These appeared on our facebook page recently to raise awareness of a public vote on the open carry of firearms in town-owned parks and buildings. The Controllists have been saying a lot of interesting untruths so I tried to address them one-at-a-time. By the way, just so you get the reference, a neighboring city to the town where I live, which actually has quite a few more people than my little town of Castle Rock, has NO restrictions on open carry in town buildings whatsoever, provided you aren’t trying to “alarm” anyone. Got it. So we’re just trying to be like Parker, Colorado. Here you go:
- Open carry thought of the day: I have a friend who is confined to a wheel chair and he has an extremely limited ability to conceal a handgun (remember: if any part of the gun is exposed, that’s open carry). He also has an extremely limited ability to retreat like most of us would. Laws that restrict open carry force him to choose between going to a park and his 2nd Amendment right to self-defense. That’s not a valid choice and it’s discrimination. Vote Yes on A and Yes on B. Liberty matters. Your vote matters. #WeWantToBeLikeParker!
- Open carry thought of the day: concealed carry is not always an option. It takes up to 90 days to get a CHP in Colorado, and that’s assuming you don’t live in Denver (longer, maybe twice as long or more). I’m also unaware of any other Constitutional rights that we require payment up front before you can exercise them. Imagine having to pay $152.50 to get a government permit so that you can go to church.
- Open carry thought of the day: if any part of the gun is exposed for any amount of time, that’s open carry. Name me one concealed-carrier who has never open carried. More importantly, covered or uncovered, are you in any more or less danger? Liberty matters. Your vote matters. Yes on question A and Yes on question B. #WeWantToBeLikeParker.
- Open carry thought of the day: “But but but, there will be blood in the streets if we allow this.” Really? When was the last shootout at a park in Parker?#WeWantToBeLikeParker. Your vote matters. Liberty matters. Yes on question A and Yes on question B.
- Open carry thought of the day: “No child should have to be subjected to seeing a gun.” That’s interesting – most of our kids see guns every single day of their lives… they just happen to be attached to police officers. So clearly it isn’t about the gun itself, it’s your own categorization of who the gun is attached to, even though that person is in no way acting in a manner to bother you whatsoever. That’s discrimination. Yes on question A and Yes on question B. Your vote matters. Liberty matters.#WeWantToBeLikeParker
And by the way, I will personally help anyone who has a fear of guns: on my dime. If your child has hoplophobia, or if you know someone affected by this horrible illness, please let me know.
We asked our 6-year-old what he would do if he saw a person at the Recreation Center carrying a gun. His response was classic: “Is he trying to hurt me?” Us: “No.” Him: “Then what’s the big deal?”
- Open carry thought of the day: prohibiting open carry is selfish. Live your life however you want. But when you force others to live *their* lives how *you* want, that’s selfish. Yes on Question A and yes on Question B. Liberty matters. #WeWantToBeLikeParker
- Open carry thought of the day: it really is true that an armed society is a polite society. Just ask anyone who has carried a gun and then had anyone cut them off in traffic. You’d be surprised at how little really gets under your skin when you have a Plan B. Yes on question A and yes on question B. #WeWantToBeLikeParker
- Open carry thought of the day: Menacing is a crime in Colorado. “(1) A person commits the crime of menacing if, by any threat or physical action, he or she knowingly places or attempts to place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Menacing is a class 3 misdemeanor, but, it is a class 5 felony if committed:
(a) By the use of a deadly weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon; or
(b) By the person representing verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon.” (C.R.S. 18-3-206)
If you walk into the water department and start waving a gun around (the anti-gun crowd actually used this as a reason to support an open carry ban), you’re going to jail. And if the prosecution needs people to testify to that, give me a call. But “gun people” already know this. Vote Yes on question A and Yes on question B. Your vote matters. Liberty matters.#WeWantToBeLikeParker
- Open carry thought of the day: an exposed handgun does not create danger, just like a concealed handgun does not create safety. A t-shirt over your gun doesn’t suddenly make everyone safe. I can pretend that crime doesn’t exist, but that doesn’t change reality. Yes on Question A and Yes on Question B. Liberty matters – vote for it. #WeWantToBeLikeParker
- Open carry thought of the day: under current Castle Rock ordinance, violation of the open carry prohibition is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. Because your shirt rode up or you bent over to pick up your keys. Think about that. Would you be ok missing your life and your family for a year? Vote yes on question A and yes on question B. Your vote matters because liberty matters. #WeWantToBeLikeParker
- Open carry thought of the day: I believe, and I think the Founders believed, that people are good people. We’re capable of living our own lives our own way. We don’t need a King to make those decisions for us. We vote, after all; the ultimate expression of trusting the people to do the right thing. Allow us the opportunity to be responsible citizens. Now please, you go do your thing and stop using the government to tell me what’s best in my life. Vote Yes on question A and Yes on question B. Your vote matters because liberty matters. #WeWantToBeLikeParker
- Open carry thought of the day: “We don’t want town council meetings complicated by holding a shotgun.” This one is actually funny to me. Either a) the Controllists assume that this is the standard way gun owners operate at town council meetings or b) the Controllists assume that the citizens of Parker are just flat-out better people than the citizens of Castle Rock. Neither is based in reality. Leave your fear-mongering at home. Just because *you* can’t find a legitimate reason to open carry doesn’t mean that you should pass a law preventing it.But I’ll go one better: I will gladly team up with anyone, regardless of political affiliation, to help educate the public on why I choose not to open carry. Education is the answer, not using Thug Politics to pass laws where none are needed. Criminalizing law-abiding citizens is not the answer. Let’s work together to educate.Vote yes on question A and yes on question B. Your vote matters because liberty matters. #WeWantToBeLikeParker
- Open carry thought of the day: people are good people. People are good not because the government is forcing them to be good, but because most of us have learned to live politely with those around us. More rules won’t change that. Let’s get the government out of the way and let’s get back to treating each other with civility. Yes on question A and yes on question B. Your vote matters because liberty matters.
- Open carry thought of the day: criminalize acts we all consider to be evil/bad/immoral and stop turning good people into criminals for no reason. Yes on question A and and yes on question B. Your vote matters because liberty matters.Case-in-point: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/08/10/ray-rice-shaneen-allen-gun-column/13862831/
- Open carry thought of the day: being a criminal shouldn’t depend solely on what you wore that day. The wind blowing my shirt up or that form-fit getup that accents your figure shouldn’t make you a criminal. Yes on question A and yes on question B. Turn your ballots in by Tuesday!!! #WeWantToBeLikeParker
Carry on, Colorado!