Open Carry Gun Nut Terrorizes Mississippi Town, Police Can’t Do Anything About It (Video)

0513_opencarry2201I’m someone who usually tries to have an open mind about most things, but there’s no way you’ll ever convince me that openly carrying guns out in public is a good thing. I’ve yet to have a single one of these gun nuts tell me how, if I lined up a group of 100 random people (some law-abiding citizens and some criminals) who were openly carrying guns, I could spot the “good guys” from the “bad guys” before the bad guys start shooting.

In these states where citizens are legally allowed to openly carry guns, a psychopath could stroll around society openly carrying the very weapon they would eventually use to commit mass murder. And the worst part is, no matter how many people might call the police to report someone who “looks suspicious carrying a gun,” in a state where it’s legal to do so, there’s almost nothing the police can do about it.

Just look at a story out of Mississippi where an open carry gun fanatic is apparently purposely going around terrorizing citizens who are out shopping by loading and racking (the motion of sliding the forend back to pop out the shell) a shotgun they’re carrying in places like Walmart, Krispy Kreme and Winn Dixie.

According to WMC:

According to authorities, the two men walked into the Walmart on Highway 49 around 8 p.m. Witnesses said the man holding the shotgun was actively loading and racking the firearm. Walmart does not have a policy about guns inside its stores.

“If I were in a situation where I’m in the store shopping with my family and I see an individual loading a 12 gauge, and racking it, I’m not coming to the conclusion this is good,” said Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania. “While the actions of these two men are sanctioned by state laws, what they did negatively impacted our community.”

The stupidity of all of this just gets overwhelming sometimes. To sit here and watch a police chief admit that there’s someone out there who’s going around loading and unloading a shotgun, seemingly with the purposeful intent to taunt or terrorize those around them, and there’s nothing they can do about it because this behavior is protected by law just gives me a headache.

“You don’t have to look hard in today’s media and see demonstrations of very violent acts. And if I had been in the store last night watching someone load a shotgun and rack it, that’s not normal. And that usually precipitates a violent act,” Papania went on to say to a reporter.

Here’s my question: Say I’m someone who’s out with my family and suddenly some stranger begins moving toward me and my family in an aggressive manner while loading a shotgun, wouldn’t it be reasonable for me to feel threatened by that behavior? And if so, wouldn’t I then be justified for pulling out my concealed handgun and killing this individual who I felt posed a threat to me and my family?

Or am I only allowed to do that after they attempt to shoot and possibly kill one of us?

If you want to carry a concealed handgun to protect yourself, that’s fine. But what we’re seeing are more and more of these stories where one of these open carry idiots has gone out actively terrifying citizens, and their behavior was legal due to these open carry laws.

It’s just a matter of time before “open carry” is going to run into “stand your ground” and then we’ll see what these gun nuts have to say for themselves.

Watch the police chief’s comments below:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Hildabeast

    These guys are fucking tools.This coming from someone who carries concealed almost everyday.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      you must be a terrified little fella to feel the need to carry a gun everyday to feel safe. What is it like to live a life comsumed by fear?

      • Projectile Vomit

        No Im just cautious.Never know when you will run into some idiot like the guy that went off in Charleston.Bet those people were wishing they had a gun when the shooting started.

      • The Cosmic Avenger

        Well, I would think it’s more likely that they’re wishing that Dylann Roof never had a gun. Having to shoot someone to save your life or someone else’s life can still be traumatic.

      • rejectrepublicanlies

        Unfortunately, even as a Progressive, I’ve had death threats. I now carry. It’s unfortunate, but there are a lot of nuts out there.

      • You must be a moron to make that statement.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        hardly. I’m not a coward and don’t need a gun to feel safe. Apparently you are a coward and need a gun to walk outside without wetting down your leg. What is it like to live a life consumed by your own cowardice?

      • Idiot. Were you ever in the infantry? Or were you too self serving and too cowardly? The truth is I know that you’re an arrogant dumb ass, but if need be I’ll give my life to defend even an undeserving, low info, piece of crap like you. That’s just what men do.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        LMAO…you are unhinged. No I was not infantry. I had other options while on Active Duty for 20+ years, like many others do. I have many friends who are and were Infantry and it’s not that big of a deal nor something to overly glamorize. Unfortunately, some of our least intelligent end up in the Infantry as a last resort. Was that your case?

        Apparently, you are the arrogant dumb ass here. And I love how people like you pretend like you are some kind of savior….that is rich! You are a total coward and loon.

      • If I don’t think about what you wrote it makes perfect sense.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        try not to shoot up a mall or anything tonight….

      • At some point in your life you’ll need get control of your hysteria and stop thinking and acting like a 6th grade girl. Nobody is impressed or changed by your Jr. High hyperbole. I don’t understand why liberals think that whipping themselves into an emotional frenzy, like a four year old who doesn’t want to go to bed, still works when they are adults. Have a nice day.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        If you can’t handle my replies, don’t respond to my posts when I’m not addressing you to begin with, especially 6 month old posts. At some point in your life, I hope you realize people like me are not intimidated or in the least bit impressed by you or people like you.

        Happy Holidays

      • Nobody is trying to intimidate you, you just feel intimidated because of what and who you are, a person with the critical thinking skills and emotional maturity of a 6th grade girl.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        You should probably learn to read before looking anymore stupid than you already do.

    • rejectrepublicanlies

      Concealed is fine.

    • fuckiraq

      Yep they give gun owners a bad name.

      • noah vail

        you’re right…not all gun owners are crazy but it’s that 99% who are that make the rest look bad

    • None

      I agree, while it is their right to do so they are just asking for trouble and unwanted attention. I carry too.

  • IceStormer

    “It’s just a matter of time before “open carry” is going to run into “stand your ground” and then we’ll see what these gun nuts have to say for themselves.”

    The dead rarely say anything at all.

  • You usually get what you vote for.

  • rejectrepublicanlies

    Just shoot them. You were in fear for your safety and your life. You thought he was a criminal. Case closed.

  • Mark Marcotte

    All that is needed here is for someone to believe this moron was threatening them and then shoot him dead. It’s amazing that this has not happened yet. This will happen folks. Just a matter of time.

  • voxetveritas

    hmmmm….so I can see many “armed while black or Hispanic” police killings coming soon. I’m sure Dallas cops don’t want to see minorities carrying pistols on the hip. this is bad for Texas. btw I am a hunter and gun owner. I keep my guns in a locker when not in use. I’m a liberal yea, but I’m also man enough to stand my ground without a heater in my hand. I’ve faced down armed men before and lived to tell about it. I’m not some bad a*s, just a regular guy raised by honest, God fearing people of the greatest generation.

  • Jim Bean

    Who is a greater threat to society? An open carry advocate or a Liberal with a cell phone and a driver’s license? The evidence clearly indicates its the latter.

    Society can benefit by intelligent prioritizing.

  • Madpenguin

    If this would have been a person of color, they’d be dead.

  • FD Brian

    I’m assuming this guy was white, otherwise he would probably be dead.

  • Lance H

    So if a man is walking down the street obeying the law, minding his own business, not acting crazy, and that terrorizes you, you have much bigger problems.

  • John Galt

    Too bad no open carry folks were attending that Christmas Party in San Bernadino.