You know how weird and creepy it was when that international tourist snuck a photo of a guy’s holstered gun at Yellowstone and called him a “bell end” (not to his face, though)? We feel the same way about the guy who carried his rifle into what appears to be a coffee shop. He didn’t seem to be doing anything but ordering coffee, and now a photo of his back is all over social media causing a ruckus.
As Twitchy reported Tuesday night, one Canadian-born woman said she’d call the cops on the guy, because he was making her feel uncomfortable and besides, if he’s carrying a gun, she’s going to assume he’s NOT a good person. Of course, if he’s carrying legally, the cops aren’t going to do anything except introduce more guns to the equation.
Now Bulwark founder Charlie Sykes is passing around the same photo and taking a poll of sorts:
Serious question: You walk into a business and see this —> do you 1. Leave
2. Feel Safer
3. Don’t Care pic.twitter.com/ovRLQyBXSH
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) August 7, 2019
CNBC’s John Harwood’s already added an Option 4:
4) call the police
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 7, 2019
And tell them there’s a man openly carrying a firearm in an open-carry state?
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 7, 2019
— Glenn Manuel (@Glenn_M1982) August 7, 2019
4. ask about the specs…
— JEFCON1 ?? (@egamiesrever) August 7, 2019
4 ask him if I can shoot it sometime
— Powell's shoulder devil (@soxAndStuff) August 7, 2019
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) August 7, 2019
— Ferraris (@turningabout) August 7, 2019
— LastSongAliceBug ????? (@Kiryuso_Kai) August 7, 2019
Crumble into a puddle of pee and ask my political enemies to ban them.
— JWF (@JammieWF) August 7, 2019
— Sam Valley (@SamValley) August 7, 2019
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 7, 2019
The way he’s got that rifle behind his back, I figure it’ll be a while before he can actually get to his front, to aim. Doesn’t look practical at all for open carry
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) August 7, 2019
Yep. No tactical advantage, all for show. “Show” isn’t why people carry.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 7, 2019
We’ve gotta go with Dana Loesch on this one. We’re fine with open carry but concealed carry is where it’s at.
I grew up in Texas with and have actually seen this back home. Doesn’t bother me but I am used to smaller guns in holsters when witnessing open carry.
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) August 7, 2019
3, but that’s clearly just for show and a dumb use of his rights.
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) August 7, 2019
4. I have my hand ready to draw a concealed handgun faster than he can get that around his back just in case he’s up to no good.
Or if I don’t have concealed on me then leave or take defensive position
I think what he’s doing is obviously for show and entirely unproductive.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 7, 2019
I'd leave. That's performance and I'm not into it.
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) August 7, 2019
Leave. Immediately. Try not to make any sudden movements on my way out.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) August 7, 2019
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) August 7, 2019
We’re surprised no one’s mentioned Option 5 yet: Take a picture with your phone and plaster it all over social media.
I would definitely leave. This man fits the description of the vast majority of mass shooters.
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) August 7, 2019
Yeah, the waiting politely in line with both hands off of the rifle is straight-up mass shooter behavior.
Leave and report.
I have no way of knowing that he is not going to open fire in the immediate future.
— Tia Will (@medwoman1) August 7, 2019
4. Call cops. He has no control of his weapon at all, it might as well just be lying on table behind him.
This complete lack of muzzle and trigger awareness should be grounds for arrest and his right to own firearms revoked; he’s another untrained incompetent shitheel.
— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) August 7, 2019
Call the cops. I have no reason to believe this armed individual isn’t potentially dangerous. I don’t give a damn what the local carry laws are. Why should I trust this man-baby with a murder weapon?
— Michael Marshall Smith (@ememess) August 7, 2019
4. Scared, but won't leave because that would mean the gun-nut/white nationalist wins.
— Skewt (@largeroundson) August 7, 2019
Oh, he’s a white nationalist now. We’re guessing those two words are going to appear in every post from now until Nov. 2020.
Call the cops to report suspicious behavior. I’d say someone taking a rifle to get coffee qualifies.
— Portis Buzzsaw (@Porterbuzzsaw) August 7, 2019
1-Leave and call cops ~ he might be a bad guy
— margaritateresa ????? (@margaritateresa) August 7, 2019
Leave and call the police. Open carry of an assault weapon should not be permitted in civilized society. Seriously what is wrong with our country?!
— Not Devin Nunes' Dog (@realNH926) August 7, 2019
4. Return to Canada and never visit again.
— Maureen McCarthy (@MoMac630) August 7, 2019
4. Be confused about his optics and mag set-up. Looks like long-range/hunting scope as opposed to ACOG or reflex sights… with an extended mag.. on an AR? You lost me bro.
— "Tango" T. Edwards (@tango_mma) August 7, 2019
3. Couldn't care less.
— Tommy Gunzz (@bythenumbers101) August 7, 2019
3. don't care
— Jason (@devjs1) August 7, 2019
He's not brandishing, menacing, or shooting
it's his right to carry
it's my right to carry
it's your right to carry
— ?? Patriot Bacon ? (@CPBacon4CO) August 7, 2019
3. don't care. I would probably start a conversation with him.
— bible clinger (@backwoodshack) August 7, 2019
— Matt Foley (@MattFoley901) August 7, 2019
As a CCW holder I don't agree with open carry. The whole purpose of have a firearm for protection is not letting an assailant know, this way you have the upper hand for a suprise attack (defense)
— Rondo (@Rondochef) August 7, 2019
Do cops in open-carry states really get as many calls as this one photo would suggest?
And we never did get Sykes’ answer.
This woman will call the cops if she sees you open carry because she’ll assume you’re a bad guy https://t.co/3vuIzgzmkF
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 6, 2019