Skip to comments.NH:Armed Citizen Confronted at Starbucks
Posted on 09/17/2013 6:42:23 AM PDT by marktwain
Here I am, minding my own business, sitting with my husband and son in the Starbucks on Main Street. I had several things to take care of, as our vacation plans have been drastically altered by a broken-down vehicle, and needed internet access to handle them.This is an unusual experience for people who openly carry firearms. I have openly carried firearms for many years, and the number of negative encounters, all milder than the one above, can be numbered on the fingers of one hand. It might help that I have been told that I have a mild and inoffensive appearance. I have also been told that I look like a policeman. Fortunately, I have never had another person loudly complain to management that I was allowed to carry a firearm.
A man came up to me, pointed at my holstered sidearm, and asked rather indignantly, "What is that?"
I replied, "That is my defensive sidearm, sir."
"Well, I'm glad you feel safer, but I don't." he said.
"I'm sorry you feel that way, sir," I said calmly.
The complainer then went immediately (and loudly) went to the staff, demanding they "do something" about me. The staff simply responded that I was well within my rights, and they would do nothing. He told them he didn't feel safe, and another customer piped in that he indeed felt safer with me carrying a sidearm. The complainer then left the store in a huff, hollering that he would never come back to this store, because of the policy.
Later the customer who piped up came by and thanked me for carrying. The staff never made any comment to me. My son did note, however, that the complainer drove off in a car with Massachusetts plates, so that explains a lot.
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Was the hubby carrying too?
Figures that it would be some “Masshole” who would complain
Pay no attention to the obnoxious Masshole.
Correct answer: Well, if you don't feel safe, maybe you should carry one too.
The MASSHOLES strike again.
So the guy started harrassing a stranger that was carrying a holstered sidearm. He sounds like a candidate to be a self-correcting error. Definitely not the brightest bulb in the pack.
He well might, if the Peoples’ Republic of Massachusetts would let him.
I wish I could carry here in the People’s Republic of Maryland. Especially since the people who elect the democrats to rule us are also in the Counties that carry the most votes, and have the most crime.
We are ruled by Prince Georges Counties and Baltimore and surrounding area’s the places with the most crime an the biggest need for the rest of us to carry, but Maryland is filled with Democrat Gun Grabbers.
Had I been in the store, I would have led a hearty round of applause.
The guy is willing to “confront” an open-carrier, so how “unsafe” could he feel? I mean if you were really scared of the open carrier, why would you confront and potentially anger them? In reality, the guy probably knows armed citizens are the most law abiding demographic. He just doesn’t like guns, doesn’t want anyone else having them and is a nosy asshole to boot.
I mostly OC when in Arizona (nice to have that choice) and have not had any issues so far.
The little fascist felt safe enough to start a confrontation though, didn't he?
Funny how these busybodies get really indignant ONLY when dealing with civilized palefaces.
As far as the young lady goes, I would advise you to conceal carry and don’t provoke when in public. Keep a low profile.
Suppose: You’re afraid of guns. You see someone with a gun. Your fear makes you exceedingly anxious that that person may shoot up the place, you included.
You decide to:
2. Approach the person with the gun and piss them off
Select one answer and justify your choice.
Because she was a woman. I daresay that yellow bellied coward would never have started that conversation with a male or a minority.
Wouldn't you like to hear someone say that on some national cable show today?
Mostly can be handled with the finger of one hand.
Clearly she wasn't wearing her 'WARNING: I have PMS and a GUN' t-shirt...the whiny little marxist wouldn't have had the 'balls' to approach her under those circumstances.
I’m really surprised that he/She didn’t tell the complainer to “F” Off and mind his. Own business.
The complainant knows that if he was carrying, he’d be likely to shoot someone for no good reason, so he believes that everyone carrying is likely to shoot someone for no good reason.
I was shooting a pistol (a .38) when a MAMIT on a bicycle rode over from a nearby trail to confront us. My nephew listened to the man from a distance, then went to the gun bag and picked up a magnum. He then fired three shots in rapid succession at the targets.
The MAMITs friend (who was now next to him) then said: Come on man, let it go.
My nephew then said to us: What kind of an idiot confronts a total stranger who has a gun?
I’d have told them they didn’t need to feel afraid, hoplophobia is treatable.
We had a 2nd Amendment support day for the S’bux location here in GreenAcres (NW of ATL) a few weeks ago with numerous citizens participating in their right to open or concealed carry while overpaying (!) for their coffee drinks.
Of course liberals never make any sense so it is obvious a liberal would go with choice number 2.
I believe Sigmund Freud correctly noted the strong correlation between those with serious sexual immaturity issues and an unreasonable fear of weapons.
He posited that both disorders stem from the same underlying cause of fear of responsibility and insecurity.
The same mental disorder of insecurity underlies much of the modern Democrat party. It’s why they want big government making all the decisions for them.
Figures - the one time John Kerry didn’t have his man-servant get his coffee for him..........
Got me confused. I looked up MAMIT and it came up with the name of a town and: MAMIT definition
Member, Associate of Meat Inspectors Trust
- See more at: http://www.allacronyms.com/MAMIT#sthash.jWFUjlhy.dpuf
That person didn’t feel safe but they were unarmed and they have a big mouth.
I still will not shop Starbucks since they refused to put the stores in the war zone because the were against the war. Refused to give them for the troops.
Her response included “I’m sorry.” This is an issue I’ve been working on myself. When somebody disagrees with or has some other issue with my political philosophy I tend to rebut with with, “Sorry but,” and then continue with what I was going to say. I’m trying to remember that I don’t have to apologize for my thoughts and actions if I’m correct in them, and she should not have said this either. Just a thought, not a condemnation.
A good response to the guy, “You say you don’t feel safe, yet you feel safe enough to confront me. I believe your actions speak louder than your words. You are lying, sir.”
Your nephew is wise. :-)
It's worth mentioning, however, that the man confronting you likely realized that an average Joe, plinking at targets at a "shooting range" in the middle of the day ..... didn't present much of a threat. He could accost you, bluff and bluster, to his heart's content. So long as he didn't present a physical threat you'd likely have enough common sense for everyone involved and he'd be perfectly safe.
Then, he could go along, feeling smug and superior, and maybe thump his chest a little bit for the girls ("You shoulda been there! Today I told off this redneck loser and he had a gun. Gave it to him, but good!!!!) at the local biker vegan, fair-priced, free-range coffeeshop and collective.
I'd wonder if he'd display bravado like that with a drug dealer sporting the same .38, in the hood, at 2am. Unlikely.
Liberals: the stupidest most intolerant d-bags on the planet. More gun control = less crime in their mind only, but in the real world, an armed force at the Navy yard travesty would have meant many less lives lost.
:: A man came up to me, pointed at my holstered sidearm, and asked rather indignantly, “What is that?” ::
As this was a citizen-to-citizen exchange, the correct response should have been:
“Move along, ya nosey-nellie. Nobody wants to respond to your emotionalism.”
Seriously, when you are within your rights, you need not explain yourself.
Dude, where can I get the ^coffee & guns” mug?
No, probably not. The perp didn't start shooting until he was inside an access restricted facility. It doesn't mean that there wouldn't have been people who were armed, but most workplaces don't allow firearms inside the facility anyway.
It’s customary when you first use an unfamiliar acronym to expand it, with the acronym in parens.
WTF does ‘MAMIT’ mean?
A quiet, one-on-one discussion consisting of: “Do you believe it is wise to publicly harrass someone with a handgun while, you-yourself, are not similarly armed? Overall, if the conversation escalated in emotion, I know what I would do...do you?”
The masshole knew she wasn’t a danger to anyone or he never would have confronted her.
I have got to have that coffee cup! I checked all the links and no luck. Anyone know where this came from?
I have never seen the point of open carry in a society where doing so makes one stand out. I support it, but what’s the point? To stand out?
Here’s why. You mark yourself. If the bad guy is concealing, and determined to carry out his mission, you would be the first one taken care of, and before you knew what happened. Hardly a strategic advantage.
It’s not that common to see open carry in NH, but the people there generally have a live-and-let-live attitude. They are peace-loving—but not pushovers.
On the interwebz, it is called a “bouncy”.
Typical sheeple that believes cops magically obtain super human powers once they put on a badge to carry a gun but mere mortals with a gun are dangerous.
Clearly, option 2.
Remember, we’re talking Star-lotsa-bucks here, favorite hangout of the Birkenstock gang and other such pony-tailed Senior Citizens guys looking for a similarly unkempt “chick” in a hemp dress.
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