I have a good friend that lives in Brown City, and during their festival his wife was running a trade booth. He told me a story that was cause for a groan and a "facepalm"...
To preface: My friend is aware that OC is legal and supports it. His father OC's and was even doing so at this event, and nobody raised an eyebrow with him, however...
There was apparently another contingent of OCer's that rubbed people the wrong way, and got a significant number of the area business owners discussing the need to pressure state reps to make a law eliminating OC as an option.
I truly hope it was nobody legitimate from here, because my friend's description painted a picture that described a masquerade party with airsoft guns (by an OCer's admission) and attempts to instigate the local police into a confrontation. I was appalled. His story seriously reminded me of the groups promising to infiltrate and disrupt tea parties. The high notes:
1. As stated, attempting to draw the local LEO's into an argument and complaining while walking away after failing to do so.
2. Claimed not to live in the area, but perused the calender of events and selected festival to "assert our right and make a point".
3. With said agenda, they never broke apart as a group and moved up and down the street at a pace and in a manner that drew attention.
4. Crowded in on booths as people shopped to stand (per my buddy) "with arms crossed at the chest and bodies twisted to maximize view of gun." No attempt to even view the vendor's products much less buy anything. They invaded enough personal space to force some actual potential customers to walk away. As a vendor how would that make you feel?
They way he described this was not in line with the methods and examples I've seen within this forum. He said their whole intent was to disrupt the event and make a spectacle of themselves. In direct contrast is my friend's dad, who got no negative feedback and even had a "gun guy" talk like you would at the range with the local PD before these other guys showed up.
If this was a masquerade party to push an opposing agenda it is something we need to be aware of
and be ready to discredit. If this was a few people from here... Please Please PLEASE reconsider your approach because everything I'm hearing is that it did more harm than good. Forcing your views on someone will NOT win us any friends.