am respectful to all people until they give me a reason not to be. Or house does our legal system phrase it..."innocent until proven guilty?"

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    Ive never been to a starbucks, Ive got one down the road from me, but just choose not to go. I do respect his request, and I may choose to honor it, however, I feel, and I apologize if I offend anyone, but I feel that some of the "Extreme Open Carriers" draw a lot of unwanted attention to their stores. OCing AR's, Shotguns, Bazookas [kidding] and every other kind of weapon are unneeded at the stores, I feel if theyre going to hold their "meetings" they should rent a hall, or conduct it in their own yard, instead of drawing negative publicity to stores that honor OC and CC alike. I believe in fighting for rights, but not at the expense of everyone else. OC your heart out, I do it sometimes too, just dont ruin the image of another store or make the rest of us look like loons, like the image I have below. Starbucks' CEO makes a "respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms."-ee8ba0a3b7a1a01d45dcc21d088cd0df.jpg
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  10. Quote Originally Posted by Itstjs View Post
    Ive never been to a starbucks, Ive got one down the road from me, but just choose not to go. I do respect his request, and I may choose to honor it, however, I feel, and I apologize if I offend anyone, but I feel that some of the "Extreme Open Carriers" draw a lot of unwanted attention to their stores. OCing AR's, Shotguns, Bazookas [kidding] and every other kind of weapon are unneeded at the stores, I feel if theyre going to hold their "meetings" they should rent a hall, or conduct it in their own yard, instead of drawing negative publicity to stores that honor OC and CC alike. I believe in fighting for rights, but not at the expense of everyone else. OC your heart out, I do it sometimes too, just dont ruin the image of another store or make the rest of us look like loons, like the image I have below. Starbucks' CEO makes a "respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms."-ee8ba0a3b7a1a01d45dcc21d088cd0df.jpg
    I think OCing an AR-15 is ruining the image of legitimate OCers. It's a childish way to prove a point. People like that are fighting the other side's battle for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndeyHall View Post
    I think OCing an AR-15 is ruining the image of legitimate OCers. It's a childish way to prove a point. People like that are fighting the other side's battle for them.
    OK, I think I figured out what bugs me about this whole thing. I'll bet this guy doesn't walk around all day every day with his AR. If he did he would probably drop $20 on a sling. OC or CC is a way of life, not an right occasionally practiced to prove a point. It should be no big deal, but these people are making it a big deal. Maybe it is a big deal for them. That in and of itself is the problem. When you go "overt" on occasion to draw attention to yourself, that is all people remember. If they see you going about your daily business armed and unconcerned (and not taking pictures of yourself like a tourist) they are more likely to be at ease with people walking around armed.
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    Is the goal to make people feel bad or scared because they are not carrying? Is the goal to rub peoples noses in our rights? IMHO the goal is to be allowed to exercise our God given human rights and be left alone in the process.
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