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Old April 15, 2009, 02:08 PM   #1
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Tea Party Events

Ok, so these tea party events are to express frustration with the current administration over a number of issues. With that in mind and the threat to take away the right to bear arms ... do you guys think it would be a good thing or a bad thing to Open Carry (if its legal) to one of these events. I am going to the one in Phoenix and I just wanted to throw this question out there.
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Old April 15, 2009, 02:31 PM   #2
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Old April 15, 2009, 02:34 PM   #3
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I wouldn't, but then again I don't think open carry is such a hot idea in the first place (it draws unneccesarry attention).
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Old April 15, 2009, 02:37 PM   #4
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Lots of the Paulian/Revolution folks open carry at their events. FreedomsPhoenix here in town has the "Breakfast Club" and has done it for ~20 years... I see quite a few open carry pistols for that breakfast meeting.

The Phoenix freedom movement is very pro-carry. I'd worry about carrying at the Capitol though... even on the grounds in front of it.

I'd say conceal, and look for signs prohibiting and act accordingly.
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Old April 15, 2009, 02:39 PM   #5
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It would be illegal in some places.

Carry, open or concealed, is sometimes prohibited at any large gathering of people.


Secondarily, the TEA parties have nothing to do with the current administration, particularly. They are a response to years of governmental fiscal irresponsibility, partially from the previous and current administrations, but not exclusively.
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Old April 15, 2009, 02:40 PM   #6
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I wouldn't, but then again I don't think open carry is such a hot idea in the first place (it draws unneccesarry attention).
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Old April 15, 2009, 03:11 PM   #7
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Tea Party

So who is going and who is sitting back in their chair and reading forums?
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Old April 15, 2009, 03:14 PM   #8
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Old April 15, 2009, 03:22 PM   #9
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We had a great turnout in Sioux Falls today. I was actually surprised at how early people began showing up. Very orderly and no "counter protesters" that I saw. The crowd had a mix of young and old, suits and jeans, lots of enthusiasm.
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Old April 15, 2009, 04:20 PM   #10
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Chair+forums for me. Well, forums in one window, at least. Not so much laziness, but more that I don't agree with much of the sentiment driving them and they smell vaguely of astroturf (at least the lead-up did).

At the same time, seems like most of them went well and I wholeheartedly support the idea of people showing up to make their concerns known. Too many people think that showing up to the ballot box once every two or four years is enough. It's good to see people dusting off one of the clauses of the first amendment that I don't think sees enough use. It's good to get out the signs and get your (peaceful) rabble on every now and then.

And yeah, a vast majority of what I've heard about the crowds has been positive. So good for y'all that showed up.
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Old April 15, 2009, 04:58 PM   #11
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I'd be there if I could, but I'm on mend from a nasty GI bug. Ick.

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Old April 15, 2009, 05:11 PM   #12
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Old April 15, 2009, 05:21 PM   #13
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Personally, I think it would be a very bad idea... For no other reason than the fact that some of these types of events tend to turn violent. Not to say that these will, but the possibility exists. I would tread carefully at any/all events like these, whether carrying or not, if I were to decide to go at all...
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Old April 15, 2009, 05:54 PM   #14
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Can't do it here, wouldn't if I could ...
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Old April 15, 2009, 06:11 PM   #15
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Don't do it. You never know how a demonstration will turn out, you don't want to be the guy with a gun.
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Old April 15, 2009, 06:38 PM   #16
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I wouldn't do it... and I don't suggest it to anyone.
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Old April 15, 2009, 06:54 PM   #17
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This cause has certainly spiderwebbed

it started out as a protest to bring attentino to the governments overspending... if you try to turn it into an open carry protest it's just going to distract from the real goal and might attract some unwanted attention.
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Old April 15, 2009, 07:38 PM   #18
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I watched them today and saw a guy with a 1911 open carried in an owb holster. I think it sends a message but maybe some unwanted attention also.
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Old April 15, 2009, 07:41 PM   #19
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yeah, what webley said.
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Old April 15, 2009, 08:31 PM   #20
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VERY bad idea.
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Old April 15, 2009, 08:54 PM   #21
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I went to mine and saw Glenn Becks on TV so I'm good to go.
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Old April 15, 2009, 09:58 PM   #22
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Well if we lived in a world where people were not so nuts about everything you could probably get away with it. However, in most cases it would just be looked at as you trying be radical so I would not advise it.
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Old April 15, 2009, 10:11 PM   #23
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This cause has certainly spiderwebbed

it started out as a protest to bring attentino to the governments overspending... if you try to turn it into an open carry protest it's just going to distract from the real goal and might attract some unwanted attention.
+1

Just like you wouldn't carry a "YA, AND WE'RE OVERTAXED TOO" sign at the open carry rally.
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Old April 15, 2009, 10:14 PM   #24
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I OCed for part of the Tea Party today and I saw two other elder gentleman OC as well.

Pretty good turn out for a crappy day!
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Old April 15, 2009, 10:20 PM   #25
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We had a Tea Party also from 5 to 8pm at the main courthouse here in West Palm Beach. Had about 2 to 3,000 people over the three hours. It was raining. Saw no guns, no trouble but people protested more than taxes. IMO I believe we are in for some violent protest starting this summer. People are very upset over the direction he is taking America. Most believe it is down the tubes.

I would not carry to any event of this type.
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