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"What would you do if you walked into a downtown McDonald's and were confronted with a group of men carrying guns? If you are like most of us, you would probably flee for your life and then immediately call the cops."
REALLY? That's just dumb, that McDonald's would be THE safest place in town to be in at that moment!
"There is simply no rationale for the open carrying of weapons, an act which itself can be viewed as a provocation."
Again, REALLY? How about the fact the felons in 10 prisons across the US were interviewed and this is what the folons themselves said about guns:
60% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they
knew the victim was armed. 40% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided
committing crimes when they thought the victim might be armed.
A survey of felons revealed the following:
74% of felons agreed that "one reason burglars avoid houses when people are at
home is that they fear being shot during the crime."
57% of felons polled agreed, "criminals are more worried about meeting an armed
victim than they are about running into the police."
It seems as if Mr. Hilsman and his supporters have at least one thing in common with the majority of felons - they are afaid of law abiding citizens carrying guns for self protection.