Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: well this was a little awkward

  1. #1
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    7

    well this was a little awkward

    I have only been OCing a little while but the general jitters are gone and I really dont think about it much. Well I was at my local walmart last night minding my own business when all of a sudden I heard a scream. "GUN GUN!!!" in a very high pitch panicked childs voice behind me. I quickly look around to make sure that someone has not pulled out a gun in the store and then quickly decide I am "gulp" the guy with the gun. I decide to be discreet go about my business keep moving and finish my shopping. Long story short no big deal but man it really felt awkward. I really dont get any attention when I OC and for the most part the only people that say anything to be are pro gun types. It was just really weird situation and I chalk it up to: Most parents these days dont expose their kids to guns and so they are shocked when they come across them. This is a subject for an entire thread but lets just say I disagree with this 100% and the more kids know about guns and gun safety the safer they are going to be in general.

    Now I know for a fact my kids would have just been like what ever a guy with a gun on his hip no big deal. I am raising them to respect guns and be safe safe around them. Things turned out fine but I figured I would share this experience and see what you people thought about it. I really did not feel like it would have been a good idea to approach the child/parent and explain OC, guns rights, and the second amendment but man I wish attitudes on guns where the same when I was a child. sigh times have changed.
    rideco

  2. #2
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    33
    Others might have better suggestions but I handled it the same way you did. I had a man in Food City begin screaming "That guy's got a gun." I ignored him and so did everyone else. He shut up after he noticed that no one cared.

  3. #3
    Regular Member Red Dawg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Eastern VA, with too many people
    Posts
    404
    It's an unfortuante fact of life, but with the shootings that have been going on in the last few years, parents are teaching their kids to scream things Like "Gun, gun", and if anyone touches them in public they scream too. I had a kid about 5 years old scream at the top of his lungs, "Don't touch me", when I put a hand on his shoulder to walk by in a store aisle. Embarrassing, to say the least..
    The Second Amendment is in place
    in case the politicians ignore the others

    A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone

  4. #4
    Regular Member MyWifeSaidYes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Logan, OH
    Posts
    1,028
    Quote Originally Posted by ppardue1 View Post
    Others might have better suggestions but I handled it the same way you did. I had a man in Food City begin screaming "That guy's got a gun." I ignored him and so did everyone else. He shut up after he noticed that no one cared.
    And when you see this guy in the parking lot, point at him and shout, "He's unarmed! He's unarmed!"
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    What does a caring, sensitive person feel when they are forced to use a handgun to stop a threat?

    Recoil.

  5. #5
    Regular Member MKEgal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    in front of my computer, WI
    Posts
    4,426
    If you're in a more cantankerous mood than simply ignoring the idiot,
    get out your phone & call police.

    Or make a video of the person creating a disturbance & have someone with you call police.
    Or vice versa.

    At least here in WI, the definition of DC includes "conduct that provokes or tends to provoke a disturbance".
    Also, an adult could be charged w/ reckless endangerment - it's reasonably forseeable that others would be alarmed & try to run away, thereby potentially injuring themselves & others.

    "There's this guy here screaming "GUN! GUN!" and people are looking scared, but the only person I see with a gun has it in a holster & is just grocery shopping like everyone else."
    Last edited by MKEgal; 04-18-2012 at 12:51 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by MLK, Jr
    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort & convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge & controversy.
    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Laigaie
    Citizenship is a verb.
    Quote Originally Posted by Proverbs 27:12
    A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions.
    The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
    Quote Originally Posted by Proverbs 31:17
    She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

  6. #6
    Regular Member OC for ME's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    White Oak Plantation
    Posts
    12,272
    Walk up to him and calmly state: "Get behind me, I will protect you, because I am legally armed....now, where is the guy with the gun?"
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

  7. #7
    Regular Member M-Taliesin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Aurora, Colorado
    Posts
    1,504
    Quote Originally Posted by OC for ME View Post
    Walk up to him and calmly state: "Get behind me, I will protect you, because I am legally armed....now, where is the guy with the gun?"
    Howdy Pard!
    Now that's flat out hilarious right there. Outstanding!!!

    Only problem is, he'd start running as soon as you locked eyes on him and moved his way.

    Blessings,
    M-Taliesin

  8. #8
    Regular Member JamesB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Lakewood, Colorado, USA
    Posts
    703
    Kids do say the darnedest things.

    I gotta remember to train my daughter to scream that one out too... I think it's important that she point out to me other, like minded individuals who may just wanna be friends, like M-T.

  9. #9
    Regular Member LoneEchoWolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Alamosa,Colorado
    Posts
    285
    HA HA you guys since of humor is spot on, i think you reacted like any normal person would have, but i agree next time take a video of it while calling the police to report a public disturbance. that man could have caused way bigger issues than he could have ever imagined if lets say a unknowing shaky leo was there and decided to shoot first and ask second. weirder things have happened.

  10. #10
    Campaign Veteran since9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
    Posts
    6,787
    Quote Originally Posted by rideco View Post
    I decide to be discreet go about my business keep moving and finish my shopping.
    You handled that well. I wouldn't make a mountain out of a molehill unless the kid (or adult) kept screaming. If they did, I'd videotape them while calling the police.

    The only interaction I've ever had with a child is when I turned a corner in the supermarket and a young boy, about five, looked at me and asked, "Is that a real gun?" I smiled and replied, "Why, yes! It is a real gun!" His jaw dropped in awe!

    I once had a middle-aged woman walk up and me and say, "I don't like guns" to which I replied with a smile, "Well, Ma'am -- I don't like criminals!" She grinned and said "Touche'!"
    The First protects the Second, and the Second protects the First. Together, they protect the rest of our Bill of Rights and our United States Constitution, and help We the People protect ourselves in the spirit of our Declaration of Independence.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •