Friday, July 3, 2009

Open Carry Gun Crazies try to Endanger Public by Scaring them into Acceptance

Nationwide, open carry and concealed carry advocates are pushing our communities into a state of fear, by first scaring people into acceptance, and also challenging armed criminals to a showdown. This is a slow process of social deterioration. Even gun nuts admit, as I’ve included below, not every proponent of open and concealed carry rights are stable upstanding citizens who are able to temper their enthusiasm. What’s even more outrageous is the fact that advocates willing to push the limits are not speaking from within the state, but are outsiders on a mission to force their agenda on others.

"The Capital Times: With two area murders in the past two weeks, two officers shot, and a popular candy store owner killed in Milwaukee -- all by gunfire -- it might seem to be an odd time to try to get more guns on the street. "That's just all the more reason why the good guys ought to be able to carry their guns," says Mark Stollenwerk, co-founder of, a Virginia-based pro-gun website that has targeted Wisconsin for a media and lobbying campaign to loosen restrictions on guns. Stollenwerk says of the 44 states that allow citizens to openly carry firearms, Wisconsin has the most obstacles in place…"

The next idea is the dangerous proposition that no-gun zones only encourage crazy people to attack, a shameless ploy of fear mongering. You’ll also meet Candace Dainty, who wants guns everywhere, even after admitting candidly that she’s afraid of some of the people within the legal, safe and sane community of gun advocacy.

"You make a store or a school or a bank a no-gun zone, you make it a prime target for somebody who wants to shoot the place up," says Sauk City gun advocate Candace Dainty. Dainty, statewide organizer for the national group Second Amendment Sisters, is outspoken in her belief that guns -- carried in the open or concealed -- should be allowed anywhere: schools, public buildings, hospitals.

Earlier this year, she tried to organize a rally to take place on June 16 on the grounds of the State Capitol. She scrubbed the plan, ironically, because she was afraid of who might show up with a gun. Reading an online forum on, she came upon discussions among several people who planned to show up with long guns, which would have taken the event in an unintended direction, she says.

"In every whole group, you're going to have a nut case or two," she says. "And my rally drew out the nut cases."

And carrying guns in public won’t draw out the nut cases?

Last word:

But a Google news search for accidental shootings reveals the downside of gun ownership: There's the 3-year-old girl in Bakersfield, Calif., who found a .45-caliber handgun under her parents' bed and shot her 2-year-old brother dead; the Newton County, Texas, man who went to his trailer home to retrieve a .40-caliber Glock pistol to settle a property dispute but instead shot his fiance in the head; the Hiram, Ohio, man who killed his 58-year-old wife while he was cleaning his gun.

But’s Stollenwerk is quick to provide the positives: the far more rare but less tragic stories of crimes thwarted by plucky armed citizens.

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