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WI:Memorial Day Open Carry at McDonalds
Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten

Posted on 05/28/2014 3:31:09 PM PDT by marktwain

Much of Memorial day weekend was spent in cleaning up my parents estate, now owned by my brother.   After hauling three pickup loads of priceless antiques, or barely valuable used property, depending on your viewpoint, to the Salvation Army; my able partner, driver, and recently married nephew deserved a break.

We stopped by Micky D's for some needed refreshment.  As befits a Retired Uncle, I paid.   He is at least a fourth generation member of the American gun culture.    We know one greatgrandfather was in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, or War Between the States, whichever you prefer. 

The Glock was openly carried in a retention holster, in a full Memorial day crowd in McDonalds.    It was Hayward, Wisconsin with the population swelled to three times that of permanent residents.   No one said anything.  No one looked cross eyed that I could tell.  To show the normalization that has occurred, I did not think anything of it until we had finished eating and were on the way out.  That is when the camera came out.

A few years ago police checked me out while I open carried in the town, but as I was pacing back and forth in front of a retail establishment, talking to no one visible, on a bluetooth earpiece, it was quite understandable.   They did their job and determined that I was not a threat, and left.  It did not hurt that if we looked past three degrees of separation, we were probably related in some way or another. 

This Memorial day, nothing.

As it should be.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; opencarry; wi
Open carry is becoming normalized. There is hardly any argument about the open carry of holstered pistols anymore. The open carry of rifles is now the vanguard; it has made the open carry of holstered pistols unremarkable.
1 posted on 05/28/2014 3:31:09 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Here in the “Wild West” when everyone carried there was much less violence. Colt in fact “Made every man equal”.

2 posted on 05/28/2014 4:15:20 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

Yup, the “Wild West” was much less violent than the ghetto is today, or any big city

3 posted on 05/28/2014 4:20:01 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: marktwain

this is up north in wi. wouldn’t turn out thesamein west allis or madistan. glad to see it happening in saner parts of the state.

4 posted on 05/28/2014 6:03:37 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Here it was at a “buy back” in Milwaukee:

5 posted on 05/28/2014 6:22:33 PM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

that’s b/c there was a lawful group and media around. a solo open carry guy in downtown milwaukee wold not get the same treatment. he’d be taken down and cuffed. and flynn’s said so.

i live here, i know what’s what.

6 posted on 05/28/2014 6:38:45 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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