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To the guy who Open Carried @ Everett's Parade Today

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by WIRED tactical, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. WIRED tactical

    WIRED tactical Snohomish County, WA Member

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    Thank You and good job handling a bunch of people. You are a good symbol of our rights in this country. Maybe it wasn't the best place to carry but if you want to and you're legal then Im not stopping you from using your rights. (it is Everett after all...

    I am a Ranger Assistant for the City of Everett and one of the Cultural Arts ladies was freaking out about you walking around with your handgun in the open. She was all having a hissy fit about how the heck thats legal and what not. My favorite was "we need more regulation".

    But anyway if you are on here I thought I'd lend a shout out.
     
  2. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    Those that aren't aware of the rules always clamour for more. Tsk.
     
  3. joeroket

    joeroket Everett,Wa. Active Member

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    I posted a link to this over on OCDO in case it was one of the ones that are not a regular here.
     
  4. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Junction City Active Member

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    "Maybe it wasn't the best place to carry but if you want to and you're legal then Im not stopping you from using your rights. (it is Everett after all..."

    Explain?
     
  5. WIRED tactical

    WIRED tactical Snohomish County, WA Member

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    Kids and familys everywhere. BUT the city of everett is known for some shady streets and individuals. Actually now that I think about it, carrying on the 4th ANYWHERE is a perfect example to display a part of how we got that freedom to be our own country.
     
  6. mhadix

    mhadix Tacoma,WA Member

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    What? Are you really saying what I think you are? Sounds just like one of the anti-gun people.
     
  7. Guilty

    Guilty Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    I think that the intention of the OP is to say that it isn't common to see open carry in Washington and even more uncommon at large public events. IMO, it has nothing to do with sounding just like one of the anti-gun people. All the OP is doing is making a comment. It is unfortunate that the comment has to be picked apart for the sake of argument.
     
  8. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    Considering how willing the paramilitaries and the cops are to letting bullets fly, I dont think that statement is too out of line.
     
  9. jer fly

    jer fly cottage grove Member

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    - Guilty took the words out of my mouth.
     
  10. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    That's never a concern when a member of the Criminal Element wants to let fly with bullets in a "drive-by" or when someone "disses" them and they open fire in a park (see shooting incident reports from Issaquah State Park last year of so).

    A legally carried firearm, open or concealed, does nothing to harm those "Kids and families" and may even make them safer from those that would do them harm.
     
  11. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    Your right guilty. The OP was just posting for support of another persons right and people on this forum wanna pick it apart. No wonder the anti's target us. We cant even agree on the most trivial things.

    Now I wouldn't open carry myself mainly because I just don't want to deal with the uninformed public but I support anybody that chooses to do so.
     
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  12. WIRED tactical

    WIRED tactical Snohomish County, WA Member

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    Wow apparently I can't even give an opinion along with a compliment without it being picked apart. I guess all I mean is that maybe concealed carry would have been a better option? I agree that a good citizen that carries is an asset to the public whether they realize it or not. But if you have the option to go concealed then its just easier on those that are gun scared. BUT that's my opinion and what I would do if carrying. Its up to anyone else to decide for themselves. That's part of having freedom.

    If you really think I'm an anti gun person than I wonder why I have a safe full of guns, a reloading setup, member of the NRA, and a supporter of the idea that people should be able to carry on planes...
     
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  13. ikari2_2000

    ikari2_2000 Seattle, WA Member

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    Kudos to the guy that open carried!
     
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  14. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Just remember that your "Compliment" included an implied "But". First it was "good on him" but "you should consider a different way to carry".

    This is a feeling that is often expressed and a good example of what is failing in our system of rights and freedoms. To have someone decide HOW they should go about expressing their rights is totally foreign to the principles behind our Constitution and BOR's.

    As long as someone doesn't break the law by threatening, menacing, or intimidating with their firearm let them go about their business. Since when did the mere sight of a firearm "threaten, menace, or intimidate"? Sorry, only those who would have them banned from our society feel threatened.

    Carry in the manner YOU feel comfortable with and let the others do likewise. How would you feel if someone knocked on your door and told you that your choice of Lawnmower isn't appropriate? Or that mowing your lawn in a certain manner would be "less intimidating" to your neighbors?

    As for the woman who was "freaking out", accept the fact that there will always be people like this, that are "freaked" by just about anything. I get it regularly from people that I park next to at the grocery store. I pull into a parking stall in my pickup and their eyes get huge because they are intimidated by the size of the truck. It's just a full sized, non-jacked up pickup but they're sitting there in a car that they think everyone should be forced to drive, a Prius. And all this freaking out happens long before I get out of the truck and they see my holstered Sig.

    Am I an "Open Carry Activist"? No, I am a "Freedom Activist". I go about my business, carrying sometimes concealed, sometimes open, and don't want anyone telling me I can't because it freaks out someone who gets freaked out if they see two dogs smelling each others backsides.
     
  15. WIRED tactical

    WIRED tactical Snohomish County, WA Member

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    Nicely put. However I want to make clear I never told him he should do it differently. I said:"MAYBE it wasn't the best place" of course this is according to what I would do if I wanted to carry at a parade.

    But id like to get this thread back on topic which is giving that guy a shoutout, but it seems he is not involved in this online community.
     
  16. gogoDawgs

    gogoDawgs Federal Way, WA Active Member

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    Carry where they can see it, so you can educate and assure the position that guns do no harm when holstered. I also am a Freedom advocate and carry open most places I go. A couple of weekends ago I carried open in downtown Seattle at the Pride parade. I had no negative experience and no one freaked out either, mostly they just liked my shirt and asked is that legal....
    I am standing on Pine facing 4th avenue there are tens of thousands of people around me....
     
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    STNOSU Corvallis Member

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    Sorry to derail the conversation but gogoDawgs where did you get that shirt? The wife would love one.
     
  18. krkruse

    krkruse Salem area Active Member

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    The problem I have with open carry is, well for me anyway, is im young. I feel like if I were to walk around with my Glock or Springfield on my side people are going to take a look at me and make all sorts of assumptions. I know they are just that, assumptions, but they can cause things to be bothersome.. However I feel if I were a bit older, say like my parents age, less people would think twice...
     
  19. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    People will always make assumptions. So What!

    If you wear your hair all "spiked" does that automatically mean you are "Punk" or a Skateboarder?
    If you shave your head does that automatically make you a "Skinhead" and support White Aryan philosophies?
    If you wear saggy, baggy, pants doe's that prove you are a Gangster?
    How about an earring in the "wrong ear"? Does that mean you're gay?
    You like wearing a suit and tie everywhere you go and wear black framed glasses, so are you a "Dork"?
    Does a hat on backwards mean you are a stupid redneck?

    Just because you are young has no bearing on what people assume. Most will base their assumptions on your demeanor, the manner in which you behave, rather than your appearance. The rest will just make assumptions based on their personal prejudices or ignorance and that will never change. Go about your business carrying your firearm any way you choose and don't worry about others assumptions. Your behavior will be all that matters.
     
  20. joeroket

    joeroket Everett,Wa. Active Member

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    You need to read the Wright-Rossi Report before you state that it is a delusion that a criminal won't re-think if there is an armed citizen around.