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Why Take AR-15 Assault Rifles To Appleton Farmers’ Market?

October 30, 2013

These men might just try taking Viagra.

shot Ar 15 inside bedroom


I am at a loss to explain how anyone could think carrying deadly weapons in public is a sound idea.   Around Wisconsin there is still a large percentage of people who understand the lunacy that this represents when anyone almost anywhere can carry around weapons like that pictured above.  There is no doubt that some twisted message was trying to be imparted by such an action of showing off the weapons in Appleton.  Whether it was an attempt at intimidation or sending a political message one thing is clear.  The behavior was not appropriate.

Those toting the weapons always have the same mantra in that they are all abiding by the law and able to control the weapons they carry.  If they were truly sane, however, they would know how to better conduct themselves in society and keep the weapons at home.

Not until more people with common sense stand up and decry this lowest common denominator type of behavior will policy ever change.  That means holding the Wisconsin GOP accountable for the lack of attention and concern they exhibit over a whole raft of gun legislation.    While NRA money runs deep and corrupts both sides of the aisle there is no doubt which party is more beholden to the special interests of the gun lobby.

Concerned residents sent a flurry of emails to Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna after two men showed up armed with assault rifles near the city’s farmers market, according to a new analysis.

A few emails supported the men’s Second Amendment rights, but most were from residents who threatened to stay away from future public events if firearms could be present, the Post Crescent Media reported.

“As long as there are people with guns walking around this city, my family will not be,” wrote Adam Fredrick, of Appleton.

The men were carrying AR-15 assault rifles legally near the market on Sept. 7. Police detained them at gunpoint and handcuffed them before eventually releasing them without tickets.

“If these idiots are this paranoid perhaps they should stay home and protect their fortress and not wander around on the streets,” Mary Rutten, of Appleton, wrote of the men. “I do not want to live like this where people feel they have to carry guns to protect themselves at a public and/or family event.”

  1. October 30, 2013 7:49 PM

    How about a GOP push to crack down on gun shows in this state where a mentally ill person can attend and buy a weapon? There are lots of unstable people who are not in ‘the system’ but still have access to guns. Guns shows are also notorious for their sales practices. You are correct about open carry, and I should have been more precise about my call for people to make a statement about a particular law. My point was broad-based, and perhaps too much so.

  2. October 30, 2013 6:43 PM

    Ya know I respect ya and I hope you know I like ya. But it is hard to take you serious on this issue when you claim that the WI-GOP has made it legal for the mentally ill to possess firearms. And that’s not the only fact you have incorrect: Open Carry has been legal in WI for far longer than the Republicans have had control of the State House.

    It really makes me feel icky defending this current crop of Republicans, but it makes me feel even ickier when people spread falsehoods in order to push their agenda. You’re better than that.

  3. October 30, 2013 6:25 PM

    I would say look at the newspapers and let the stories provide the answer. Since guns are too easy to obtain, and there is no way to weed out all those with mental issues from getting a gun(s) then yes, the GOP did make it legal for those people to get guns. Recall the man who fatally shot his 13-year-old neighbor in Milwaukee this year who has since said he did not mean to kill the boy. He had/has a mental illness. There are countless stories like this. We can play with word usage or we can stand up for what is right. And what the GOP passed and is now law is wrong.

  4. October 30, 2013 6:07 PM

    Did the WI-GOP really make it legal for the mentally ill to possess firearms or is that just poetic license?

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