I have to also disagree with his open carry position, especially with the scenario he gave. The guy walks in with a slung rifle, that’s fine as long as he doesn’t put his hands on it. That’s a normal exercise of Second Amendment rights and not a problem. Now if a guy walks in wearing a ski mask with the rifle held at the low ready, then that is a problem, condition red, get ready to defend yourself and others. And what would be the difference if the guy was wearing a business suit and carrying a slung AK? Or if he’s still in Bermuda shorts and a “Don’t Tread on Me” t-shirt but he’s only carrying a slung Ruger 10-22, is that okay? It all depends on the totality of the situation, and the person’s actions and demeanor are important, not what he’s wearing.
My law enforcement volunteer group used to have work parties on the weekends, and we would go to the local Subway for lunch wearing our duty weapons on our hips. Just like Peaches57′s comment, no one ever looked twice at us, because that’s pretty normal here in Phoenix. It should be normal everywhere, IMHO.
Sorry Tarantulas, but I'll have to disagree. Whether a rifle or shotgun is carried muzzle-down, muzzle up or in a horizontal "Patrol Slung" position, there are still far more chances for an accidental discharge or, at the very least, some frightening moments.
For starters, it's almost impossible to carry a rifle or shotgun slung without having to handle it a bit. And every single time you put a hand on that weapon, people wonder what you're up to. You find yourself "shifting" it so you can sit down, or so you can stand up without it slipping from your shoulder. You find yourself just wanting to move it around because your shoulder gets tired of the weight. You find it bumping things, knocking things around and generally making those around you pretty damned uncomfortable.
I've seen both AK's and AR's "go off" when dropped. I've seen idiots - supposed professionals - accidentally hook their thumb on the trigger while unslinging both rifles and shotguns and blow holes in walls, ceilings and floors.
Yes, I've seen a couple of pistols fire accidentally when dropped, but that is much rarer than accidents with long arms. C'mon; I grew up around people who handled firearms damned near every day of their lives. I served with men who used them seriously on a regular basis and rarely went anywhere without them. I am ALWAYS armed - at home or out in public, but people normally have no reason to know it, because I don't usually bring attention to it.
 January 19, 2015 at 11:51am
A “heroine” stain which was actually heroin, and in another story, a “tire iron” which was actually a lug wrench. And the “Instant Checkmate” page which keeps showing up again and again. Seems like The Blaze needs some quality control.
This article and this issue is not about “religious extremists everywhere.” It is specifically about Islam and the murderous habits of its adherents. Every time the Islamists kill a bunch of innocents in the name of Allah, the apologists always come out from under their rocks, saying “Oh, but Christians do this too. All religions are evil.” No they don’t and no they aren’t. Only Islam does this.
i had a conversation today where the lady commented that islam is peaceful. i asked her if she remembers her stance on #bringbackourgirls (which she did and again said we need to do something to get those girls home to their families) and I pointed to boko haram as the culprit, an Islamic group. she said she did not know boko haram was islamic. she admitted to not watching the news but from reading Facebook posts about anti Muslim sediment. she admitted that she has no outside information except from her Muslim friends on Facebook!
keep in mind, this woman is in her late 50s, is very overweight, divorced twice and looking to date. her first response was from a 24 year old in egypt who wants to move to canada and get married. he also asked her if she was willing to convert???
he pursued her for 6 months trying to get her to get him a sponsored job, she even asked me to hire him. he dropped off the earth after she could not arrange what he wanted. it's not my place to tell her that she was being dumb!
December 16, 2014 at 5:29pm
It’s hard to watch actual conservatives jumping on the “militarized police” hating bandwagon. To me, this is obviously the same type of issue that the liberals had when they coined the term “assault weapon.” If I put a folding stock and a pistol grip on my Ruger Mini-14, it would be defined as an “assault weapon” under the 1994 law. And if a police officer puts on a ballistic helmet and vest and drives a mine-resistant vehicle down the street, the left-wingers start calling him “militarized.” He’s the same guy that he was when he was wearing his police uniform, but putting on the protective gear scares liberals, just like putting that pistol grip on my rifle scares liberals. It’s a cosmetic issue that means nothing in the real world. It just gives liberals an enemy to demonstrate against. It’s in the same vein as as Dow Chemical and GMOs, Dick Cheney and Halliburton, and the “endangered” Monarch Butterfly – fluff and nonsense.
When officers start carrying hand grenades, using mortars, and calling in air strikes on shoplifters, then we can call them “militarized.” But the people who criticize police officers for being well protected are really on the wrong track. When police officers abuse their power and hurt innocent people, then they can and should be brought to justice. But I have a mental picture of a whole bunch of lefties laughing at us for criticizing the police department’s wardrobe and their motor pool. Really, we have many more important issues to discuss than this
“This video has been removed because its content violated YouTube’s Terms of Service.”
Meanwhile, the video of the ISIS terrorist lecturing the world in front of a collection of gruesome decapitated heads was reviewed after my complaint and judged to be not in violation.
 July 25, 2014 at 9:25pm
Except that’s not what happened. They didn’t have to contact Facebook or his ISP. They have a group of followers called #SocialMediaSlueths who started posting information about his family and his Facebook page. Then apparently someone called in some tips, and the police nabbed him.
On July 23, 2014, the Anne Arundel County Police Department profiled Roger Ray Ireland during its “#WantedWednesday” feature. Social Media Sleuths (#SocialMediaSlueths) as the police department calls their online social media family, immediately begin sharing Ireland’s picture. Roger Ireland himself then commented on the Facebook thread saying “Y’all will never catch me…” referencing his attempts to continue to elude the police.
On July 24, 2014, detectives from the Intelligence Unit followed up on some tips received as to the whereabouts of Ireland.
Detectives were able to locate Ireland in South Baltimore near the Anne Arundel County line at approximately 1:00 p.m. They executed a traffic stop on the vehicle that he was in and he was taken into custody without incident. Ireland was taken to the Northern District and served with an outstanding warrant for violation of probation.
Tainted, that is a link to the “Lifehacks” YouTube channel, which is all about dating and not about freedom. I was looking forward to another saveuschuckwoolery experience.
May 18, 2013 at 11:56am
I wish no one knew what Michael Moore looked like. It seems to me that we should be opposing his liberal views, but his body mass index shouldn’t be part of the discussion. By calling him fat, we are resorting to the tactics of the left. By discussing numbers and facts, we are discussing things from a conservative point of view. Let’s not allow the “progressives” to keep dragging us down into the gutter to mud wrestle with them on their level. We’re better than that.
February 5, 2013 at 3:50pm
No. This is a “man bites dog” story. These stories are always big news, precisely because they happen so rarely. Unfortunately it is not rare to see the cop-haters come out from under their rocks to bash the police. They don’t get much chance to do that during normal news days. I suspect that many or most of these cop-haters have spent some time involuntarily inspecting the inside of a jail cell. Yes, these officers did bad things. No, most officers are not dishonest and corrupt.
January 18, 2013 at 6:20pm
I saw him on Jay Leno’s show one evening talking about his sleep apnea. He said that he had gone through a sleep study, and the results were that he was waking up 45 times per minute. Of course that is ridiculous, and he meant 45 times per hour. I believe that Tom is so eager to speak that he doesn’t think about what he’s saying. If he sat down and thought about it for a minute, he would probably realize that the hunter he saw didn’t have “hot firepower” after all. Although, on the same show he was talking about waking up with the sleep apnea breathing mask on his face, and when trying to take it off rapidly, he broke his nose. So maybe he really is an idiot.
January 10, 2013 at 1:08pm
They weren’t “marauding” or “brandishing.” They were exercising their Second Amendment rights, just as their detractors exercised their First Amendment rights to criticize them. These guys should walk around armed every day, until the hand-wringers stop being disturbed and upset and accept that open carry is a Constitutional right.
All 2nd Amendment supporters need to start exercising their right to bear arms...even in public.
It's only ok to use a gun if your a liberal BP supporter. Holoder is now involved with the NRA meeting's at the W.H. This need's to be brought up.http://www.theblaze.com/stories/report-did-eric-holder-participate-in-armed-occupation-of-columbia-rotc-office/
People never should have stopped carrying around their guns in the first place.
LOL. Yessiree Skippy
Wyoming Lawmakers Propose ‘Gun Protection’ Legislation
"Several Wyoming lawmakers are proposing legislation designed to protect gun-owners from any potential federal firearm ban. The “Firearms Protection Act” bill, introduced this week, would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries."
"Anyone trying to enforce a federal gun ban could face felony charges under the proposal. It also includes a provision allowing the Wyoming Attorney General’s office to defend any state resident against any federal firearm ban."
Americans have only really seen guns in public when a killer or criminal is holding one. They need to see guns held by responsible law abiding citizens in public.
The guy has been doing this since 2011 at least. Here’s one of his 1st videos, shows a good explanation of his purpose and how nervous he made them at the beginning:
When did gun-carrying citizens disappear from main street? Was it with the hiring of police departments? Was it with the increase in autos? Did it change with the industries? Is it due to Vetcare for animals, peta, or love children of the 60's? I grew-up in NJ 1960's parents "no guns or even talk of guns", (that I know of which my dad may have had but no...did have toys and brother's BB guns). I wonder whether my grandparents....or great grandparents. Or anyone other then x-military. Did the hostility start in the NE and jump to California with the transport of nyc movie makers? and spread?
I would probably keep an eye on those guys while within range, but at a range it wouldn't matter. They also, have the disadvantage of falling into the age group and race of these mass shooters.
The problem is the left wing propaganda machine has created a wussy, frightened american public. Firearms awareness used to be part of normal society. It needs to get back to that. Allowing liberals irrational fear to control our rights has got to stop.
“I think our right to a peaceful quiet school day comes before their right to brandish their rifles in a family-oriented neighborhood.”
Sorry, you don't have the "right to a peaceful quiet school day". It just doesn't exist. You do have the right to defend yourself and do your best to keep it peaceful, yourself. But no, you don't have the right to "a peaceful day".
If that mother of the 9 yr old was frightened, that is a personal problem. My right to carry doesn't depend on someone else's warm fuzzy feeling. Don't like it? Tough, get over it. It is something you're going to need to come to terms with, lady.
We're here, we're armed, get used to it.
I live in OR near this area. I own guns and understand the statement they were making. But, they should remember it was "20-something" young men with AR-15's that did the last few mass killings (like the one in the nearby Clackamas, OR shopping mall 2 weeks before Xmas) that killed two, wounded one. Before that it was Aurora, CO.
It is just bad PR for honest gun owners, that's all.
I would love for society to see firearms this way, but we can't force it upon people. I love where their heads are at, but this is not the way to prove your point. I'm glad they weren't breaking any laws. Hopefully Texas will soon adopt open carry so I don't have to worry about printing anymore.
"...why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanised state system presided over by criminals and drunks? Is your spirit already so crushed by abuse that you forget it is your right - or rather, your moral duty - to eliminate this system?" (From White Rose Leaflet 3)
“Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.”
― Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers
We can thank biden and crew for this.....
a visibly armed society is a VERY polite society.. I've open carried now for over 30 years, ive been accustomed to being stopped by the police and questioned over 100 times over the 30 years and once the police know who you are and that you pose no threat, they often times become very friendly.
SADLY newer recruits of the mafia, erm I meant police, are seemingly brainwashed into thinking that NO ONE BUT THEM should have guns, but once you ask them for a certified copy of their hazard bond "WHICH NO POLICE OFFICER HAS EVER BEEN ABLE TO PRODUCE FOR ME TO DATE" they tend to go away!
There is a video everyone needs to see to know 5 simple facts on guns, schools, and safety: http://www.thedailycandidate.com/video/2013/jan/facts_guns_school.html
I'd be willing to be they won't get robbed or attacked.
Bet the crime rate goes WAY down in that neighboorhood
Here is the problem, this is freaky to people who are not used to seeing guns carried around. And these guys were just walking aimlessly around, it was not like they were going about daily business with a firearm strapped to their side. I would have called them in too, and probably kept my legal concealed firearm at hand until the police got there. This behavior was meant to draw attention and it did. I have been on my way hiking or hunting and walked into a public place with a firearm holstered at my side and no one called the police. Yes I live in Montana, but aside from that I was going about normal business and not behaving strangely. Walking aimlessly up public streets with 3 guns strapped to you, would draw suspicion from even this pro-gun mother.
Ok I support them to the fullest...bbbuuuuuuttttt that dude look like a wierdo! Just saying, it was probably the OD Army Jacket, the crazy beard and the bright green earring....not the Mossy on his back!!!!
Sorry Obama but YOU do not speak for ALL of us!
Those people got it wrong he used 3 pistols not a semi rifle. And if more people cared , less likey a bad person would be shooting others ,
Tarantulas (I hate spiders) and Leslie, I agree with you both.
Isn't there a difference between exercising your second amendment rights and walking around with AR-15 type weapons?
Who would not be scared seeing two people with what they perceive to be military-style weapons. If anything, I believe this hurts the cause of responsible gun owners. Moderate "mom and pop" voters with young kids may change their views on gun control legislation if more people openly carry assault rifles in downtown areas near their children.
What is the Problem?
Paraniod anti-gun fanatics?
Yeah, THEY are the problem.
Check out this American Patriot taking an AR-15 to an Obama Rally.
I applaud these guys for breaking the fear-bias mold by exercising their Constitutional right. We need MORE of this.
God Bless them !
Too bad these guys weren't walking around Sandy Hook when the tragedy occured.
They are law Abiding, so they would have not entered the "sitting duck zone".
Who's to blame for Sandy Hook ? The perpertrator AND our GOVERNMENT.
Remember, Your "government" slaughtered 21 innocent children in WACO.
We need to do this more in states where it is legal. To normalize people to the real law and stop them from being scared, That is what this government does with TSA and all the other unlawful things. So we get use to being assaulted and having our rights stripped away
also to scare the hell out of criminals so there won't be as much crime.
I have been carrying without a permit (permission) for over 17 years now.
The second Amendment never said I had to get some bureaucrats permission. lol.
The International Banksters can go f#@k themselves !!!!
From the poll results it shows that a big chunk of people do not understand the 2nd Amendment.
To Keep means owns and To Bear means to carry.
The polls are scary. Go to Gunsite everyone there has to carry, from the Lunch Lady to the head instructor. What is good PR for gun owners? Do as the government say?
Isn't amazing that if (wanted) children who are killed at the age of five is a horrible tragedy but nothing is said about the (unwanted) hundreds of baby's killed every day!
where exactly does it say "in public" in the 2nd amendment? these two are idiots!
You wouldn't think this poll was from a "conservative" website.
This wasn't a HUFFPO survey ?????
What is the Matter with 61% of you ?
Did you not notice the part of the Article that stated "Police were called, but because Oregon state law permits the open carrying of firearms, the men WEREN'T BREAKING ANY LAWS ?????
100% LEGAL and almost 61% of the "conservatives" ( minus the 10% trolls =over 50%)
Have an ISSUE with this.
Why would 38% of you think someone who is 100% within thier right, is "asking for Trouble"?
I will tell you why. It is called Ideological subversion or active measures. (Brainwashing)
I live in NJ, and I feel like I don't live in America anymore.
and those cops, nothing against them, except they are uniformed in black, like gestapo, and they are scared, cuz "sheeple" caring bigger guns, then theirs.
I voted "Great. They're acting lawfully and exercising their rights." Personally, I would wear a suit and be clean cut if I were walking down the street with my rifle. I wouldn't be dressed like I just came out of the army depot.
Posted on January 10, 2013 at 9:15pm
and those cops, nothing against them, except they are uniformed in black, like gestapo, and they are scared, cuz “sheeple” caring bigger guns, then theirs.
Actually the police officer in the video was very polite and reasonable. Did we see the same video? I saw a police officer but you saw the gestapo??
To anybody who has worked in law enforcement; you know a few that would kick their own grandma in the jaw for a promotion or special assignment. Most cops are Vets, except the new breed . A message should inform cops of the history of guns, the real 2nd ammendment reasons and not the msnbc duck hunting philosophy. Let the Cops know that regular honest, law obeying gun owners will not tolerate cops, military or femacorps(obama nazi youth) taking guns. Most military know this and is probably the reason for the armed fema corps or obama youth nazzis.
This cop acted very professional for such a young guy. My bet he is a vet, not a new breeder.
The anti-gun agenda has worked overtime to change the nation's view. When I grew up everybody had a rifle or shotgun mounted on their work vehicle to take care of business if a pack of coyotes was picking off your sheep herd or your prize calves. Drop your kids off at school no problem. Farmers & ranchers open carry of guns was not seen as a threat to the school. Because farmers & ranchers were not seen as a threat they were the backbone of the community. Now the community looks at farmers as uneducated hicks (not true) because the media & teachers portray them that way. It's all about the message & this nation has been getting the wrong message for decades which now results in the current moral decay & people acting like peaceable people carrying guns is so disturbing to them.
“That’s not the purpose of the Second Amendment, to frighten citizens, .... And I don’t think there’s anyone who can argue, especially after the tragedy where so many children were killed – nobody can argue that it’s not scary to have people marauding around Sellwood with guns.” -TheBlaze article
"Officers said carrying firearms openly is legal in Oregon and carrying a concealed gun is legal with a valid license, according to the station. But doing one or both may generate 911 calls and possibly tie up resources that are needed for a real emergency. ... The Portland Police Bureau, however, asks anyone who sees someone armed with guns to immediately call 911." -FoxNews article
Liberals(commies) have stolen the conversation. Past time for American's to take back the language, take back the conversation, take back our rights, take back America.
Very scary in the land of patchouli and sand candles! As a child of Oregon I would encourage you to grow a pair.
The only problem I have is that they probably aren't carring ammo!
That could be a problem if a gang banger wanted to take the guns.
One summer I walked into the train station in Zurich, Switzerland and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a civilian getting off a train carrying a machine gun slung over his shoulder. A couple seconds later a second and then a third man appeared from different directions and nonchalantly went about their business with assault rifles slung on their shoulders and I realized that I was seeing members of the Swiss militia on their way to or from their usual training sessions. BTW, this American was the only one surprised by the sight, their countrymen didn't look twice at the militia members or the sturmgewehre they carried.
What do you know about an AR-15? It's just a rifle like all other rifles you can get. They make it LOOK like a military tactical weapons but they are FAR from it. They are no different from your basic hunting rifle. I bullet per trigger pull. The people who are all up in arms about the AR-15 haven't' a clue what it is. People like that ignorant Brit Piers Morgan seem to think it's a fully automatic machine-gun. PLUS the number of people killed with long guns (rifles) is miniscule compared to the number of people killed with hand guns yet none of the idiotic anti-gun people making most of the noise are even mentioning hand guns.
Sounds Great - Lets prove a point even if it kills us!