In other public relations success stories, this wise and socially astute fellow:
…decided that the way to put everybody’s mind at ease about gun ownership was to go shopping at JC Penney’s heavily armed. Smart. Cuz nobody would be petrified about some guy wandering around a store who might, for all they know, be planning to suddenly slaughter everyone in sight.
Oddly, this intelligent man’s behavior (which is Totally Legal and therefore the smartest possible thing he could have done) went unappreciated by fellow shoppers, as well as by the business whose sales he helped so very much by his soothing protective presence:
The Salt Lake City Tribune (link isn’t working, sorry) is reporting that a clerk refused him service and all nearby customers wanted to “get away” from him. Gee, can’t imagine why.
Gun Guy had been in the military, had a concealed-carry permit, and had checked with police dispatch prior to his little outing. They confirmed to him that he had the right to parade around with his oh-so-harmless portable arsenal, which he says he carries to protect his kids and everyone else from “criminals, cartels, drug lords” and other “evil men.”
The Thing that Used to Be Conservatism continues its triumphal public relations march to victory in winning the hearts and minds of an American people unworthy of its genius.
UPDATE: In further stupid news, some Virginia pol advocating gun control decided to scare the crap out of the school groups and visitors in the legislative chamber galleries by brandishing an AK-47. Smart.
Are there no grownups with elementary social skills in this argument?