Jul 12 2010
Alright, I understand the point people are trying to make about “open carry” laws, that more visible guns means people are less likely to mess with each other at the risk of finding multiple bullet wounds in their chest, but things are getting a bit ridiculous.
“Just because somebody is carrying a gun doesn’t mean that they’re a criminal,” said Scott Brownlie, a 25-year-old firefighter who stood outside Peet’s Coffee & Tea with an unloaded Colt M-4 Carbine slung across his back. “If a lot of people were allowed to carry more … there would be a lot less crime.”
Suzanne Verge, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, described Saturday’s event as a “public relations stunt.”
“People use the guns in a moment of passion, under the influence, when they’re angry,” said Verge, whose brother was fatally shot in 1978. “I don’t think it’s going to lessen the risk for children and families who go to the beach.”
Was there some sort of beachside mass shooting recently I don’t know about? And I hear sand is notoriously hard to clean out of an M4 carbine.
And really, he brought it unloaded? What’s the point carrying around a clearly unloaded gun? That effectively scares people who don’t know what an unloaded gun looks like, and emboldens criminals who actually do.
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