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    http://www.azdailysun.com/news/opini...tml?mode=story



    Will open-carry gun laws turn U.S. into Wild West?

    JOSH SUGARMANN MCT | Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 5:00 am l





    WASHINGTON -- Are armed mobs becoming socially acceptable? Watching television coverage of gun owners eager to brandish their firearms in public spaces, that appears to be the desired goal of "open-carry" advocates.

    Exploiting loopholes in state laws that don't explicitly ban the open carrying of handguns and other firearms is an omission of default rather than design -- who would think people would actually want to live out their Wild West fantasies in real life -- open-carry advocates take delight in thumbing their noses at societal norms by brandishing their firearms.

    Some go much further, portraying their display of weaponry as a visual warning shot against perceived enemies.

    At a "Restore the Constitution Rally" held in April outside the nation's capital, one speaker warned the tiny crowd of fellow "patriots" of those "pushing the country toward civil war" and declared "they should stop before somebody gets hurt." In May, white supremacists openly carried guns at a small counter-event to a peaceful protest of Arizona's new immigration law. One armed protester, who characterized Hitler as a great white civil rights leader, asked, "Where on the planet is there one country that's for white people? There's not. See, we have nowhere to go."





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    PavePusher wrote:
    http://www.azdailysun.com/news/opini...tml?mode=story



    Will open-carry gun laws turn U.S. into Wild West?

    JOSH SUGARMANN MCT | Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 5:00 am l





    WASHINGTON -- Are armed mobs becoming socially acceptable? Watching television coverage of gun owners eager to brandish their firearms in public spaces, that appears to be the desired goal of "open-carry" advocates.

    Exploiting loopholes in state laws that don't explicitly ban the open carrying of handguns and other firearms is an omission of default rather than design -- who would think people would actually want to live out their Wild West fantasies in real life -- open-carry advocates take delight in thumbing their noses at societal norms by brandishing their firearms.

    Some go much further, portraying their display of weaponry as a visual warning shot against perceived enemies.

    At a "Restore the Constitution Rally" held in April outside the nation's capital, one speaker warned the tiny crowd of fellow "patriots" of those "pushing the country toward civil war" and declared "they should stop before somebody gets hurt." In May, white supremacists openly carried guns at a small counter-event to a peaceful protest of Arizona's new immigration law. One armed protester, who characterized Hitler as a great white civil rights leader, asked, "Where on the planet is there one country that's for white people? There's not. See, we have nowhere to go."





    More at link, if your stomach is strong enough...
    You may not have noticed, but it was one side of a 2 sided opinion piece, here is the opposing(our) view.

    http://www.azdailysun.com/news/opini...tml?mode=story



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    Ah, hadn't seen that, Thanks! Makes the same point I've made here and elsewhere in the past. "Progressive" demonstrations seem much more likely to become violent than "conservative" demonstrations.



    I wonder why that is.

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    East Valley Tribune did a similar pro/con story on June 5th.

    http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/local_...r-our-state%3F

    Sinema was one of the columnists... you can guess what her take on it was.

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    "Like all rights, our right to bear arms is subject to common-sense regulations to keep our communities safe and keep guns out of the hands of gang bangers and violent criminals."

    First off Kyrsten Sinema, Just what are "common-sense" regulations? From what I've seen they seem to be any regulations/laws that deny honest people the means to protect themselves from criminals, both elected and street types.

    Furthermore, it's obvious to people with real common sense that those regulations that you speak so highly of do nothing to prevent violent criminals from arming themselves and commiting crimes on the helpless. (read "unarmed") If laws against murder, robbery, rape, etc. dont stop crooks from committing those crimes then how can you expect that the same type of people are going to obey gun laws?

    Did that idiot's folks drop her on her head when she was a kid?
    "You can teach 'em, but you cant learn 'em."

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