Guy goes into JC Penny carrying weapons to prove guns are not scary, man scares the hell out of shoppers

January 17, 2013
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So imagine this, especially in the wake of the Newtown massacre. You’re shopping in JC Penny’s just as Cindy Yorgason was. You’re in line and see a guy  with “a large gun.” So you take a second look. Mr. Man is carrying ammunition clips and another firearm in his holster. So, you kind of freak out. But, not to worry because Mr. Man was just demonstrating how guns are not scary by scaring the fuck out of the other customers, who were NOT there prove anything — just shop.

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Pic and H/T: Political Carnival. 

Sltrib.com reports:

Yorgason said the rifle was slung across the back of the man in front of her. When she looked closer, she saw that he also had extra ammunition clips and a sidearm in a holster on his right hip.

It wasn’t small,” Yorgason said of the pistol.

Amid a “lot of raised eyebrows” Yorgason quickly snapped a pair of photos, which she said have been going viral on Facebook ever since. She also said the first store clerk the man approached refused to serve him and everyone in the vicinity “wanted to get away.”

Thursday, 22-year-old Joseph Kelley identified himself as the man in Yorgason’s pictures. Kelley described himself as a firm believer in Second Amendment rights and said he decided to bring the guns to the store to demonstrate that they are not dangerous in the hands of law abiding citizens.

According to Kelley, the rifle was an unloaded AR-15 and the handgun was a loaded Glock 19C. He said he has a concealed carry permit, is a former member of the military and contacted police dispatch before leaving his home to tell them about his plans. Kelley also said he was told that he was “well within his rights” and that bystanders’ reactions were positive.

“I felt no negative vibes from anyone,” Kelley said. “I think it went rather surprisingly well.”

If by well, he meant that people wanted to get away from his as quickly as possible, then yes, he did a bang up job!

I know it’s difficult for some of you ‘patriots’ to grasp but in today’s society, if we’re out shopping, sometimes we just want to shop. He couldn’t even wait until Gun Appreciation Day. This is not responsible gun ownership. If any sane person is shopping next to this guy who seems to be in Army-mode, dressed in his manly gear, we’re going to wonder, “Why didn’t he leave his guns in his vehicle unless he plans to use them in here?”

I once had a gun pulled on me. It was ages ago. i wouldn’t have been as calm as these shoppers, who tried to slowly back away from Mr. Man. As I recall, I started yelling, “Mother fucker’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!” Unfortunately, that’s a true story. He ran. Most people do when they hear my loud voice when it’s in survival mode.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/walldodger Wall Dodger

    I really wish I was there … would have called him an idiot.

  • Combat Chuck

    It is our right as Americans to carry arms. people claim to be so smart but they dont even know thier own rights. there is more than one amendment that expresses our right to carry and police. Just because guns are scary doesnt mean we should make them TABOO. Ignorance solves nothing. If you Deny your rights You are a slap in the face to those fighting for them. Just because you are scared of something doesnt mean you should push your fear on those who are not!!! I choose fight not flight…

  • Fezzig

    As a Gun Toting American, I think that this was a Brilliant move on the part of Mr. Kelley. He went about it the entirely correct way. The bigoted influence of the author is superseded by the italicized quotation of what really happened. This country needs to realize that Guns do not kill people by themselves. Stop worrying about controlling the guns, and control the people who use them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000149427655 Gary DuPont

    All a business needs to do, is tell him to leave. A business has full rights to have no weapons on THEIR property. little man there seems to think he is smart, but he is an idiot, just has a weapon is all.

  • Jason

    Well if yall shit white folks stop randomly walking into places and killing everybody maybe yall can keep yohf guns

  • joseph case

    Ok,so,the guns are scary.He did prove that not everyone with an assault style weapon is going to the mall to kill everyone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000788363512 Mo Reno

      And not every Muslim with a box cutter taking over an airplane wants to fly it into the World Trade Center.

      • joseph case

        Come on,that statement is just silly.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000788363512 Mo Reno

          Why? It contains just as many bullsh!t caveats and logical fallacies as your posts here.

  • Lorna

    I probably would have walked over and asked him “Buddy. What’s the matter? You’re penis ain’t long enough?”

    • joseph case

      How terrible that you ridicule this person for being different.He does this thing in his way,well within his rights and everyone freaks out.He hurt no one,attacked no one,hurt no one.
      What an ugly attitude you have,I bet your bully and treat people terribly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1233075282 Thomas Kuhn

    While I agree this is not the best way to support the second amendment it depends what part of the country you live as to the reaction you would receive. In the North East it could cause a panic. In parts of the country where the gun culture is strong and crime is low it might raise an eyebrow. Someone would think maybe the guys car lock is broken or he needed to make sure a part he was shopping for fit.
    I have carried a handgun for 38 years as a federal officer and now as a retiree I carry concealed. Carrying open makes you first target if you happen to walk into a robbery.

  • tony30088

    Looks like an AR-15 is about to get a new owner to me. I laugh at these guy out and about showing off their guns, then someone sneaks up behind with a bigger gun and takes their weapons.

  • TurboKitty

    Is it just me, or are these people just too idiotic to peek outside of their own box long enough to realize that EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT PERCEPTIONS?!!??!?

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