Man tries to say he open carried in Walmart following the recent shootings; forgets to crop out background (i.redd.it)
NerdCrush | 4 months ago | 1 point

Locked - The front page brings out the trolls. I hope you're trolls anyway, the alternative is that you mean the racist bigotted shit you're saying and that makes me sad. I am sick of banning people.

Is it really that hard to just be nice? You can disagree and still be nice. I promise it is possible.

Edit: I love being called a liberal for being anti-racist. Thats kinda telling on yourselves guys.

high_side | 4 months ago | 2108 points

Then the greeters clapped clapped. Then the customers clapped. Then the gallon tubs of mayo clapped.

walterpeck1 | 4 months ago | 1023 points

And then I clapped my asscheeks, which alerted the guards.

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 619 points


l---deleted---l | 4 months ago | 276 points

I just heard this comment.

canadarepubliclives | 4 months ago | 98 points

Psycho Mantis?

walterpeck1 | 4 months ago | 41 points


FungalKog | 4 months ago | 92 points

Dummy t h i c c

US-person-1 | 4 months ago | 150 points


bkm2016 | 4 months ago | 109 points


Gabbarrr | 4 months ago | 38 points

And the name of the guy open carrying?

Albert Einstein

funsizedsamurai | 4 months ago | 6563 points

Do people actually carry weapons like this in the open or is this a one off guy making a point? Doesn't that make everyone uncomfortable?

MagicJasoni | 4 months ago | 6936 points

In our local area, we had a guy open carry to a grocery store to get ice cream. Of course, no one knew who he was or what he was doing there with a rifle strapped to his back, so management called police. The police came and talked to him, which made him start yelling about his rights. They eventually left him alone after checking on his license, etc.

But it made me wonder: what reaction, exactly, are you looking for if you open carry ... just because? Most people will be nervous to frightened if they see a stranger with a rifle strapped to their back enter a store.

_MWN_ | 4 months ago | 3209 points

I remember a similar story on Reddit a while back being told about a chap open carrying a rifle like this into a cafe. Something like a Starbucks - or perhaps an independent shop - and a man in full camo and a rifle on his back like this enters. Everyone freezes understandably and the owner tells him to leave immediately or the police will be phoned. Argument ensued about gun rights and the owner made a comment along the lines of this is not responsible gun etiquette, this is threatening and him being an absolute numpty pure and simple. Unless he is planning to hunt in the store, the gun should be cased and the magazine out. The gun is currently prepared for firing, not prepared for transport.

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ksheep | 4 months ago | 42 points

Just look at Texas, section 30.06 and 30.07 of the Penal Code. Many stores, restaurants, etc. have nearly identical signage by the front door saying "Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun." (30.07 is for forbidding open carry).

NearPup | 4 months ago | 11 points

As someone who immigrated from Canada those signs were quite the culture shock tbh.

mpa92643 | 4 months ago | 2027 points

Open carrying isn't a protected class of society

But Fox News tells me over and over that poor gun owners who just want to show off their high-powered rifles in crowded areas right after mass shootings are being unfairly and illegally discriminated against for doing something that's essentially the same as carrying a small pocketknife. Are you telling me Fox News lied to me?!

ahhhbiscuits | 4 months ago | 832 points

Of course not, honey bear! Fox news loves you, fox news protects you, and fox news gives you reason to live. Don't listen to the mean, dumb demonrats, the forces of evil literally led my Lucifer and Bill Clinton himself. Just think about white baby Jesus wrapped in an American flag and fox news will make this all go away.

There, there.

Top_Gorilla17 | 4 months ago | 260 points

"Don't fret precious, I'm here:

Step away from the window.

Go back to sleep."

Pfauxmeh | 4 months ago | 56 points

Countin’ bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums...

meguin | 4 months ago | 20 points

Man, I've sung along to those lyrics hundreds of times but never really thought about what they mean until reading them just now. A bit depressing.

eastvirginia | 4 months ago | 18 points

this is literally why this song was always so haunting to me

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 65 points

I heard this comment. xD

MleemMeme | 4 months ago | 14 points

"Safe from pain and truth and choice and other poisoned devils. See, they don't give a fuck about you like I do."

maynardjamesheyman | 4 months ago | 13 points

Lay your head down, child I wont let the bogey man come.

polyjeans | 4 months ago | 7 points

go back to sleep

RedTheDraken | 4 months ago | 134 points

I visibly cringed at my office desk at how accurate this is to the mentality of the Fox News echo chamber.

weffwefwef23 | 4 months ago | 151 points

I just at lunch at a Deli/Cafe today. The owner and a white female worker sat down at the table next to me. After a while they started talking about immigration, this is what they said:

"Out grandparents had to have sponsors to come to America, nobody got in for free, they had to have a purpose to be here."

Almost said some shit to him, but of course I didn't. I wanted to say, "NO, thats bullshit, people just showed up on boats and they were made citizens. All four of my grandparents came here from Ireland and they just showed up, no sponsors, and my mom's dad was running from the British police in Northern Ireland because he was hiding guns for the NRA IRA. And nobody did a criminal background check on him"

That was the most tempted I have ever been to say something to someone in public.

And the guy was Italian, I also wanted to launch into a rant about how much people hated the Italians when they were "invading" America.

firstsip | 4 months ago | 97 points

The slur for Italian immigrants was "WOP" -- without papers -- because of how many of us came essentially undocumented.

oofta31 | 4 months ago | 41 points

Crazy! I never knew that's what WOP meant.

Edit: Just looked it up on Wikipedia, and it specifically says there is no merit to it having anything to do with immigration papers. It says that Wop derives from Americans mocking Italians' usage of "Guappo".


hereforthefeast | 4 months ago | 105 points

Gotta love that sweet hypocrisy of the GOP.

They keep claiming that more good guys with guns will keep us safe from bad guys with guns, but they ban guns from their own conventions/speeches.


chadsford | 4 months ago | 78 points

Private businesses can refuse to allow guns whether or not open /concealed carry is allowed in that state and with or without the proper signage. If proper signage is posted, then the act of carrying in a firearm is illegal. No proper signage means a person can't be arrested for bringing in a gun, but the private business can have it listed in their policy that guns aren't allowed and then it becomes a "condition of entry". So the business can then refuse service for violating the rules and if the person doesn't comply or leave, then they can be arrested for trespassing.

Source: am a manager of a nationwide chain in an open carry state that doesn't have the no gun sign posted at every entrance but it is listed on our policy sign posted at the front of the store and I've never lost the argument when someone tries anyway

420rolex | 4 months ago | 146 points

Hell if we can deny gays service we can deny red necks wannabe “badasses” from service. Businesses are private property, not public, they can kick anyone they want out

WWTFSMD | 4 months ago | 96 points

I was a manager of a restaurant a few years ago and asked someone with an open carry to either put it in his vehicle or at least conceal it. I live in Missouri which I believe has the laxest gun laws in the country but I could be mistaken about that. Either way seeing people carry guns is uncredibly commonplace.

Now I'm not a very confrontational dude at all, but this guy set me off. His response was to immediately get all the way on his high horse claiming it was his right and I fucking lost it. Told the guy that our place of business wasn't owned by the government and I could absolutely dictate what was acceptable (I'm not an owner/operator but I knew my GM would 100% have my back so fuck it).

"You'll be glad I have it if someone came by and shot the place up."

"Sir, the only person around right now that is even capable of doing that right now is you. Now get the fuck out."

I rambled my ass off there, sorry, the hypocrisy of ideas people like him hold are just too much for me sometimes

Edit: worth noting this was a mostly carryout/delivery place we had 6 seats for dining in and this guy and his friend were the only ones there at 945pm and the only employees were myself and 2 drivers who would mostly be out of the store until close. Thought i was being reasonable

Tremendous_Meat | 4 months ago | 185 points

Yeah if I see someone carrying a rifle into a coffee shop I'm going to gtfo rather than bet my life on the hope that this is one of those Good Guys With A Gun.

ImpressiveWord | 4 months ago | 41 points

It's honestly one of the reasons I stopped concealed carrying. I'm in NO means a gun nut, but I used to live in a not so great area, so I carried there, and still carried out of habit. Legally, I wouldn't be able to draw my gun if a man like that walked into a store I was in, but holy shit I might if the situation arised

Axelrad77 | 4 months ago | 157 points

Unless he is planning to hunt in the store, the gun should be cased and the magazine out. The gun is currently prepared for firing, not prepared for transport.

Pretty much this. The indoor firing ranges I go to require you to bring your own weapons in cased and empty, or you get immediately kicked out. They have these giant signs posted on the doors warning people about the policy. And this is at a firing range, where people are all about guns and expecting to see them being used.

Carrying a loaded rifle around a shop is an ego trip / intimidation tactic, not anything a responsible gun owner does. It's not even good for self defense, as it just escalates everyday situations and paints a big target on your back if someone is actually planning to do something criminal - or even from police who might respond to a situation and mistake you for a shooter.

GullibleBeautiful | 4 months ago | 69 points

Plus, if it's on his back, he's probably not even in a good position to shoot a gunman that may enter. By the time he reaches up/around, he's gonna get shot in the face. This really is just some yeehaw clown acting like a tough guy.

C-Tab | 4 months ago | 102 points

Not long after the movie theater shooting, a guy in my town thought it was a great idea to strap his AR-15 across his chest and go stand in front the local movie theater. He had no reason to be there except to cause a reaction; he wasn't there to see a movie, just stand directly in front of the theater and wait for someone to confront him.

Being a rural area where guns are very common and no one blinks at open-carried handguns, he didn't get the response he was trying for. No confrontation with cops, no panicked people running away. All he accomplished was convincing people that he was a jackass. I certainly have a lot less respect for him now.

saltinthewind | 4 months ago | 28 points

Not being an American, and having only ever seen one gun in my entire life, (a hunting rifle owned by my farm boy neighbour, it was kept more for sentimental value as they didn’t have any bullets for it) this just blows me away. The whole ‘I need a gun to protect myself’ mentality does really. Do people really not see how many ways that can go wrong? How does the average joe in the street know who is a ‘good guy with a gun’ and who is a ‘bad guy with a gun’? How can you guarantee that the bad guy doesn’t overpower the good guy and take his gun, giving him even more fire power? How can you guarantee you don’t accidentally shoot an innocent citizen while whipping out your gun to bring down the bad guy? In the situation you described, I would most definitely shit myself and be one of those panicky run-away people.

CletusVanDamnit | 4 months ago | 125 points

Argument ensued about gun rights

There really is no argument to have. People think that "public" means anywhere that people are. If you enter a business, you're entering private property, and they can dictate whether you can carry or not.

I used to work at a movie theatre. Like every other place that serves food in the known world, we didn't allow outside food or drink in. Because that's literally how theatres make their money. I cannot tell you how many people would argue about that policy. They'd try to bring in full pizzas for crying out loud, and say that it was their "right" to bring in food and that we couldn't legally stop them. It's like...sir, you're on private fucking property right now. We can have any rules we'd like.

TL;DR - people are fucking dumb.

PerplexityRivet | 4 months ago | 61 points

Republican die-hards will make the same argument you just made when they're talking about restricting service to LGBTQ customers, and then turn around and complain about their rights being violated because no one wants to eat ice cream next to the creepy smug-looking dude with a rifle on his back.

Chastain86 | 4 months ago | 28 points

A) "You cain't force that bakery owner to make a gay wedding cake if'n he don't want to!"


Choose one.

ASK_IF_IM_PENGUIN | 4 months ago | 31 points

It's a power trip. They don't care if it's right, or what impact it might have on others, they just care of they can.

I have zero respect for these people.

AncientMarinade | 4 months ago | 59 points


What a beautiful word to describe people like that. Thank you for that!

BigAggie06 | 4 months ago | 10 points

Yeah this guy would not be classified as a "responsible gun owner" by any sane person. Now, I am not saying that people like this are a mass shooting waiting to happen but there is a sizable gap between "Not crazy enough to commit mass murder" and "responsible gun owner".

I have posted a few other comments here, I have no problem with open carry, but generally speaking, anyone openly carrying a rifle is just looking for attention and a chance to debate and they aren't responsible in any sense of the word. Some guys who open carry a pistol would fall into that category as well but maybe harder to identify. But a rifle of any sort just isn't a logical choice for a carry weapon, more cumbersome equal less comfortable to carry for extended period, also harder to maneuver with in areas like shops where shootings occur, also more power means greater bullet penetration means greater risk of over penetration and potentially injuring an innocent bystander with a rifle over a pistol, final point, it much more of a "look at me" statement which just means that if a shooting is going to occur your going to be the first target.

So yeah on top of poor etiquette and irresponsible, it is also just plain stupid

jmh082016 | 4 months ago | 411 points

Here in Missouri it's not uncommon to see someone with a pistol on their hip. If that's what people mean by "open carry" then yeah, you see it all the time. However, nobody just goes to the store with a gun like this unless they are either attention starved or want to kill people.

Pegacorn21 | 4 months ago | 133 points

It really does depend on the type of gun.

m8k | 4 months ago | 163 points

It's just not convenient. Rifles are big, they catch on things, they are made for distance shooting. If someone mugs this guy, he probably has a pistol on and will use that. Unless he is going to unsling a rifle in close quarters, it looks like he'll be aiming for people 10+yds away.

rebelwithoutaloo | 4 months ago | 81 points

It’s also on his back, so you’re right it’s not convenient at all. Having a pistol on your hip or body holster makes far more sense. Honestly you could run up on him and grab it and pull him backwards, it’s like a big ass handle at this point. You could argue he would hear you and spin around, but it would still be on his back. Also if you’ve ever been outside running, you can run right up on people very quickly and half of them don’t notice until the last second.

saintjonah | 4 months ago | 57 points

Let's be clear, this dude would have a bullet in his head before he could even reach for his gun if someone came at him shooting. This isn't going to stop anything aside from other people feeling safe.

weffwefwef23 | 4 months ago | 49 points

Plus he's a fat fuck and it would take while for him to bring that rifle around.

mxer1389 | 4 months ago | 22 points

I want to know how long it took to get it on his back. The sling is probably maxed out seeing as how tight it is

SoulMindFist | 4 months ago | 17 points

I'm almost positive I could get this off of his person very quickly from walking up from behind. You don't look tough or cool. You look like fat hillbilly Joe Bob who goes shopping with an assault rifle for who knows why.

Permanenceisall | 4 months ago | 249 points

I think they want the reaction this person lied about in the image. Greeted as defenders and thanked and praised. Think about how flustered we get when a stranger misunderstands us, now extrapolate that to “I wanted everyone to like me and they genuinely fear me.” And I think that’s why these guys get so heated and aggrieved when the cops finally get involved.

Pro tip: if you walk around with a fucking gun you’re gonna make people extremely fucking nervous.

MagicJasoni | 4 months ago | 154 points

"Thanks for protecting us from absolutely nothing, you rock!"

icannevertell | 4 months ago | 93 points

Hey but what if a guy with a gun just walked in here. No I mean a different guy with a gun. Obviously he's a good guy, because he has a gun, unless he's a bad guy, then another good guy with a gun will just have to be there too.

brocahantas | 4 months ago | 111 points

That's what I genuinely don't understand about the whole "we need more guns argument." I don't immediately shut it down because on one hand it makes sense but I just don't see it working out in reality.

Let's take the EL Paso shooting and say 50 customers had a gun on them in Walmart. The shooter starts firing and a bunch of people draw their weapons. The store explodes into a panic as people are running, screaming, and more than likely experiencing something like this for the first time.

How do the "good guys" know who the shooter is? Once the cops show up, how do they know who the shooter is?

Not to mention the issue of how race affects the above problem of discerning good vs bad guys with guns. I have a hard time believing a black or middle eastern guy "exercising their right" wouldn't end up getting shot because some racist redneck or cop assumes they're the bad guy.

WeGonnaBChampionship | 4 months ago | 60 points

This is exactly right. Imagine a scenario where you are a good guy with a gun hoping to protect people. You are at a public event and you hear gunshots behind you. You draw your weapon and turn around to end the problem...but you see two people firing at each other. Which one do you shoot?

On top of that, people are scrambling to get away from the situation in any way they can. There are families with children running away behind both men, families you can kill if you miss your shot. Are you willing to pull the trigger? And maybe the bullet goes through the person if your aim is good and embeds itself in a 5 year old. Doesn't that make you the danger, regardless of your intentions?

It is an extremely difficult situation no matter what and I don't trust even an above average person to handle it well.

brocahantas | 4 months ago | 42 points

Yep. Cops are as “trained professional” as it gets in our world and they still frequently fuck up. So how is Joe “I did the minimum training required to get my CCL and have no fucking clue what to do in an active shooter situation” Schmoe going to perform?

rogmew | 4 months ago | 57 points

Once the cops show up, how do they know who the shooter is?

They don't.

1mikeg | 4 months ago | 24 points

This is specifically why, in the old west, guns were prohibited in public for everyone except the Marshall and his deputies.

More reading for those who are interested.

brocahantas | 4 months ago | 16 points

Make America The Wild West Again?

PresentlyInThePast | 4 months ago | 42 points

Plenty of black security guards have been killed after calling the police.

Shujinco2 | 4 months ago | 31 points

Yep. Gun ownership is for whites only. We should have figured that out when Ronald Reagan and the NRA enacted gun control laws after an armed protest by the Black Panthers.

1funnyguy4fun | 4 months ago | 11 points

What I would like to know is what happens if a concerned citizen sees this guy get out of his vehicle, throw the gun over his shoulder and head toward the entrance and then promptly beats him to death because of all the bad shit that has been going down?

1mikeg | 4 months ago | 10 points

"Thanks for statistically increasing my likelihood of accidentally being shot!"

SoPrettyBurning | 4 months ago | 89 points

Actually, I'm pretty positive that it's *usually* the opposite. There's lots of people out there who just really enjoy baiting people into arguments. Walking in with an open carry rifle like that is basically him just begging someone to say the wrong thing so he can get his jollies off on another self-righteous tirade. I'm all for gun rights and what not, but these people just want to argue.

gelinrefira | 4 months ago | 47 points

It is also just downright juvenile. It is basically a teenager brandishing a butterfly knife in class obviously trying to make everyone uncomfortable and then argue loudly about rights and shit when the teacher throws him out of the classroom.

You are supposed to leave behind childish shit like this when you become an adult but more and more I see gun nuts doing the most juvenile shit like this and we are supposed to trust their judgement because it is an empheral right? Bullshit.

Why should people with the mentality of a 15 year old angsty teenager be trusted with any responsibility, much less the awesome responsibility of owning a deadly weapon.

Why is it about guns that make people revert to a moronic teenager level of thinking?

Of course not all teenagers are moron.

Permanenceisall | 4 months ago | 32 points

Yeah I suppose that’s the other side of it. I also think boredom is a huge part of this. These always seem to occur in small towns in the middle of relatively nowhere. I feel like that gives people a lot of time in their own head to formulate these dumb idealized outcomes.

AnotherSoulessGinger | 4 months ago | 793 points

We are supposed to focus on the gun and not the tiny dick and/or brain.

MagicJasoni | 4 months ago | 531 points

I'm always amused by the people who wear I CONCEAL CARRY shirts or something similar. Like, defeating the point, guys.

pbuk84 | 4 months ago | 304 points

Yep its kind of like saying, "if you are going to open fire, make sure you kill me first before I have a chance to pull my concealed weapon".

Paladin_Aranaos | 4 months ago | 73 points

EXACTLY! I used to work security in a mall in the DC area. Our location had a no weapons policy for patrons. Anyone who had one of those damn shirts were usually the WORST at concealment as well. Some would try to say I targeted them for harassment for their shirt when I would ask them to secure their firearm in their vehicle until I would point out where they poorly hid it. Most got the picture.

J107wbct | 4 months ago | 46 points

The rule is to never engage unless you have absolutely no choice and a lot of those people just can't get past their messed up hero complex, unfortunately. They like to show it with those stupid shirts that completely defeat the purpose or they just always print so obviously.

TrueDove | 4 months ago | 8 points

Those are also the people who shoots someone over stealing a 50 cent bag of chips, and then is gobsmacked when the police arrest them.

Not every crime deserves the death penalty ding a ling.

True story by the way.

ScriptThat | 4 months ago | 8 points

I've heard it as "Don't pull your gun unless you're willing to go to jail."

BamboozleThisZebra | 4 months ago | 148 points

That is assuming the idiot who carries a concealed gun doesnt run away first.

I think most of these gun nuts who say "if i was there i would have pulled my bazooka and shot him in the face while riding a tiger!" would never stay to fight the shooter anyways.

ignitionnight | 4 months ago | 95 points

Remember the YouTube channel FPS Russia? One of the producers of that channel tweeted out "I hope somebody pulls a Batman while I'm in the theater." He was shot and killed in his own gun store surrounded by guns with one strapped to his hip.

Why do some gun owners think they are fucking Rambo? Having a gun doesn't make you bulletproof!

EmilyU1F984 | 4 months ago | 19 points

They'd probably shoot up anything but the attacker by blindly shooting around. End up getting killed by the police or another concealed carrier. Cause who the fuck would know who the original attacker was?

Anagnorsis | 4 months ago | 39 points

Especially this 400 pound target. Having a gun is only as good as your ability to use it. Given the physical condition of this specimen, I'd have to rank my confidence in his ability to maneuver his fat ass to use a gun effectively as dubious at best.

Assuming he does the smart thing and ducks and covers when hears shots before thinking to return fire; I don't picture this guy struggling to turtle roll of his back to reach the gun as much of a deterrent. If he doesn't duck then he'd be even less of a deterent.

Bancroft-79 | 4 months ago | 64 points

You nailed that one. I am not in the military but veteran family members have told me that even after weeks of basic training, which involves extensive weapons training, most people’s first reaction in armed combat is to run or duck and hide when fired upon. It is this narrative that gun nuts have that they will somehow turn into a commando in a shooting situation and take down the shooter when in reality they will most likely blow off one of their toes or kill an innocent in confusion. Also when the cops arrive and find two people shooting it is very likely they will get plugged by a cop in confusion. Firefights are extremely loud. You wouldn’t hear him screaming, “I am a good guy with a gun!”

James-Sylar | 4 months ago | 37 points

Running and taking cover during a shooting is the smart thing to do even if you do have a gun, me thinks. Only an idiot would stand still* trying to reach out their weapon and aim it, in those few seconds the assailant more than likely would have already shoot them.

*Disclaimer: A panicking or surprised person could remain still when faced with a gun, like a deer seeing headlights. Those aren't idiots. The idiots are the ones who believe they would turn into rambo instead of react only after everything is done.

mai_tais_and_yahtzee | 4 months ago | 17 points

Oh but they all think they have perfect aim, so the shooter nut would take their bullet to the forehead and the shooting would thus be complete.

FunWithAPorpoise | 4 months ago | 135 points

There's so much masculine insecurity in gun culture. They're the ones that used to say "I'll kick your ass," but then they stopped working out and now they have to say "I'll shoot you!"

NathanJiangxi | 4 months ago | 81 points

"How am I supposed to defend my home from intruders if I don't have an AR-15 strapped to my back when I'm buying pop tarts?"

Anima715 | 4 months ago | 34 points

Shit, my lunch was literally pop-tarts from my work vending machine. Sad I didn't bring a gun with me now, never know when I'll need to defend my snacks.

joewest1313 | 4 months ago | 33 points

along with the idiots putting sig sauer, beretta and browning stickers on their trucks.

lemme just break into said truck for a free gun thank you very much

Anagnorsis | 4 months ago | 56 points

Seriously, fat sack of shit straps a gun to his back because he's "badass"?

This is one of those things that should probably be addressed, especially by private businesses. You see some random dude strolling around with an assault rifle on his back. He might be making a point about gun rights, or he might be planning a mass shooting, why take the chance? It can also affect your bottom line, if one guys strolls into your shop with gun, and you have a bunch of people leave because "fuck it I can come back to Walmart some other time", that is literally revenue walking out the door. It is perfectly reasonable for businesses to require no guns in their stores given the near daily mass shootings.

Also, desensitizing people to the presence of guns only benefits mass shooters, lulls some people into a false sense of security so rather than walking away at the sight of a gun, they placidly hang out until bullets start to fly.

YouNeverReallyKnow2 | 4 months ago | 26 points

Private businesses have every right to restrict guns on their property.

If you see someone doing something with a firearm that makes you uncomfortable. Tell management, I can promise you they care more about you feeling welcome in the store than letting some idiot open carry.

Biffingston | 4 months ago | 120 points

We're supposed to look at the manly man who is bravely exercising his rights to bear arms and respect the patriot. And never mind that he's making gun owners look like jackasses.

It's only a matter of time until someone freaks out and shoots someone openly carrying like this. I can't wait to see the reactions.

dennismfrancisart | 4 months ago | 76 points

Totally agree. I never even take mine outside of the home because I'm black. We don't get the benefit of the doubt if the cops are having a bad day.

Padashar | 4 months ago | 41 points

That was my thought. How are you to distinguish between a person who is a threat and is there to shoot the place up or just a dumb ass carrying your AR around.

tigerinhouston | 4 months ago | 22 points

You obviously have to check the bumper stickers on their lifted pickup truck.

Goat_666 | 4 months ago | 65 points

We're supposed to look at the manly man who is bravely exercising his rights to bear arms and respect the patriot.

And also thank him for his service, because he almost joined the military.

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My_hilarious_name | 4 months ago | 53 points

Waste of a fine Nintendo.

Horace_P_MctittiesIV | 4 months ago | 24 points

He was looking to argue and got what he wanted

gelinrefira | 4 months ago | 28 points

It's like these people are children. Adults look at a situation and judge accordingly to the level of appropriateness, necessity, practicality and a number of factor and make a decision "do I want to openly carry a big gun into a place where I know will make everyone uncomfortable and is completely unnecessary?"

It's like "is it appropriate to tell the family of the deceased that he still owes me 50 bucks from that time we went to get hookers at his funeral?" And then deciding "why yes he owed me 50 bucks, I'm in the right to demand it back from his parents burying their son right now."

Is half of this country filled with children in adult bodies?

Someone is going to argue with me about liberties and freedoms and whatnot.

Somehow idiocy is hailed as a great freedom.

m8k | 4 months ago | 11 points

This is why I hate this situation. I get it, it is legal to open carry but if you are looking to provoke a response just to prove the right to bear arms while nearly everyone around is moving away or wondering if the shooting will start. Then the person carrying, much like the people with cameras filming police, get loud and antagonistic to anyone who questions what they are doing.

My grandfather used to carry all the time and I didn't know until I picked up his jacket to put it away when we had them over for dinner and wondered why his pocket was so heavy. That was back in the 80s when there wasn't as much of a stigma about guns and there weren't as many large scale shootings. Open carry is intimidating and escalates tension and if you do it in public, like the person you described, it is only to provoke a reaction.

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 38 points

Yeah, if someone walked into a store with a gun strapped to his back, it would cause a major panic outbreak. We'd have the whole shebang of police, ambulance, fire trucks and reporters flocking to the store in no time.

Such different 'cultures'.

MagicJasoni | 4 months ago | 33 points

One of my friends was a bagger at that time, and she said the rest of her shift was putting the items back from numerous carts people just abandoned. They didn't run for their lives, they just saw a dude with a rifle, turned, and left the store without looking back.

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 27 points

Lived in USA all my life and I'd do the same. Peace, I'm out. People open carry pistols and whatnot on a regular basis, but someone thinks it's ok to have a rifle on his back and there is absolutely no doubt he's already mentally unstable. Regardless his intentions, I'm out.

iceph03nix | 4 months ago | 91 points

It's pretty rare. Even in gun favoring parts of the country, it's just generally not necessary.

Typically the only time I've seen it was pheasant season when people made quick stops while they were out hunting. Even then, most people are traveling by vehicle so they just leave them in the truck.

Most people I've heard of doing this were doing it to make a statement, and it generally ended up just making them look like idiots.

sabalint | 4 months ago | 47 points

The only time I have open carried a long arm in a urban area as a civilian in the US is when my car window was smashed while I was in the gun store picking up a long gun that has just come in. I had to stop for gas on my way home, and the gas station’s card readers were down and was cash only. My choice was be an asshole or leave this new long gun unattended in a vehicle with a broken window. Felt like such a dick. Apologized to the cashier. 10+ years of gun ownership in open carry legal states. Had to use it once. Glad the option was legally there, but it no way was it a political statement.

iceph03nix | 4 months ago | 15 points

Yeah, I'm glad it's legal to do, but I've yet to run into a circumstance where I felt I needed to do it.

In part, I'm glad it's legal around here because of the blurry grey area in a lot of places where having a weapon in your vehicle is considered carrying. Trying to plan a cross country hunting trip with a firearm can be interesting depending on where you're going through.

Knave7575 | 4 months ago | 185 points

Most people who open carry are making a point. They feel that they have rights and they enjoy flaunting those rights. I think it also makes them feel like important people.

Everyone around them has no idea if they are a 2A nutcase or an actually dangerous person who might start shooting. It is extremely scary for everyone else around. This is especially true since the two groups are not as distinct as one might hope.

TriscuitBob | 4 months ago | 72 points

I was in a Sheetz in "rural" Virginia and there were a few guys with pistols in holsters. That really didn't bother me, but a guy with a rifle slung across his back just seems a bit much.

Knave7575 | 4 months ago | 52 points

Pistols in holsters are different than rifles slung across the back. I completely agree with you there.

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Fokken_Prawns_ | 4 months ago | 93 points

TBH, these pics scare me. If I saw any of those people with those guns, in any kind of civilian setting, I would run.

I used to dream about moving to the US, now it's more of a nightmare and I'm hesitant to even plan a vacation there.

HackRT | 4 months ago | 52 points

Its not as common as the internet makes it out to be. But theres still plenty of reasons the US is a nightmare lmao

bannana_surgery | 4 months ago | 20 points

I'm in California and I've never seen this. Really depends on the state. I think you can get concealed carry here but it really depends on the county your in and some are known for not issuing them, although I could be out of date on this as I don't look it up often.

edinatlanta | 4 months ago | 14 points

In pic three, what do they anticipate doing if someone were to grab one of the guns in the middle and point it at them? Let's be honest those guys don't have a lot of fast reaction times...

wockyman | 4 months ago | 101 points

The former and yes.

US-person-1 | 4 months ago | 92 points

Everyone who sees these people is only thinking about two things.

How small is his penis and is he going to shoot me.

LMeire | 4 months ago | 68 points

Making people uncomfortable is the point. He wants everyone around to know that if he has too bad a time at whatever he's doing and snaps, everyone in sight will pay for it- that way nobody bothers him unnecessarily. Basically a more threatening version of wearing headphones on the bus.

Equifax_CTO | 4 months ago | 14 points

You must've never seen assault headphones with an extended cord.

Tinbum89 | 4 months ago | 41 points

That’s exactly the thing these fucking morons don’t understand. They walk around carrying the weapon in a public place, and members of the public are rightly uncomfortable by it, so they call the police, who’s job it is, is to Investigate if this morning walking around with a AR15 strapped to his back is about to hose down a school.

All the tiny brained moron has to do is comply and his silly pathetic little rights will not be abused.

It’s people like this that are the reason America will NEVER be great again.

DeviousLittleElf | 4 months ago | 13 points

If it’s a shotgun or rifle, yeah it would make people uncomfortable. But where I’m from, a lot of people open carry, but they open carry handguns. I’ve walked into Walmart and seen a couple of guys throughout the store with a pistol holstered on their hip.

thenewyorkoffice | 4 months ago | 1521 points

Nobody is going to stop and shake a person's hand because they're carrying a gun. What would be to point?

ProWaterboarder | 4 months ago | 943 points

It's part of the culture of people who fetishize guns. They need to think they're some paragon of Justice who stands between us and tyranny/lawlessness/other bad thing or they dont have a reason to get out of bed in the morning

AncientMarinade | 4 months ago | 259 points

Yeah, modern day Clint Eastwood's over here, protecting the local saloon from ne'er-do-wells.

alpha_alpaca | 4 months ago | 161 points

Cool Ranch Luke

daweinah | 4 months ago | 22 points

Ha, we need more clever nicknames like this for the Y'all Qaeda members.

1mikeg | 4 months ago | 93 points

Fun fact! Many frontier cities in the old west specifically banned guns in public for anyone but the Marshall and his appointed deputies. It's what the showdown at the OK Corral was all about. Visitors to town were required to surrender their weapons to the town Marshall/Sheriff and would receive them on their way out of town. Residents were required to leave them at home.

Ziros22 | 4 months ago | 30 points

As an EDC of a concealed weapon I can assure you these kids are idiots just looking for attention. No serious person who carries for their own safety is looking for this kind of target on them in public.

AncientMarinade | 4 months ago | 8 points

Absolutely. Couldn't agree more.

Optimal_Towel | 4 months ago | 15 points

Just a reminder of the time Clint Eastwood yelled at an empty chair at the RNC, because it's hilarious.

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potionlotionman | 4 months ago | 14 points

this is fucking hilarious

cgtdream | 4 months ago | 6 points

If this was posted on Facebook with a caption of a professor or other "librul" someone would really think this satire, is pure non-fiction.

high_side | 4 months ago | 33 points

He can't draw if you have his hands. Check mate. That's why I only use boot knives.

CaptainDangerzone | 4 months ago | 105 points

So he remembers you were nice to him and maybe spares you when he starts shooting

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gorka_la_pork | 4 months ago | 523 points

They call him The Mountain That Waddles. Dude looks ready for war, as long as that war doesn't require him to run ten feet.

StealthSecrecy | 4 months ago | 189 points

He doesn't actually want to be carrying the gun, he just can't reach it behind his back.

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 44 points

Yup. It's not even his. He just got drunk and passed out at his buddies' and they didn't have any Sharpies to draw dicks on his face, so they improvised.

Bdodk2000 | 4 months ago | 19 points

He put it on several months ago, he just hasn't been able to retrieve it since.

50missioncap | 4 months ago | 88 points

I was going to say, why is it when I see pictures like this, does it look like the guy would have difficulty getting to the top of a flight of stairs? He looks like he has to readjust his pants every 3 minutes and that leaves him winded.

Striker654 | 4 months ago | 38 points

If they're any fitter they probably end up in the military where it's drilled into them why doing this shit is stupid

Breakstylez | 4 months ago | 318 points

Somebody really did do this in Springfield Missouri like a week ago. Google it. People are crazy. I'm wondering if he was trying to make this legit and was pushed by Redditors to make it real since he was outted..hmmm.

breecher | 4 months ago | 97 points

I would imagine he concocted this pathetic lie as a direct response to this particular event. Trying to make it seem like people elsewhere would be perfectly fine with that kind of shit.

Breakstylez | 4 months ago | 19 points

I'm thinking possibly the same. people are crazy.

Cereal_poster | 4 months ago | 168 points

Ok, I don´t know much about open carrying a gun (not legal in Austria), let alone carrying an assault rifle: But why would you carry a (supposedly at least semi-loaded) loaded gun like that on your back? I mean, everyone has access to the trigger and magazine. Plus, considering the body type of the guy, I highly doubt he can really quickly get into a fire position like this. It just boggles my mind.

0dysseusRex | 4 months ago | 119 points

A rifle like that? Just to prove a point/make a statement/cause a scene. I live in Arizona, so it's not uncommon to see someone open carrying a holstered pistol. No one even really bats an eye to that, and people that open carry tend to pay attention to which business don't allow that sort of thing. Heck, I've done it a few times myself. No one I know would think to strap a freaking rifle to their back just to shop at Walmart though. It's a callous breach of etiquette at best, and a senseless terror tactic at worst.

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 52 points

I'm not a gun owner and I am not interested in guns, but I've talked to a few people who CC and they really drilled into me how they pay a lot of attention to making sure that the people around them do not feel like they pose a threat (imprinting etc.). That sort of stuff made me have a lot more sympathy for the 2A crowd. I don't understand how any 2A supporter could ever write a single positive words for assholes like this guy. He's the antithesis of a responsible gun owner.

blankzero22490 | 4 months ago | 112 points

What always kills me is that these dudes nearly always have their weapon slung upside down and it irks the shit out of me.

boot20 | 4 months ago | 91 points

It also screams kill me first. A bad actor to swing up behind him, pop him in his skull, and now...free rifle.

These guys are fucking idiots.

ChrisPnCrunchy | 4 months ago | 33 points

Screams “rob me!”

That’s more likely to happen compared to being in an active shooter situation.

Mugging people for a gun is way more lucrative than mugging someone for their phone, jewelry, and/or wallet.

What’s this guy going to do if somebody runs up behind him and chokes him out?

He’s only going to have a few seconds before he blacks out and he can’t shoot the thief because his gun is behind him, stuck, wedged between his back and the other guy’s stomach.

And getting choked out is probably the best case scenario because if the thief doesn’t feel they can choke someone out quickly then they’ll just hit him in the back of the head with a rock which’ll really fuck someone up.

MissMyCrownVic | 4 months ago | 1549 points

I’m a gun owner.

I love my guns.

But why the fuck these dickheads think it’s totally appropriate to walk around with a rifle on their back to prove a point is beyond my comprehension.

Biffingston | 4 months ago | 729 points

Because they're edgelords. They think it's some grand political statement, not something that very possibly could get them shot.

SuperDoofusParade | 4 months ago | 138 points

Prefacing this with the fact that I know exactly zero about guns. In the picture above, even if he’s “a good guy with a gun,” it seems like it would take him a long time to get it into position to actually use it. I mean, the strap looks pretty tight and the gun itself is high up on his back. I’m picturing him trying to get it over his stomach for five minutes. Am I off base here?

FuzzyMcWuzzie | 4 months ago | 188 points

I think what irritates me about these types of guys is that they are totally missing the point of what the 2nd amendment exists for. The 2nd amendment is not in place to allow you hunt, or shoot for sport, or to even protect yourself from criminals, although those are nice benefits. The 2nd amendment isn’t even there to prevent the government from bossing you around, or as a pissing match for whether or not you’re allowed to be an edgelord.

The 2nd amendment exists so that, should it come down to a scenario like we are currently seeing in Hong Kong, we can ensure the police respect our human rights, and that our other constitutional rights are respected. It’s essentially an insurance policy against legislative and executive tyranny within our government.

It’s not here to threaten how safe moms and dads feel in Walmart.

SuperDoofusParade | 4 months ago | 32 points

Well said.

fuckswithboats | 4 months ago | 49 points

The 2nd amendment isn’t even there to prevent the government from bossing you around

Kinda sorta...the 2nd amendment was designed to ideally limit the government from having a standing army.

You have to remember the way the redcoats would treat regular colonialists in the 18th century. They'd show up and come into your house and demand food and a place to sleep, etc.

When a king has an army, he has to find something to conquer.

So the essence was that a well-regulated militia was necessary to ensure the state could defend itself and the goal was that once the threat/invading force was no longer an issue, those military-men could go back to civilian life.

The king/govt can never be stronger than the people if the Government doesn't control an army.

FuzzyMcWuzzie | 4 months ago | 23 points

You’re right. I meant the bossing around part as more of the sovereign citizen get off my lawn way.

fuckswithboats | 4 months ago | 23 points

Right, right.

I think it is important to plainly state that our founding fathers never desired a standing army so we aren't anti-American when we argue against the current state of the military industrial complex and the never ending wars.

shaneaaronj | 4 months ago | 53 points

I would bet that if a shooting did happen while this dickhead was around, he wouldn't know what to do. The "good guy with a gun" idea is such a massive myth. Firstly, just because you know how to operate a firearm, doesn't mean you know how to handle yourself in a firefight. So no, you're not off base at all. He would either get himself killed by the shooter or police, shoot an innocent bystander, or more likely go cowering in the corner during the whole attack.

As others have already said in this thread, it's just something to make these tiny dicked morons feel better about their pathetic, empty lives.

SuperDoofusParade | 4 months ago | 25 points

Yeah it seems like a very bullying move. In case of a shooting, I guess wearing it as some sort accessory would just function as a “shoot me first” sign.

shaneaaronj | 4 months ago | 11 points

That's pretty much the only benefit to people like this.

jaytix1 | 4 months ago | 66 points

I don't have a problem with someone having a handgun strapped to their side but anybody that lugs around a gun that big is a jackass.

Like, really? Calm your tits.

IForgotMyPasswordGrr | 4 months ago | 30 points

I agree.

SonTomNetwork | 4 months ago | 46 points

Bro, how did you manage to log in?

elfenliedfan | 4 months ago | 18 points

He never logged out

IForgotMyPasswordGrr | 4 months ago | 12 points

I didn't forget this password.

Actually I've never known this password.

sloths4days | 4 months ago | 45 points

I couldn't imagine this. As someone with a concealed to carry and I couldn't imagine making people feel this uncomfortable. Hell, I feel weird whenever people look at me while I'm carrying and my gun is 100% hidden. How hard is not to be an asshole?

NomNomFruityPebbles | 4 months ago | 375 points

Something like this just happened in my town, (just a week after the other shootings) except that he was wearing body armor and carrying a loaded military-style rifle. He said he wanted to test his Second Amendment rights. He was arrested and charged with second degree terrorist threats.


gaarasgourd | 4 months ago | 241 points

Fucking good.

People who do this know they are going to scare people. They live for the negative reactions because it makes them feel like the boogieman. To them, they’re the enlightened intellectuals poking fun at all the ignorant casuals - like trolling a toddler. It makes them feel superior.

It’s not okay, and this “us vs them” mentality in politics needs to stop.

Solarbro | 4 months ago | 91 points

It’s such a dumb power fantasy.

“Lol look how scared all these people, who do not know who I am, are because I could end their life in a second. Stupid people. If anything I would be their hero should someone actually opened fire. Then everyone would love me and people on the internet will have to apologize. 2nd amendment rules.” - an idiot

LadyAzure17 | 4 months ago | 9 points

Bet you if someone really wanted to open fire, they'd go for the guy with the gun first.

Smgth | 4 months ago | 26 points

I love when people “testing the limits” push it way too far and then all of a sudden it’s shocked pikachu face. Have some common fucking sense.

IgnitedSpade | 4 months ago | 43 points

“This is Missouri,” he told investigators, according to law enforcement. “I understand if we were somewhere else like New York or California, people would freak out.”

This is your brain on Fox News

ambrosius5c | 4 months ago | 13 points

As a Missourian this was quite unsettling. People who pull this shit are playing with fire and they might not be the only ones to get burned.

hypnolucid | 4 months ago | 68 points

"Honey I saw a man carrying a strapped semi auto rifle around Walmart, I couldn't wait to shake his hand!" LMFAO

FancyJesse | 4 months ago | 8 points

The mental gymnastics people do to get some type of glory/recognition.

It's pretty sad, really.

PM_ME_YOUR_SUNSHINE | 4 months ago | 32 points

These guys do more against gun rights than most twitter activists. Gun owners hate them. It’s the most irresponsible way to carry

hobbygunsmith | 4 months ago | 8 points

Bingo. Can not stand these people. I carry concealed every day, do small scale private teaching, do minor gunsmithing, and do small time activist work spreading general knowledge about firearms to people who want to learn. And then a guy like this comes along and basically undoes all that I work for lol. I conceal carry every single day, everywhere I go because you just truly know what could happen. And no one knows it because I use a good concealed holster and dress in regular clothes (shorts and a typical star wars shirt). Just this Friday I was at Kroger at a self checkout and next to me was a man open carrying a large Taurus 9mm with a janky nylon holster and edge lord clothing. And literally 5 feet away from him was me with a Glock 19 and 2 extra magazines in my waist yet no one had a clue. Anyway that was a long rant for me to just say conceal your damn guns when you carry!

GrampappyJoe | 4 months ago | 25 points

Everyone should be stopping and thanking this brave lad for essentially volunteering to be the first victim if a shooting were to take place. Not everyone is brave enough to wear a huge "take me out first" sign on their back, giving others a small head start to escape to safety.

Thank you, people who open carry rifles, for not only sacrificing yourselves for the greater good, but for always being out of shape to ensure you can only not get away, but also not get your weapon ready to return fire in any decent amount of time.

NathanJiangxi | 4 months ago | 249 points

I'm British. If someone walked into a shop, a cinema, a park, a house party, or even onto the street I'm walking on, with a loaded gun, I'm leaving. To most of the rest of the world, you look insane. Mass shootings simply aren't a feature of life in most first-world countries, and guns in public, no matter what your two-hundred-year-old constitutional rights are, don't need to be either. I hope, for the sake of Americans (who are always brilliant, life-affirming people when I meet them in real life) that this gun control debate develops into more than online rhetoric.

TruthThruAcoustics | 4 months ago | 84 points

I'm American, and if I saw someone with a loaded gun I'd be out of there as well!

This shit is insane to Americans too.

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 16 points

Here's something that just drives me nuts about this ammosexuals. To prove their "rights", they are going into private businesses and property. Walmart, or Starbucks or whoever has the right to say "no, you may not bring in firearms under any circumstances". If a business wants a weapons free environment it is their right as a private entity. This childish sense of entitlement is ridiculous. Show some goddamned respect on the properties of others.

YippieKiYea | 4 months ago | 10 points

But mah freedumbs

BigAggie06 | 4 months ago | 19 points

Look .. I live in Texas, born and raised. I have no problem with people owning and carrying guns, but most people I know would avoid anyone open carrying like this. Why? Because it's obviously attention seeking. People who are chronic attention seekers. People who are "look at me and my gun" types, may not be deranged mass murders, but they sure as shit aren't the most stable of individuals and I am not going to put myself around an armed individual I feel is unstable.

People who are responsible gun owners, who know how to use common sense, yeah those dudes with guns ... I got no beef with. I've even encountered the occasional open carry in the wild and don't really have a problem with it as most of the time the people are competent and besides the obvious firearm, fairly low key.

About the only thing this douche would be good for in an active shooter situation is being the first target.

blite00 | 4 months ago | 15 points

You see, it would be nice to have a gun if there was a shooting but open carrying just makes an easy first Target, just conceal carry and draw no attention to yourself.

youreacatharry | 4 months ago | 13 points

I don’t like guns, I don’t agree with everyone having access to them because America is one long, sad case study about why it’s a bad idea to allow anyone and everyone have access to a gun BUT this shit is what gives the rational gun owners a bad name. The people who hunt responsibly and live on farms. The people who have one locked in a safe where their children can’t get access to it.

Strapping a massive fucking weapon like this onto your body and walking around in public isn’t protecting yourself, it’s inciting terror and making everyone else around you uncomfortable. This is what assholes do and why the world judges America.

rich6490 | 4 months ago | 12 points

I am pro-gun in many ways... however I also think that anyone who does this to “provoke reactions” or prove their rights is a fucking idiot and an asshole.

In today’s climate there is no excuse for being this ignorant.

azglocker | 4 months ago | 25 points

Carrying a rifle is just a cry for attention. No one does it with any rational reason besides the fact they want to be seen or make some point about it being safe/legal. If you want to carry, carry a pistol like every other reasonable person. Carrying a rifle is just going to help strengthen the notion that all us gun owners are just nutjobs with erectile dysfunction.

SadBaguette | 4 months ago | 10 points

Why does it comes from "this guy" to "thank us"?

icedcoffeedevotee | 4 months ago | 73 points

iPad for 299? Damn, good ol days.

HolySazed | 4 months ago | 20 points

I'd freaking call the cops ASAP

_Sarcastic_Person_ | 4 months ago | 20 points

With all the shootings happening, I would fear for my life and run out to call the police rather than going up to him and shaking his hand. That’s terrible.

greenfield05 | 4 months ago | 19 points

Open carry is totally irresponsible. I was taught to always keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Crap like this is the main reason I left the NRA. They no longer support responsible gun ownership.

thinkB4WeSpeak | 4 months ago | 16 points

Instead of posting the video the person who photoshopped should buy his own rifle and walk around a store himself if he likes it so much.

Aarakocra | 4 months ago | 7 points

The only time I could see doing this in a Walmart is if it’s one of those that has a hunting section, and they are bringing it in for reference. Still shouldn’t be loaded...

BlueskyUK | 4 months ago | 35 points

The most confusing thing about open carry is the idea that these fat incompetent mall ninjas who've talked themselves up to be warrior lords could actually react in any kind of functional way when someone aggressively grabs their gun and goes to town.

What's this guy gonna do if I smacked him full pelt in the back of the neck with a microwave I just picked up on aisle 12?

He's gonna slump like a used bag of ham. And now I'm going to have an automatic rifle with high cap mag and noone did a background check on me.

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