I understand this was an opinion piece and you are entitled to your own opinion but the slant of you column, while factually correct, was misleading. You quoted the press release from MPD when you said that the caller was disturbed. If you listen to the actual 911 call, you will see she wasn't and the police magnified her concern for their purposes.
At the end of your article, you asked why we didn't pick a 'more relevant cause' such as abortion, the death penalty or a couple others. I can only speak for myself but I am involved with other causes, however, none of the ones you mentioned have a clear definition as a right in both the Federal and State Constitutions. In addition, once again, we weren't there to make a point or to cause a disturbance. To reiterate, I have been open carrying in various places for over a year and have never had a police officer even approach me before. Of course, I never carried in Madison before. As you column stated, the other 3 showed up at the invitation of someone who lived in Madison and since we OC wherever we go that is legal, we OC'ed. In addition, we OC'ed at the same Culvers exactly 1 week later with 25 OC'ers and there was no police interaction. A family stood behind me in line and no panic ensued, parents didn't rush their children away from me or the others. There were women who OC'ed in our group as well.
We had just come back from an OC picnic in West Baraboo where between 50 and 75 people were carrying as well. A wedding party came to the park to take pictures, no panic, no 911 calls, parents and children came to the park to play in the playground, no screaming, shootouts or blood in the streets.
It seems that Madison is the only place in the state where the police think they are above the law and that the Constitution doesn't apply to them.
Paul L Fisher