ed note–of the many gripes I have about so many factions within the ‘movement’, one of the biggest is the inability on the part of some to think strategically. The following is a perfect example of this.
This stunt is just plain STUPID. Not only am I a gun owner, I carry a gun (concealed) for personal protection when in public, and even though I am legally entitled to carry in the open as these two are, out of consideration for the public at a time when massacres are taking place every week, I don’t.
All this does in ‘educating’ people is to further alienate them against gun ownership and to make those who support the 2nd amendment look like a bunch of nuts.
Congratulations guys for handing YET ANOTHER victory to our enemies.
Two men carrying assault rifles on their backs said they were simply exercising their Second Amendment right, but police said they scared plenty of people.
One of the men told Fox 12 he hoped people would approach them and talk to them, instead of calling police.More >
Calls started coming in to 911 dispatchers shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday. Callers said two men with guns strapped to their backs were walking through the area of Southeast Seventh Avenue and Spokane Street in Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood.
Officers arrived in the area and contacted both 22-year-old men. They were carrying rifles openly on their backs and were valid concealed handgun license holders in Oregon.
The men told officers they were hoping to educate the public about gun rights.
Officers explained that they were likely to continue generating 911 calls from alarmed people in the area, which would require a police response. Officers reported neither man seemed interested in those concerns.
“Exercising my rights with a rifle to try to decrease the demonizing of peacefully exercising your rights in public,” one of the men told Fox 12. He said his name is Warren, but did not want to provide a last name.
Portland police identified the men as Warren Drouin and Steven Boyce.
Officers said carrying firearms openly is legal in Oregon and carrying a concealed gun is legal with a valid license. However, doing one or both may generate 911 calls and possibly tie up resources that are needed for a true emergency.
Warren said he hoped people would approach them and talk to them, instead of calling police.
“What they really should do is observe the person to determine if the person is aggressive,” he said of seeing someone with a gun in public. “We’re not doing anything threatening to anyone.”
The Portland Police Bureau, however, asks anyone who sees someone armed with guns to immediately call 911.