Comment of the Day: Rifles in Target

TargetGunTote.jpg
@patricia_linna
We know things can get a little heated in the produce aisle, but really, dude?
Our post about rifles being legally carriable in Minnesota Target stores has well over 300 comments and counting as of yesterday morning, many comparing the need to ostentatiously pack heat while browsing Mossimo racks to various forms of male enhancement.

Today's Comment of the Day, however, comes from Tammy Belka, who longs for a time when toting guns was about more than trying to make some sort of obscure political point.

Here's what she said:

TargetGunsComment.jpg

Funny stuff, but take it from someone who was recently robbed (right outside a Target store, no less) -- given the choice, we're fine with people packing heat merely for show.

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


My Voice Nation Help
101 comments
diewieselbiegrande
diewieselbiegrande

The country as a whole needs to be open carry, people are a hell of a lot less likely to do something stupid and criminal with a firearm when there exists the promise that someone in the immediate vicinity will do something logical and legal with a firearm in subduing and or removing them from this world, with a firearm.

Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson

I meant that it doesn't matter which one gets blown awaw

Mary Gooch
Mary Gooch

so if I cut in line at the checkout counter will someone shoot me instead of asking me to take my proper place in line? Or if I confront them for cutting in line will they then shoot me? Insane!

Rachael Joseph
Rachael Joseph

He's going through and replying to posts with, "you're an idiot." That's constructive. Maybe when he loses someone he loves to gun violence in a place where guns should have been banned, like I have, he'll understand our perspective. It's about public safety. Have your guns, just please keep them unloaded and safely locked.

Michael Mitchell
Michael Mitchell

Nutjobs don't need a long gun to get makeup, milk, and beach towels.

Leif Lundeen
Leif Lundeen

Rifles in Target?? Uhhhh...shouldn't it be Wal-Mart???

Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

So, by this first definition, freedom relies upon power, determination and action? What if I were inactive, indecisive and powerless without restraint? Would I be free then? And as for the exemption of external control, intervention or regulation; am I not free when there is some outside regulatory influence (law) preventing me from harming others?

Seth Buschke
Seth Buschke

I often hear people preach of nationalism or patriotism; I call it a great delusion fostered by a bad conscience.

Seth Buschke
Seth Buschke

Freedom: "the power to determine action without restraint" -- "the exemption of external control, intervention, or regulation."

Seth Buschke
Seth Buschke

Of course not it's far easier placing the blame on a small minority of individuals who are mentally ill than take responsibility for their own actions.

Donavan Stuhr
Donavan Stuhr

Grandstanding with a rifle is useless... Keep the thug who is about to rob the pharmacy department ( like in west Saint Paul ) worried who around him may be permitted to conceal and properly trained to fire a glock.

Kyle Brokken
Kyle Brokken

Leave the guns at home guys. Grandstanding is not necessary. Why fan the flames in the fire?

Yuko Miyamoto
Yuko Miyamoto

Someone tell me why you need to bring the gun to Target or any stores? Or why you need to carry the gun all the time? I am from Japan and I don't understand at all.

L Papalamaitcalli Meza
L Papalamaitcalli Meza

Jeremy Deysach interesting how those who have an opinion different from yours you criticize. Hmmm.. There's the ignorance in our society. Folks who get irritated when others don't share the same view because they believe so righteously their values should be shared by the masses. That's the issue the blatant lack of critical analysis that many share. Good grief

Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

Freedom, freedom, freedom. Will someone here please define this term?

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

No, clip is specific to a specific loading mechanism. That was a test.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

Rachael, you usually don't know if they have a weapon.

3D Greens of Minnesota
3D Greens of Minnesota

repeal the 2nd amendment, it has never been needed in over 200 years and is now being abused by the gun manufacturing industry.

Seth Buschke
Seth Buschke

False comfort is the idea that banning firearms from citizens without any history of violence will keep the "real" fully auto weapons out of the hands of gangs. Truth is our government has been caught several times selling such weapons to the cartel & Mexican government, these same weapons that are killing our border patrol & are being smuggled back into America and into the hands of criminals. Banning an upstanding citizen from carrying a rifle to give other Americans a sense of comfort is selfish. Individual liberty should always be the greatest pursuit in life....even at the expense of others. Every decision that our government makes is at the expense of others.

Seth Buschke
Seth Buschke

It's a freedom of expression, not a false comfort. The man carrying it would be just as comfortable without the rifle as with. He was making a statement.

Katie Berger Tremaine
Katie Berger Tremaine

False comfort, taken at others' expense, is the exact definition of openly carrying a rifle when you go out SHOPPING.

Katie Berger Tremaine
Katie Berger Tremaine

There is no such thing as a right that is not subject to regulation both legal and social. The First Amendment is equally unequivocal, yet there are regulations around speech - you can be prosecuted for "fighting words," for example, or for speech that causes a riot or a public panic.

Seth Buschke
Seth Buschke

What has America come to??? People are so eager to sacrifice their freedom for a false comfort. Wake up, smell the roses, your comfort, your small little world with its narrow-minded views, is an illusion propagandized by the system you enslave yourself to.... Institutions are not designed to help you, they're manufactured to control you. Freedom will always come with a price and as an American I will always advocate that the price is always worth it.

Kurt Vatland
Kurt Vatland

I love how people want to start a Target ban when noone was hurt assaulted (accept these guys by the media) what you cant shop somewhere if everyone doesn't agree with your left wing agenda? Again noone was injured n had some lunatic gone in at least there would have been someone equally matched to shoot him down quick. Again noone was even hurt, only the pride of gun/witch hunt enthusiasts who, when something they dont like happens wants goverment intervention regardless of constitutional rights, an then call upon people with guns to save them when they need it. Maybe if we taught all children gun safety we wouldn't have so many pussies in this country n be able to help police ourselves and thus make a stronger society. Good luck at wall mart, since u boycott them for everything else lol

Rachael Joseph
Rachael Joseph

Target should really ban weapons on the premises. They've taken too long to respond to this. No one should have to run into someone carrying a weapon when shopping for diapers and groceries.

Angelis Babudro
Angelis Babudro

A militia cannot exist if people do not own arms. It's in the definition, a militia is citizens who use their own weapons. Don't need to belong to one to do it. However, I have a carry permit, and I think carrying a rifle around is just asking for people to make a law against it.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed... how is that hard for you?

Philip Zempel
Philip Zempel

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. that being said what militia do they belong to?

Drew Defiance
Drew Defiance

also Steve it was a general statement not a direct personal attack on you but read into as you like, maybe you felt the need to reply because in your heart you know your scared. what is it your afraid of?

Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson

How about the concealed carry paranoid who challenges one of these idiots as a serial shooter and then blows him away? Not that I care either way.

Drew Defiance
Drew Defiance

exactly we are all human beings, we all need to respect each other and our selves.

Anthony Christensen
Anthony Christensen

I'm saying them getting robbed instead of me because I'm the one that was intelligent enough to arm myself really isn't my fault is it. I would be more then happy to save a stranger from such a theft though. I'm not wishing bad things on other people. I'm saying there misfortune is there own doing.

Justin Irvine
Justin Irvine

Sure sure. Here let me observe something. they have magazines in the rifle. now I may not have x-ray vision but if you have a magazine in I can assume that the rifle is loaded. (by standard safety guidance you always assume that). none of this is fantasy. so if (speculation) one of these guys handles their rifle improperly it could accidental discharge (or even properly handle it this can happen) and harm someone. I understand the right to carry a weapon with a permit or according to local laws but do you need it loaded at all times even in a crowded place like target? if someone were to attack a target you would likely have time to load a magazine into and fire your weapon. The time it takes to load and fire is less than three seconds if you know your weapon.

Craig Jensen
Craig Jensen

You no like, you no shop at Target. All you liberals should still be boycotting Target over the Tom Emmer thing from 2010 anyways.

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

Why would you be glad that anyone is getting robbed for any reason? You're messed up in the head

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

Hey - FYI - Someone tried to mug me on Nicollet Mall 2 summers ago and I held them off by keeping a firm grip on my cell phone and yelling loudly. So, I've experienced that side first hand too. Still doesn't change my mind that these "gotta have my rifle out with me everywhere" people are total grand-standing freaks. Signed - Tammy Belka (from the original comment)

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...