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Gun store posters take flak [Nashville, NC]
Rocky Mount [NC] Telegram ^ | October 21, 2009 | Geoffrey Cooper

Posted on 10/21/2009 10:16:44 AM PDT by Constitution Day

Gun store posters take flak

By Geoffrey Cooper - Rocky Mount Telegram

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

NASHVILLE — For more than a week, a local gun shop owner has been under scrutiny regarding certain advertisements outside his front door.

Nashville Guns owner Dennis Nielsen has been met with the watchful eyes of a few county officials and town residents for the storefront posters of women holding guns. Facing two documented complaints, Nielsen maintains that he has done nothing wrong and runs a clean business.

Facing the Washington Street sidewalks are two posters inside of Nielsen’s gun shop windows. The first poster shows a model with blond-streaked hair in a black dress holding an AR-15 rifle, with the second picture of the same model holding a .357 magnum pistol. Inside his shop, similar posters are attached to the walls, showing the same model holding different weapons.

“It would be one thing if there were 100 resident complaints, but that isn’t the case,” Nielsen said. “But still, that’s enough for the county to have a gross overreaction. It’s uncalled for personally.”

This is not the first time Nielsen has disagreed with the county. He filed a lawsuit against the county in 2005 because copy costs the county was charging for public records did not comply with state law. The county settled the suit out of court.

Nielsen began a lease agreement with Nash County in August to rent the property until September 2010. He opened the gun shop on Washington Street in mid-September.

While the store features other male-oriented themes, Nielsen said the overall design concept, including the posters, was devised by his wife and two daughters. He said the posters were not meant to disrupt personal beliefs, but to attract customers.

“When you have to sell a Corvette, do you think they are going to use a 50-year-old guy?” Nielsen asked. “I want to be sure I’m not insensitive to family values, but I got a business to run. I’m open to criticism if residents have it.”

Since the complaints started, Nielsen said he has sought opinions from other merchants. When asked about the tastefulness of Nielsen’s posters, many downtown merchants said either they were oblivious to them or did not have an opinion.

Nielsen said he began to hear the first batch of poster complaints on Oct. 9 from a Nashville resident, who first visited town officials to discuss the posters’ content. But town officials verified Nielsen was in compliance with all zoning and sign ordinance laws and requirements for Nashville.

Later that day, Nielsen said the resident contacted Nash County Manager Bob Murphy to express her discomfort with the advertisement. Within a few minutes of the complaint, Nielsen said Murphy and Assistant County Manager Wayne Moore appeared at his shop, asking him to cooperate and remove the posters – but Nielson refused.

Murphy told Nielsen a resident was bothered by the idea of a woman brandishing a gun.

In a phone interview, Murphy said he reminded Nielsen during their conversation that he rents from the county and did not want his actions to become a nuisance to the public. He also said Nielsen’s decision will not affect his chances of a lease renewal.

Another Nashville resident said she feels Nielsen’s business does not belong downtown because it does not coincide with the town’s renovation efforts and would taint its overall image.

“I don’t believe it’s appropriate, and it’s not an image that downtown Nashville should be portraying,” said Dawn White, a Nashville resident.

In an Oct. 12 email sent to Commissioner Danny Tyson, White stated her main concern was that the gun store is located across from a domestic violence shelter. She further stated that “... the gun shop and the bar in the downtown area are black eyes for the quaintness of the downtown area,” and that it should not belong downtown, regardless if the posters are up or not.

“Sure, the right to bear arms is an individual choice,” White said. “But that’s not a choice I’m willing to agree with.”

Nash County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robbie Davis said he was contacted about the situation during the weekend of Murphy’s visit. Eventually, Davis said, no provisions could be found in Nielsen’s lease that could prevent him from placing that type of advertisement up – and that the county is dropping the matter altogether.

“It’s strictly a request, and that’s as far as we are going to take it,” Davis said.

After looking at the posters, Davis said he was not personally offended but could understand why some residents would be put off by it.

“Anytime (commissioners) get a complaint of any kind, we want to see if there is any truth to it,” Davis said. “But there’s nothing more we will do at this point in time.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: North Carolina
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Follow the link to the article. These posters are NOT explicit, and the women are fully clothed.

This is all the result of a small handful of busybody complainers, one of whom states:

"Sure, the right to bear arms is an individual choice, but that’s not a choice I’m willing to agree with.”

1 posted on 10/21/2009 10:16:44 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: MitchellC

NC ping, please?


2 posted on 10/21/2009 10:17:19 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
These posters are NOT explicit, and the women are fully clothed.

See there's the problem right there.

3 posted on 10/21/2009 10:18:29 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pnh102

LOL. I hear you, but this is a small town. I don’t see what the complainers are getting worked up over.


4 posted on 10/21/2009 10:19:43 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

i would LOVE to post some of the store posters that i see everyday walking through my neighborhood on the upper west side of manhattan. borders on porn.


5 posted on 10/21/2009 10:19:45 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: bang_list

Bang!


6 posted on 10/21/2009 10:19:49 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

Dawn White, probably a UNC commie.


7 posted on 10/21/2009 10:21:28 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: Constitution Day

=====LOL. I hear you, but this is a small town. I don’t see what the complainers are getting worked up over.=====

Probably another BUTT ugly liberal fascist that is complaining....


8 posted on 10/21/2009 10:22:47 AM PDT by mikelets456
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To: Constitution Day
“Sure, the right to bear arms is an individual choice,” White said. “But that’s not a choice I’m willing to agree with.”

Well, isn't that just too bad. Who cares if you disgree. Don't buy a gun then. Nobody is making you.

9 posted on 10/21/2009 10:23:35 AM PDT by pray4liberty
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To: Constitution Day

Yep... busybody betch


10 posted on 10/21/2009 10:24:00 AM PDT by musicbymuzak
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To: Constitution Day

“a resident was bothered by the idea of a woman brandishing a gun”

That resident better get used to women brandishing guns...


11 posted on 10/21/2009 10:24:39 AM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: Constitution Day
In a phone interview, Murphy said he reminded Nielsen during their conversation that he rents from the county and did not want his actions to become a nuisance to the public.

Open threat, despite what the lousy bureaucrat says.

12 posted on 10/21/2009 10:25:17 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Constitution Day
These posters are NOT explicit, and the women are fully clothed.

But do they have all their teeth?

13 posted on 10/21/2009 10:26:43 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Constitution Day

I’ll bet the Swedish Bikini team would cause a massive heart attack.


14 posted on 10/21/2009 10:27:46 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (You get the award for *bringing everything including the kitchen sink* ; ~ Mylife)
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To: boomop1; mikelets456

I did some Googling and found that there is a Nash-Rocky Mount Schools social worker by the same name. Wonder if this is her? (third from left at the link below)

It figures that a social worker would be a screaming liberal...

http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/archive/2009Q1/mar_2_social_worker_week.asp


15 posted on 10/21/2009 10:28:12 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
When you know you are over the target when you start taking flak.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

16 posted on 10/21/2009 10:28:34 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Constitution Day

This is offensive to liberals, but the rape of little girls isn’t. They want Roman Polanski to be free to rape little girls without fear of some “overprotective” Mommy with a gun. They want a graphic depiction, by Maya Angelou, of an eight year old girl being raped, to be offered up to children in our public libraries, but they don’t want Fox News to be allowed to report on the public actions of the president.

Liberalism is a mental disease.


17 posted on 10/21/2009 10:31:18 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Constitution Day

“Another Nashville resident said she “feels” Nielsen’s business does not belong downtown because it does not coincide with the town’s renovation efforts and would taint its overall image.”

It’s all about the feeeeeelllings.

To people like that, there would be NO acceptable place for a gun shop.

too bad. so sad.


18 posted on 10/21/2009 10:33:18 AM PDT by o_zarkman44 (Obama is the ultimate LIE!)
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To: Constitution Day
Looks suspicious.
19 posted on 10/21/2009 10:35:15 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: pray4liberty

“Sure, the right to bear arms is an individual choice,” White said. “But that’s not a choice I’m willing to agree with.”

If you put it to her in terms slightly different she’d call
you a fanatic.

“Sure, the decision for abortion is an individual choice,” White said. “But that’s not a choice I’m willing to agree with.”


20 posted on 10/21/2009 10:36:43 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: BykrBayb
Quite right! Check out this quote from one of the TWO complainants. The emphasis at the end is mine. Apparently she is unaware that the Second Amendment is RIGHT, not a choice. Whether or not she chooses to exercise it is her own problem.

“I don’t believe it’s appropriate, and it’s not an image that downtown Nashville should be portraying,” said Dawn White, a Nashville resident.

In an Oct. 12 email sent to Commissioner Danny Tyson, White stated her main concern was that the gun store is located across from a domestic violence shelter. She further stated that “... the gun shop and the bar in the downtown area are black eyes for the quaintness of the downtown area,” and that it should not belong downtown, regardless if the posters are up or not.

“Sure, the right to bear arms is an individual choice,” White said. “But that’s not a choice I’m willing to agree with.”


21 posted on 10/21/2009 10:40:18 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: tet68

Spot on!


22 posted on 10/21/2009 10:40:42 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Tijeras_Slim

They’re real purty!


23 posted on 10/21/2009 10:40:56 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
In a phone interview, Murphy said he reminded Nielsen during their conversation that he rents from the county and did not want his actions to become a nuisance to the public. He also said Nielsen’s decision will not affect his chances of a lease renewal.

In other words, "Nice gun shop you have there... Wouldn't want to have any kind of unfortunate 'accident', would you?"

Apparently Nash County Manager Bob Murphy is just another government thug who is abusing the power of his office and violating the public's trust...

In an Oct. 12 email sent to Commissioner Danny Tyson, White stated her main concern was that the gun store is located across from a domestic violence shelter. She further stated that “... the gun shop and the bar in the downtown area are black eyes for the quaintness of the downtown area,” and that it should not belong downtown, regardless if the posters are up or not.

The clueless Dawn White does not appear to recognize that women carrying guns for their own protection arguably would reduce the need for domestic violence shelters...

Perhaps someone should complain that locating a domestic violence shelter in the downtown area is a "black eye for the quaintness of the downtown area" and watch Dawn start sputtering...

24 posted on 10/21/2009 10:42:52 AM PDT by Zeppo (Save the cheerleader, save the world...)
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To: Constitution Day

LOL...just as I suspected...all F-Ugly!!! I swear that’s why they are angry liberal communists...someone pi$$ed them off at some point in their life. Usually it was the pretty blond conservative that got the attention...like those on FOX!


25 posted on 10/21/2009 10:44:10 AM PDT by mikelets456
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To: tet68
You read my mind, I was thinking the same exact thing. Except someone as stupid as Dawn White probably wouldn't get it.

To liberals, everyone else is an extremist, not them!

26 posted on 10/21/2009 10:44:49 AM PDT by pray4liberty (http://www.vacinfo.org)
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To: Constitution Day
FTA: Murphy told Nielsen a resident was bothered by the idea of a woman brandishing a gun.

People often flip out when they discover that there are women who refuse to be victims.

It's a shame.

But it's not a violation of the law or common decency. Leave the man and his posters alone. Shop there or don't.

Busybodies of all stripes should be scorned and shamed until they find less obtrusive hobbies.

27 posted on 10/21/2009 10:45:41 AM PDT by mountainbunny (Mitt Romney 2012: Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!)
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To: Constitution Day

Per the left: “You may only depict certain approved types of American citizens exercising their Constitutional rights. Depiction of non-authorized types is not to be condoned.”

Where may we obtain a list of said authorized types?


28 posted on 10/21/2009 10:47:09 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Nepolean fries the idea powder)
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To: Constitution Day
Tell me, would they have been offended by this poster of a woman with a gun?


29 posted on 10/21/2009 10:55:36 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: Zeppo

Very good post. You are quite right!


30 posted on 10/21/2009 10:57:37 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

31 posted on 10/21/2009 10:59:08 AM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: Constitution Day

“Sure, the right to bear arms is an individual choice, but that’s not a choice I’m willing to agree with.””

The age of the complainer isn’t noted here, but I would like her to visit the hospital and see/talk with the rape victims in that state sho did NOT have a gun.

She is living in a fantasy.

If she feels that strongly about a licensed merchant, who brings jobs and taxes to the city, she can rent her own building and state her views on her windows.

Until then, she can STFU, IMO.


32 posted on 10/21/2009 11:04:32 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Constitution Day

“Sure, the right to bear arms is an individual choice, but that’s not a choice I’m willing to agree with.”

LOL. I agree the right to free speech is an individual’s choice but in this case I disagree with this maroons right to say anything.


33 posted on 10/21/2009 11:06:49 AM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: saganite

HA!


34 posted on 10/21/2009 11:09:04 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: JillValentine
Facing the Washington Street sidewalks are two posters inside of Nielsen’s gun shop windows. The first poster shows a model with blond-streaked hair in a black dress holding an AR-15 rifle, with the second picture of the same model holding a .357 magnum pistol. Inside his shop, similar posters are attached to the walls, showing the same model holding different weapons.

Murphy told Nielsen a resident was bothered by the idea of a woman brandishing a gun.

Since you are brandishing an oh-so-SCARY gun on your profile page, I thought I might solicit your thoughts!

35 posted on 10/21/2009 11:10:42 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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“Sure, the right to bear arms is an individual choice,” Dawn White said. “But that’s not a choice I’m willing to agree with.”

Future victim alert!!!

36 posted on 10/21/2009 11:14:05 AM PDT by Pistolshot (Brevity: Saying a lot, while saying very little.)
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“Sure, the right to bear arms is an individual choice,” White said. “But that’s not a choice I’m willing to agree with.”

This guy is a commissioner?

Runners for political office desperately need a moron filter.

That sentence makes absolutely no sense; more like Obama psychobabble or, as many might remember, "Professor Corey..."

Just saying.

37 posted on 10/21/2009 11:30:10 AM PDT by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: Publius6961

No, this woman is one of two, count ‘em, TWO complainers.

I actually know the chairman of the Board of Commissioners. He is conservative and a good guy.


38 posted on 10/21/2009 11:31:39 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: basil

39 posted on 10/21/2009 11:35:46 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: tet68
“Sure, the decision for abortion is an individual choice,” White said. “But that’s not a choice I’m willing to agree with.”

Shaky example.

The right to bear arms is explicitly in the Constitution.
The "right" to abortion is not; it has been manufactured only in the last few years.

40 posted on 10/21/2009 11:36:08 AM PDT by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: Constitution Day
Sorry, that sentence was confusing if read too fast. I missed the identification.

How can we help this commissioner?

41 posted on 10/21/2009 11:40:59 AM PDT by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: Constitution Day
I just had a great idea

If someone could post images of the "offensive" posters here, this guy could get national exposure.

Sometimes that's a good thing.

42 posted on 10/21/2009 11:44:10 AM PDT by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: Publius6961

I don’t think Commissioner Davis is up for re-election this year. He is a Republican and a former chairman of the county GOP.

As to the photos, the ones on that site are too small to post here really:

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/multimedia/dynamic/00272/102109_GunShop1_272936e.jpg

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/multimedia/dynamic/00272/102109_GunShop2_272939e.jpg


43 posted on 10/21/2009 11:51:29 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Some possibly better posters from A Human Right

(More at the gallery )

44 posted on 10/21/2009 11:54:44 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: PapaBear3625

OUTSTANDING! I bet those would make that idiot’s head explode.


45 posted on 10/21/2009 12:00:45 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: PapaBear3625

Good pictures.


46 posted on 10/21/2009 12:12:05 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: AdamBomb

Dude. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.


48 posted on 10/21/2009 12:34:14 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: AdamBomb

I love 38s. Revolvers, too.


49 posted on 10/21/2009 12:36:26 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Professional Engineer

What would the opposite be to a massive heart attack???

Lets ask Mr. Owl...;-)


50 posted on 10/21/2009 1:22:59 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I've always been hated...)
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