Gun rights group plans to pack heat at Open Streets

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The Carry Forum wants to give a 2nd Amendment flavor to this year's Open Streets events.
:::: UPDATE :::: Twin Cities Gun Owners cancel "Open Streets -- Open Carry" events

The Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum is planning a string of "Open Streets -- Open Carry" events this summer.

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"As part of our ongoing mission to showcase 'pro-active visibility' of law abiding gun owners, we're taking advantage of meeting up during this series of five public events planned by another organization ("Open Streets Minneapolis"), but we're adding our own twist by encouraging 'open carry' for pro-active, positive visibility of law abiding gun owners participating in normal social activity... Like normal people!" a post on the Carry Forum's Facebook page says.

"These are highly public events that will have large public attendance and media coverage. This is a great opportunity for us to positively interact, so put your best foot forward," the post continues.

In other words, please don't shoot anybody, you guys!

Here's a flyer the Carry Forum is distributing with more information about the get-togethers, which are described as "NOT 'rallies' or 'protests.' It's simply friends and new friends meeting for social activity. Period."

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mikeross1809
mikeross1809

I think this is great. I wish I lived closer so that I could participate in this. Has anyone heard that they might be trying to outlaw certain gun safes in Canada? Someone at work was talking about it. I can't find anything to back it up,but I'm still curious.

www.safeworld.ca

Marc Olivier
Marc Olivier

I spent a little time reading the blog, and the responses. It's typical of the entire scenario around "gun" control. A handful of people attempt to dominate the issue, claim they want to "engage" people in a "conversation", which turns out to be one-sided because they cut lines of communication in a variety of ways. On another page, they block pro-gun rights folks from any and all comments. On City Pages response threads, 5-6 people, beginning with the blogger, start right off hurling insults, name-calling, taunts, threats and of course, misrepresentations, distortions and lies. Needless to say, YOU are the ones who set the tone for violent confrontations. YOU are the ones drawing an analogy to the Westboro Baptist Church. The truth of it is, YOU would be the ones to start any violence. That's why you're so intimidated by the presence of people well-positioned and trained to defend themselves. YOU know your usual tactics of mobbing others won't work. So your fallback position is to retreat to a blog like this, and have a verbal tantrum. "How do I explain to my children,..." you say. Well, one commenter said it would be safer to skip this event and stay home. Maybe. Lotta people dying at home, and not peacefully. And not all by guns. And you, worried about explaining things to your children. Just how often do you talk to your children about anything? I ask, because there's apparently a long-running heroin epidemic in Minnesota that's gotten worse, the law of the land has seen fit to allow girls of *any* age free access to birth control OTC, if you get stopped by police and don't feel like answering, your silence will be used against you in court unless you say the magic words (you're so goddamn smart, you look 'em up), and you just narrowly missed having your DNA owned by a corporation. You don't like being around someone who open carries, fine and dandy, I bet they don't want you around them under any circumstances; given how you act here, you're likely to be far worse in person. The open carry folks plan on bringing their children. I'm willing to bet, they'll be watched and supervised and courteous, but above all, they'll be safe. Safety at your gun-free zones is something you're choosing to leave to chance and the considerations of someone who chooses to violate the mandates, usually with bad intention. In other words, gun-free zones aren't safe. And for the post who didn't like the idea that someone with open carry would get more space in a crowd. Yeah, some people want more space. Your post seems to indicate YOU want to be the "decider in chief" of who gets more body space and who doesn't. Well, you don't get to do that. And that makes me happy. And most of you anti-gunners, you just can't seem to help yourselves, you go right to talking about genitalia. What the hell is wrong with you? You're not talking about something you have ANY right to have access to, so why bring it up? You sound like you're eager to get out and molest someone.God forbid, you get caught trying it with a child. Maybe you should be afraid. But this is my humble observations, thoughts and opinions. I could sum it all up in two words for you anti-gunners, directed at you, but I'll leave the thoughtless vulgarity, lies and bs to you.

kezaezy
kezaezy

The most dickish thing about the Twin-Citie's-Gun-Owners-and-Carry-Forum plan is that, it's decided -- not for anything Open Streets has ever done to them-- to dump all over Open Street's event. Gun Owners hasn't expressed any interest in, or support of, the Open Streets concept: introducing people to the idea of motor-less avenues where folks can bike, trike, rollerblade, wagon, walk and mingle free of traffic. Nope. They just heard there was a party and decided to crash it.

Consequently, a lot of folks (especially parents) will decide to skip Open Streets entirely. Thus, ruining Open Streets efforts.

What dicks!!!!

Gun Owners will bleat, "it's our right!' and "people need to get used to us responsible gun owners." It doesn't matter to them that we may have a different set of values to pass on to our children and grandchildren. Gun Owners will decide what's best for us. But do you think they will bare any responsibility if something goes terribly, terribly I wrong? No. It says right there in their call-to-action flyer, "We are not responsible for you [other gun toters]"

Some of these self absorbed gun pushers will ask how them showing up armed to public events is any different than "the gays" pushing for equal rights. Unless you were actually born with a gun for a penis, brandishing your gun everywhere you go is -- unlike sexual orientation -- a lifestyle choice.

I am so angry at these mofus. Just another version of Westboro Baptist Church.

I'm so sorry Open Streets. You're a wonderful organization and don't deserve this bullshit.

yuppy
yuppy

You all realize that they have already achieved their goal. They wanted to begin a discussion, and educate people that open carry is legal in MN. Job done. 

CM Hal
CM Hal

Given what portions of our gov't are really up to, everyone experienced and comfortable with a firearm should have a PTC ...

kezaezy
kezaezy

It's like my dad always said, 'just because you can doesn't mean you should.' (Think Westboro Baptist Church showing up to funerals). This group has decided to turn Open Street's event (a day the organization has been planning for, what, a year?) into a gun-toter's sideshow. At the very least they're being huge dicks (with, ironically, small dicks). At worst, they're burdening Open Streets with the expense of extra security and, God forbid, setting the stage for a tragic accident.

kezaezy
kezaezy

You're "hoping" it's going to be a positive thing? You don't "think" bad guys will be showing up?

How dare you insert your extreme, intentionally provocative and widely offensive politics into this peaceful community-building event!

If I wanted my five-year-old granddaughter to experience the thrill of political squawking, I'd take take her to a rally; if I wanter her to learn how to talk to belligerent people I'd take her to the jailhouse at bar closing; and if I wanted her to learn to get comfortable around guns, I'd take her to a shooting range.

This is like being invited to a family pot-luck picnic and showing up, not with potato salad, but with cartons of cigarettes. This is not appropriate Get. A. Clue.

LimaBN
LimaBN

There certainly are a lot of guys with tiny little dicks who just have to get that feeling of manly superiority that comes with people giving you a little extra room.  Plus, they get to look each other in the eye and nod to each other, affirming their mutual superiority over the untermenschen.  Best of all, they never have to submit to any reality checks, because they've got a 5-4 majority on the US Supreme Court - this year.

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

You definitely have the right to be wrong. Ain't it a great country.

Brah
Brah

Guns are for pussies who aren't smart enough to solve a problem with words, and not tough enough to get into a fist fight.  fuck the 2nd amendment, and fuck your gun.

Brandy DuToit
Brandy DuToit

If those who wish to carry rely on our rights to do so, then it's also imperative they recognize freedom of speech as well. Some people will accept conceal and carry, some will not, but everyone has a right to freely discuss it.

kennyX
kennyX

I love it how most of you on here are ridiculing a group of people who stand not only for their beliefs but also their rights. You use derogatory language (insinuating that they are all trailer trash, drive big pick-ups, wave Confederate flags, wife beater bumper stickers, etc.). But it is OK to make fun of them. 

Yet when anyone ***FUCKING DARED*** question whether gay marriage (a belief and supposedly a right) should be legal in MN, all of you were the first to cast stones on them and scream "BIGOTS!!!"  So it is OK for the members of the "Party of the Tolerant" to be intolerant of others whom they disagree with, but if ***ANYONE*** disagrees with their agenda, they are called names and ridiculed. So fucking classy. 

Once again, you show your true colors. 

But the funny thing is that I will bet you $1 that there be not *ONE* incident of robberies or muggings during these events. If I am wrong, I will pay each one of you $1 who dares to make a bet with me........................................

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

It's Well Regulated Militia necessary to the security of a free state. Which means that the people should have the right to bear the same type of armament that the Government uses. If it is benevolent Government that believes in the Freedom of The People it would concur. Why is Big Sis and Homeland Security buying hundreds of thousands of Hollow Point Rounds which are even against the Geneva Convention ??? Is it to use on The People.

kezaezy
kezaezy

Oh, hey everybody, we can all go home now because the Voice of Reason has arrived!

Oops, never mind. Voice of Reason began his/her post bemoaning the insults and vulgarity being thrown around. But by the end of the post was suggesting "anti gunners" are pedofiles.

He/she is either very forgetful or a big fat hypocrite.

Oh well.

BTW, I challenge any of you planning to arm yourselves for Open Streets to explain the event to us. Do you have any idea what it's about? Any at all? (Hint: it's not an art fair and its not a food-truck fest).

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Marc Olivier Er... might want to google the word "violent" boss.

yuppy
yuppy

@kezaezy Huh? Open Streets? Fuck open streets. It's the uptown art fair made mobile.  Big deal. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

@kezaezy Yep... "hoping," and "thinking."

 Extreme, provocative, and offensive right there.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Brah 

Whoa, watch out!

 We got a badass over here.

kennyX
kennyX

@Brandy DuToit Liberals will not allow anyone to freely discuss anything counterpoint to what their leaders have brainwashed them into believing. Take a look at 99% of the responses on here. Liberals are the most prejudiced, racist (against whites, of course), narrow-minded people in this nation. Their hearts are filled with hatred and rage towards those who are economically superior to them. They call them "greedy"; yet they somehow expect these "greedy" people to have their earnings raped of them to give to the poor and lazy (their term: economic equality; see Marxism). This topic is far beyond the gun issue. The Liberals detest anyone who owns a firearm for personal protection or for any other reason. Why? Because they have been told (lied to) by their Liberal leaders that guns are the #1 cause of violent crime in America (of course, conveniently omitting the fact that 99.999% of these gun deaths are caused by guns obtained illegally....but we'll just pretend to forget that part! Because facts and statistics shall have NO part in the Liberal agenda). Instead they just give us the "facts" that nations who have outright gun bans (Australia, Japan, etc.) have absolute zero gun deaths  (yet conveniently failing to mention that these nations have higher (non-gun) violent death crimes than America and a net higher violent crime rate (Google it). 

So why do the Liberal politicians hate guns so much? Because they hate the 2nd Amendment. They could fucking care less about how many people get killed by guns every year. All they care about is votes so they can live their lavish lifestyles (yeah, yeah, the Republicans do the same thing, but I am not ranting about them now) They are terrified of an armed militia who may march to Washington DC in protest of the socialist agenda that these politicians have slowly, but surely pushing onto the increasing Democratic American populous. Once Amnesty is granted to illegal immigrants, the Democratic voter base will continue to rise. Exponentially. The GOP as we know it now will dissolve into nothingness (as if it hasn't happened already). As America seeps deeper and deeper in a Socialist state, and as taxes for corporations continue to rise, you will see more and more U.S. companies outsource labor overseas. The even scarier part are American companies who operate overseas, hide their profits in tax-free shelters (See: Apple). Oh did I mention our deficit?

The bottom line is this: This gun issue (as well as the gay marriage issue) is nothing more than a veneer to hide what the REAL problems are with this country. Yet our elected politicians fail to see what these issues are and instead engage in political bitch-slapping. But I guess, if America is headed toward Socialism, and if the majority wants this, I guess my opinion means nothing. I guess I am silenced. 

Like one Liberal who commented on here stated to me, "Leave the politicking to us. We don't care what you think. Go back to the trailer park where you came from". "Only our voices matter. Your's doesn't." 

So I guess as a Conservative (who pays taxes), I have absolutely no right to voice my opinion or vote. Because "politicking" is only reserved for Liberals..............

kezaezy
kezaezy

Again, unless you were actually born with a gun for a penis, brandishing your gun everywhere you go is -- unlike sexual orientation -- a lifestyle choice.

Oh, and you're an idiot.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kennyX Dumb racist bigots like you don't get to give lectures of tolerance.  Stop being such an insane cry baby.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Kent Klinger Good point.  Everyone should get nukes. 

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Kent Klinger  God-damned syphilitic Hessians.

kezaezy
kezaezy

You're afraid. I get it. Let me offer a solution which allows you to feel safe and Open Streets to have a successful event: stay home.

You're e welcome

kezaezy
kezaezy

That, yuppy, is a dickish response. Open Streets means something to a lot of people. It started out as an idea which grew into a plan and is culminating in an actual event. People make dreams come true here in America (ya know, the constitution of which you claim to be all about). But you're not into growing wonderful ideas, are you? No, you're about waiting for someone else to grow an idea and then showing up in your clown car to shit all over it.

BTW, you ignorant a-hole, Open Streets is not like the Uptown Art Fair. It's not an art fair. It's a movement.

kezaezy
kezaezy

Wow, I'm sorry yuppy. I just realized something. You're just a scared little kid, aren't you? I might not have called you an a-hole had I' known you're only 12.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@yuppy pussies are those who need a gun on their hip for all to see. 

this isnt 1878 you dumb hick 

1000 bucks says you were born and raised in WISCO


MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_ It's offensive to bring guns where they are not wanted.  Your freedom to carry doesn't outweigh our freedoms.  Fuck you rude gun owners.  Do your own fucking event.  People are sick of guns.  I have a family member who is a military veteran and he has PTSD.  Seeing a bunch of assholes carrying guns at a picnic would freak him out.  Why can't you gun owners be civil to your fellow man?   Just a pro tip, when kenny agrees with you that means you are an idiot and wrong.  Shame on you gun owners for taking over an event and making it all about you.  No one wants to see a gun on a beautiful summer day you stupid dick.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kennyX  a gun is a gun you fucking peabrain - your logic so flawed i wont even waste my time. 


CRITICAL THINKING--- GET SOME

kennyX
kennyX

Once again, you have proven my point.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@yuppy so you probably have served people drinks and food... i never have 

also MPLS sucks comparaed to seattle - you are a big idiot for moving here. you should keep going east and find a home in wisco 

you dont get a say in community affairs as you are an expat

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@yuppy please confirm that you are indeed some hick from WISCO so all can see my powers of perception

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@yuppy where is my 1000 bucks!

you are so from wisco --- i called it

go home

you likely work under me

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann Erm... when someone posts a comment on a public website, I believe they are talking to *everyone*.  And he responded.  So yeah.  I threw an internet meme phrase at him when he called me a pussy and threatened to "fuck me up."  All things considered, I think I came out on the high side of that one.

And I'm not taking issue with you throwing insults around.  Do it all you want.  I'll still sleep just fine. Feel free to disagree with my views.  I'm just helping you to understand what they are.

 Or if you prefer, keep arguing with the boogeyman.

It's fun to watch you chase your tail.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@yuppy  Yeah my freedom to walk around and not think of guns.  It's called my pursuit of happiness.   I don't give a shit about your bullshit 2nd amendment which is a stupid outdated idea that only the very stupid believe in.  Guns don't keep you safe from a government with tanks, nukes, and drones.  All guns do is cause murder and mayhem.  They make it so a weak person is deadly.  They make it easier to murder so they should be banned.   Every civilized country has strict responsible gun laws.  They have less murder and crime.  They have not been taken over by an evil dictator.  Your arguments have lost.  Your in your face tactics just make people mad. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_ Fuck you and your bullshit civility.  You have nothing but sarcasm and trolling up and down this thread. You've gotten in 3 sarcastic flame wars with other posters.  When you are a sarcastic dick don't be surprised someone tells you to fuck off.  "Whoa, watch out! We got a badass over here."  That is your idea of civility you whiny fucking crybaby liar?   That guy wasn't talking to you.  The civil thing would be to ignore him huh stupid fucking liar?   Since you give a shit about civility why don't you admit you are a liar, apologize for lying about being civil and never do it again.  I promise you I will never swear at your lying hypocrite self again.     Also you and keny both agree that you guys get to be as insulting as you want but when I make fun of you you will both whine about how uncivil I am.  Since I've proven what a liar you are with facts why don't you show the world how civil you are Ms. Manners and apologize for lying.   

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann I wonder who I am in your mind, because you seem to have made up quite the boogeyman.

1. I'm not going to this event.

2. I don't support it

3. I have stated my (personal) opposition to open carry in this very thread

4.  Anyone sick of guns doesn't have to get one.

5. I have been nothing but civil throughout the course of this discussion.  You'd know that if you weren't trying so hard to see things that aren't there.

6. Kenny is an asshole and we agree on *nothing*

7. There's a LOT of things that are perfectly legal that I don't want to see on a summer day, but I know that I don't get to stomp my feet and demand it be removed from my sight. 

 Get off your high horse.  Learn to get along with people different from you.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kennyX why is your dick so hard for guns. are you not for the common good?

how can you be so partisan when it is clear that both parties are so FOOLISH

common sense tells me almost all i need to know. i think you need to read more and talk less

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kennyX When you use racial slurs and bigotry to make your point on other stories don't be surprised if no one wants to civilly debate you.  You are a stupid bigot loser who is wrong about everything.  Just go away and die you bigot racist loser.  You are fucking hated here.  

kennyX
kennyX

Time......time......and time again........................Are you going for a record?

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