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.
Pic and H/T: Political Carnival.
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.