An armed man wearing body armor sent panicked shoppers fleeing from a Walmart store in Missouri on Thursday, but an armed off-duty firefighter was able to detain the suspect until police officers arrived to make an arrest, Springfield police said.
The 20-year-old suspect was carrying loaded tactical weapons, according to reports.
“His intent obviously was to cause chaos here, and he did that,” Springfield police Lt. Mike Lucas told The Springfield News-Leader.

The suspect grabbed a cart, pushed it around the store and recorded cell phone video of himself walking through the Walmart, Springfield’s KY3 reported, citing police.
The television station reported that the store manager pulled a fire alarm, which prompted people to flee from the store.
The suspect then made his way out an emergency exit where the firefighter held the man at gunpoint, the station reported, adding that police showed up about three minutes later and made the arrest

Armed off-duty firefighter halts armed suspect at Walmart store in Missouri, police say

Is the dumbass in the photo a potential mass killer? Probably not. Missouri is an Open Carry state and more than likely this dumb bastard decided to do the Chest Thumper® thing and “exercise mu Rights!” without considering if it was the smart thing to do.

And before anybody begins with the “A Right Not Exercised is a Right Lost” allow me to point out that we are at a stage where if you are not smart enough and careful enough to control optics (and I do not mean red dots or scopes), you will lose those rights. We are but a legislative session away to lose more than 30 years of Gun Rights advancements. Gun people have to understand that the Media fueled by the Powers That Be are constantly pushing the image of our side being potential killers that can snap at any time. So it is amazingly stupid that after two mass killings by people with rifles and sporting tactical gear, you decide that it would be a good idea to dress the same way and go stroll inside a Walmart.

“His intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in the business. In fact, he’s lucky to be alive still to be honest,” he (Lt. Mike Lucas) told reporters.

The way tensions are running, he ain’t wrong. The fact that a civilian with a concealed weapon draw on Mr Chest Thumper® clearly indicates that even our side is not taking chances. “But he has a right to carry!” will be automatic response to which I have to ask “Was it the smart thing to do?”  I mean, if you buy a lighter, it is your property and you shouldn’t be told what to do with it and by-golly you will do what you want, screw anybody who says different.  But at the same time, you should be careful when and where to use it, right?

And that is the point. Not being smart to know that sometimes your pretentious attitude will blow on your face and be used as example to curtail our rights.

Anyway, we “thank” the Open Carry idiot whose example will probably be used to shut down the next time we try to introduce Open Carry bills in the State of Florida.

Hat Tip to Justin The Blogson

Update 8/10/2019

As expected., it made it to the local news



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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

7 thoughts on “Why we will never get Open Carry in Florida.”
  1. Two thoughts: 1) It will probably turn out that this guy was an anti-gunner trying to make a statement just like the jerk who asked the Walmart gun sales clerk for a “gun to kill 200 people”. 2) The so-called body armor was probably just a tactical vest.

  2. Sadly, the local Fox 13 in Tampa avoided any mention of the CCW firefighter intervening

  3. I’m certain you could eliminate 90% of all statutes if you could enforce a law that said:

    “No person shall engage in behavior that any group of reasonable people would define as ‘being a jackass.'”

    That includes restrictions on carry.

    1. I remember, years ago I was reading a list of old, colonial era laws that someone had amassed which sounded funny by today’s standards. One of them basically said a person shall be subject to lashing for the crime of “Being Lousy”. I think this fella falls into that category.

      1. I suspect they literally meant having lice.

        Acting like a jackass seems to fit “disturbing the peace” to me.

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