Twin Cities Gun Owners cancel "Open Streets -- Open Carry" events

Categories: Guns
gunownerssolo.jpg
The Carry Forum's moderator feels bullied by hate-filled "anti-gun zealots."
The Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum has decided to cancel the "Open Streets -- Open Carry" events in which they planned to proudly tote their firearms during the annual celebrations of biking, walking, and skating.

THE BACKSTORY: Gun rights group plans to pack heat at Open Streets

In a twist some might characterize as ironic, a note posted on the Gun Owners & Carry Forum's Facebook cites "concern for the safety of members of this page" as the reason the events were canceled.

Here's the Facebook post in its entirety:
All apologies, but out of concern for the safety of the members of this page, in good conscience this meet up is being canceled.

The anti-gun zealots have proven their intolerance and their propensity to violent thought and wanting harm to come to us, and based on comments made by them on this page and elsewhere it's the only responsible thing to do.

We must continue on our mission of moving forward in a positive direction, and that would be hampered by proceeding with this meet up.

I'm sure some of you may disagree, but let's save our energy for things that matter.

Thanks for understanding.
Before making the decision to cancel the meetups altogether, the Gun Owners & Carry Forum's moderator proposed still holding the events but with guns hidden rather than openly displayed. That didn't quell the "violence-tinged rants against law abiding gun owners," however, so early this morning the call was made to simply scrap the five "Open Streets -- Open Carry" gatherings.  

One pro-gun commenter on the page opined that the Gun Owners & Carry Forum "lost this one" and said he found "the desicion to cancel this meetup very disturbing and is endemic of the lost will to stand and fight by the American people. THIS is why the left is winning."

In response, the moderator of the Gun Owners & Carry Forum wrote, "Yes, I guess if we want to partake in normal social activity at neighborhood events, we'll have to communicate about it in private. Sad."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

My Voice Nation Help
119 comments
kezaezy
kezaezy

I've never seen anyone, other than law enforcement, carrying a gun. What if I did? What if, while walking through downtown, I noticed a man (say, a 20-something white guy) wearing a gun. How would I react? In light of all the mass shootings in America, I might freak out, run, call the police. "Oh my God! there's a guy with a gun! Run!!" And maybe everyone around me would get a contact freak-out. Children (having heard of, and worried about the Newtown massacre) would cry, mothers would panic and maybe, someone else with a gun would start shooting, thinking he was protecting himself and others. There is no way to "normalize" the site of gun-toting citizens in our public spaces without corrupting our sense of community, without turning away from the unspoken contract we have with one another to coexist peacefully and, well, hopefully. It's a dystopian vision...a Mnneapolis imagined by Tim Burton.

pup.eberts
pup.eberts

Someone who would show up at gathering with a gun not only lacks respect for community standards. They've also given up on their ability to use words or their unarmed hands to get themselves out of trouble.  Their fearful fat asses would also be no where without the internal combustion engine. Transport them back to the time before gun powder, and they'd be dead.  Cowards.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

common sense tells me not to show up at a community event with a GUN 

downtown1
downtown1

somebody made the comment in the strib comments section about if this was a community event on  lyndale N instead of lyndale S would there be such enthusiasm to show up as a group of people showing off their guns......

lotorshag
lotorshag

Yeah, God forbid that these gun fanatics might get shot, but do they care if kids or other INNOCENT people get shot? NOT!!!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

 @ihatesocialistbisexu  

look dude, sophisticated and cultured people living in a city are not wrong to be concerned and offended by uneducated hicks promoting gun proliferation.

It is quite obvious that you people are the minority and exist on the edge of society. 

It is not normal or customary to walk the streets with a gun on your hip. this is not the 19th century ...  grow up and read a book on common sense

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

At the grocery store, Twins game, or this event I guarantee you one in ten people are armed. City Pages you guys have quite the agenda and trolls for days.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

This isn't a right and left wing issue. I carry daily and don't consider myself paranoid or right wing. You people have no idea how many guns are sitting right next to you everyday.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Talk about living in fear Elisa geez! You are afraid to have law abiding citizens walk down the street with an inanimate object carried on their waistlines. You can keep drinking the Bloomberg koolaid making you believe that all peoplr carrying guys are bad guys. The rest of the negative commenters here should feel sorry for themselves, denying a group peaceful expression. You probably don't find burning the American flag a problem as a means for freedom of expression, so wht make a big deal out of people carrying guns? They are not just going to suddenly start shooting stuff, these people are like everybody else. They have families and children.

Elisa Maria
Elisa Maria

Oh, I see you're in the military ... you prob still think terrorists hijacked planes on 9/11.

Elisa Maria
Elisa Maria

America is brainwashed into fearsome... not freedom. Protect your family? From attacks? Fucking funny. We're all gonna die someday. Why live in so much fear you have to carry a weapon? Sad for you.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@kezaezy Yes, all of those things probably *would* happen.  And it would be *your* fault.

 Maybe you should try shouting, "OMG there's a guy with a gun in his holster, minding his own business not bothering anyone or doing anything threatening."

Chances are you'll get a much different response.

nini_pad
nini_pad

@pup.eberts  " not only lacks respect for community standards."

Why respect a community that wants to disarm you?  They have clearly stated by that wish that they are your enemy.

"They've also given up on their ability to use words or their unarmed hands to get themselves out of trouble."

No they simply don't assume that all trouble is stuff you can get out of with words or unarmed hands.  The police came to exactly the same conclusion.  

"Their fearful fat asses would also be no where without the internal combustion engine."

So because they have guns they're fat?  You do know that stereotyping is stupid and wrong right?

"Transport them back to the time before gun powder, and they'd be dead.  "

I had no idea that the capability of surviving in pre-industrial times was the source of virtue.  Please tell me what skills do you have that would help you do so?

"Cowards."

And you know this how?

nini_pad
nini_pad

@lotorshag  How many times has gun control been tried?  And how many times have RIVERS of blood flowed as a result?  And you have the nerve to claim OTHERS don't care about the bloodshed.  What's sick about people like you is that your only motive is pretense that your policies don't kill people.  That's all you want to do, pretend it's not your fault.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@lotorshag See Chiago this past weekend.. Hyper restrictive gun laws.. Quit being afraid of a tool, and start thinking about enforcement.

nini_pad
nini_pad

@digitalprotocol @ihatesocialistbisexu  "sophisticated and cultured people living in a city are not wrong to be concerned and offended "

And how do you know that they're educated or cultured?  Frankly I don't associate threats with either.  


" by uneducated hicks promoting gun proliferation."

And your evidence that they are uneducated is...?


"It is quite obvious that you people are the minority and exist on the edge of society. "

So what?  

If you think that's an argument you have shit for brains.  Sorry but there's no other way to put it.  That someone is in the minority no more makes them right than being redheaded would.  As for "exist on the edge of society" what does that even mean?  Do you simply mean that "society" has chosen to push them aside?  How does that make them wrong?  Were blacks wrong?  Gays?  They "existed on the edge of society".


"It is not normal or customary to walk the streets with a gun on your hip."

So because it's not the common custom it's wrong and people who support it being legal are wrong?  I guess you think "Loving vs. Virginia" was a mistake then?


"grow up and read a book on common sense"

Grow up and read a book on basic logic.  In the index they should have the phrase "argumentum ad populem".  Start there.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @ihatesocialistbisexu Uneducated hicks? Way to slam an entire group of people. Not sure where you got the idea that pro 2n amd ppl are crazed hillbillys. I'm your neighbor. I havent shot up you, your family, or a school.

ihatesocialistbisexu
ihatesocialistbisexu

@digitalprotocol @ihatesocialistbisexu What another citizen does or does not find offensive is of little consequence. We are a nation of freedoms that if not exercised will be taken away. By opposing this meet up, you are demanding that everyone behaving only in ways that everyone else agrees with. I am the opposite. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Stuttering John ya you're right, you are a scared piece of shit


i CALLED YOU OUT POSER, YOU FAILED TO RESPOND

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Alex Browne if you carry a gun everywhere you go, YOU ARE THE ONE LIVING IN FEAR

how do you not comprehend such a simple idea

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@Elisa Maria Ahh, now we get it.. Here's a hug hunny.. Go put your tin foil hat back on.

nini_pad
nini_pad

So because we're all going to die someday we shouldn't do things to avoid it?  So you don't buckle your seatbelt?  

"Why live in so much fear you have to carry a weapon? Sad for you."

How do you know he lives in more fear than you?  All that you know is that he thinks the risk of not carrying a gun is worse than the consequences of doing so.  The consequences of doing so are pretty trivial.  Compare this to someone who is so afraid that they call the cops because someone is open carrying legally.  Who is more afraid.


pup.eberts
pup.eberts

@_Joe_ @pup.eberts Wow, thank you for enlightening me with your facts and figures. I stand corrected, oh Wise Joe.  I can see how why your side is winning.

nini_pad
nini_pad

@digitalprotocol  By carrying a gun he's merely displaying his belief that the costs of doing so are less than the benefits.  That is not "living in fear" any more than wearing a seatbelt is. You on the other hand are panicking because people who have never shot anyone before and are extremely unlikely to ever do so are wearing guns.

ihatesocialistbisexu
ihatesocialistbisexu

@digitalprotocol You're right. Personally I live in fear that my family would have to go on without me. Therefore, I exercise my god-given and constitutionally protected right to self defense.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@pup.eberts 

And just FYI, digitalprotocol is a troll.  He exists solely to incite argument.  I believe what I'm posting.  Just because you disagree, doesn't make me a troll.

 In fact, I'm actually opposed to open-carry.  I think it's kind of dumb.  I think it makes you more of a target than it acts as a deterrent.  Though I gotta admit... some of you have me thinking about it.  Just to watch your panties twist knowing there isn't a goddamn thing you can do about it.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@pup.eberts "threaten you with bloodshed"?!!?!?!?

 When the fuck did I do that?

Drama queen much?

pup.eberts
pup.eberts

@_Joe_ People do change their minds. But I suppose you'd rather threaten me with bloodshed than "waste your time" making an argument -- even when someone's "ignorance is staggering."  Happy trolling.   

_Joe_
_Joe_

@pup.eberts You've clearly made up your mind as evidenced by your generalization and pigeon-holing everyone who carries into a narrow definition.  Why would I waste my time coming up with an argument of any kind?  I'm not going to change your mind, and my comment was not meant to.  If you want to know exactly what I meant to convey, I suggest you re-read my original comment.  Slowly.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@CinBlueland this is not the 19th century - guns need not be displayed in public places - that is what they do in the third world

I cannot stand people that allow fear to control and motivate them - its pretty clear that if you wear a gun on your hip for all to see you are fearful, or a pussy, or want to be a target.

common sense tells me not to show up at a community event with a GUN 

that  is something that cannot be refuted

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @CinBlueland Again, where did this come from? You''re normally pretty rational. Was someone you know killed by a firearm? Not understanding the irrational hatred of those who own.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol Hmm.. OK, can we have your address? Really, I"m sure non-gun supporters would love to set up on your lawn to keep you safe. If you need protection the police are only minutes away.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@CinBlueland it would be reasonable to assume since i have existed this long with my pussy hurting from not having a gun at all times to protect my life and my families, that i will not need one going forward.

the open carry group is full of fearful individuals. people who's life is based on fear are the type of people that communities need to be concerned about. They hurt the common good

ILikeFood
ILikeFood

@digitalprotocol Nope. I'm just someone looking to be enlightened by your well thought out opinions on farmers. Now I understand that you view farmers as less than human. You can have the last word in this debate, but please know that I will never read it. *closes browser*

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @ILikeFood Just to ask, whose opinions count?  BTW, what the hell, you're normally reasonable. Dose my opinion count? I live in an inner ring burb. (SLP). Technically I don't carry, a shotgun works just fine for home defense.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@ILikeFood no farmers are hicks and paid shills - they should just keep tilling the field

are you that sustainable farmer guy?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@ILikeFood what are you some type of rural sympathizer

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@ihatesocialistbisexu @digitalprotocol I don't want to get into THIS debate, but if you are a Christian, your God tells you you should die rather than fight...Matthew 5:39 tell you to get shot and die rather than resist. You may recognize this as the sermon on the mount.  Just saying.

Maybe you're Muslim...Allah has a different opinion on the matter...Mohamed spoke of swords...but I think we can use the transitive property to assume he meant all kinds of shit that kills people.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...