A Unitarian Universalist church might well be the last place you'd expect to
find someone wearing a gun. From WTMJ4:
Maybe that's why Krysta Sutterfield chose the Unitarian church in Brookfield for an open-carry demonstration … By the time three squad cars arrived, Sutterfield was driving away. She was stopped, and police found the loaded 9mm gun in a zipped case on the passenger seat. She was handcuffed, taken to the police station, processed and ticketed for having the loaded gun in her car.It's just one example of "conservative chaos" foisted off onto the public as some kind of social experiment with bullets.
Caryl Sewel, president of the congregation at Unitarian Universalist Church West, said "I didn't feel comfortable asking her why she was wearing the gun. Truthfully, we found it very intimidating," especially in light of the 2005 shootings at a church service at a Brookfield hotel that left eight people dead, and a 2008 shooting at a Unitarian church in Tennessee that killed two people … other members did ask Sutterfield, and she replied she was expressing her 2nd Amendment rights.
Last year, state AG J.B. Van Hollen advised law enforcement that open-carry was not, in itself, a basis for a charge of disorderly conduct. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the 2nd Amendment right of most individuals to possess firearms applies to the states, and within a day, one Wisconsin district attorney said he would no longer prosecute cases of concealed carry or transporting uncased or loaded guns in vehicles. A challenge to Wisconsin law banning guns within 1,000 feet of a school is pending in federal court.Remember the open carry advocate robbed of his gun by an armed thief who targeted him for...his handgun.
Jeri Bonavia, executive director of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, disagrees with the basic open-carry tenet that armed law-abiding people deter criminals. "When people make a decision to carry a gun or that a gun will keep them safer, they have the opportunity to analyze risks and benefits. They get to decide," she Bonavia said. "But when they bring it into public, they're forcing their analysis on all of us." Broad research shows, she said, that "guns, overall, do not promote public or personal safety."