Skip to comments.Gun Toting Santa Draws Fire
Posted on 12/10/2010 11:40:11 AM PST by nickcarraway
Some would say this is political correctness run amok
A painted plywood cut-out of Santa with a cowboy hat and a gun on his belt is causing quite a stir in the town of Turlock.
The Santa is one of many displays that line a Christmas tree lot. Workers said they have been using the same cowboy Santa display for 20 years and have never had a compliant until now.
A woman named Monica Sliva didn't like the idea of Santa packing heat so she asked them to take it down. I tried to get the image out of my head all day long and I could not, because Santa is made for love, bringing families together, not carrying weapons, Sliva told KCRA.
Sliva confronted the workers at the tree lot telling them it sends the wrong message to children.
It portrays to the kids that its OK for Santa to be carrying a gun and therefore its OK for them to be carrying a gun, Sliva said.
I think its pretty crazy, to tell you the truth, Bobby Vierra said. I mean, we're just trying to sell trees out here.
When commotion over the display caused traffic to back up, workers covered the gun on Santa's belt. The display was then temporarily taken down.
Vierra said he feels the attention is unfair. "It's just a Santa," he said. "You know, it's just a cowboy."
But just before closing time the display was put back up, his gun still covered. The owner said he has done nothing wrong, so Santa is back. --KCRA.com
Why doesn’t anyone ever tell people to piss off?
Its what I would do and have done before. Busybodies need to piss the F off.
Monica Silva needs to get herself a life.
What absolute nonsense.
A gunbelt on Santa is just wrong;goes against the public image of Santa of over a hundred years.
If your not being sarcastic, then piss off!!!
I think she needs to be handed a copy of the Butthurt Report.
Obviously she was traumatized by something she didn’t have to look at in the first place.
If she wants to make a scene then have the cops take her away and put her on a 5150 hold. Give her 72 hours to find a good shrink.
Just my opinion of course.
She can’t get the image out of her mind. So because she’s apparently obsessive/compulsive......
It IS okay for Santa to carry a gun. After all, how else is he supposed to fend off characters like Heat Miser, the Snow Miser, the ASbominable Snowman and the Winter Warlock?
If someone is going to be carrying around a lot of valuables late a night, they probably need a gun.
Like all aspects of liberalism,
they make normal people have to suffer because of their mental issues.
If it’s just a santa and not a cowboy like the guy said, why the cowboy hat and gun?
Alos, the bandanna around his neck.
Tell them to piss off!
Open carry invites criticism ,incites the fearful,and is an invitation to attack.The bad guys are likely to target you to take the weapon;and certainly you will be the first shot if the bad guys see you.
On the other hand,if you don't feel the need to show off,then your gun is there in the concealed holster when you need it to defend yourself or others,yet no one need be alarmed by your presence.
First got CCW permit in 1988.I do believe all have the right to carry but I am not yet willing to spend my time ,money, and freedom fighting the well-established laws by myself.
An obviously armed Santa is not something I ever saw in half a century of books,movies,TV,posters, or department stores.
Libs offended yet again....in other news, water is wet.
Sounds like Monica Silva is afraid of long, hard things.
What would Freud say?
"Vierra said he feels the attention is unfair. "It's just a Santa," he said. "You know, it's just a cowboy."
He didn't say it wasn't a cowboy.
Very traditional. If it was blaze orange, he’d look like a few guys in my hunt club.
Monica, your whiney, insignificant opinion has been noted. Now, either get a job or a hobby, so you have something productive to occupy your time, and let these people get on about their business. Geez.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Read it again, you’re right, my bad. I still think it’s stupid.
Thank-God the world doesn’t conform to your narrow minded vision.
I don’t get why there’s a problem with the FIQ (freeper in question)....
it’s a Santa dressed as a cowboy. No contradiction. A Santa that is embracing the norms of traditional American culture.
It used to be considered polite to carry openly,
and sinister and dastardly to carry concealed.
But that was before the time when the virtue of “self-reliance” was spat upon.
This is one jolly old elf who's goin' out the front door!
Read the reply a couple above your initial posting.
I see nothing wrong with a cowboy Santa!
Remember, he’s not real!
OOPs, don’t tell the kids.....BUT WE ARE TALKING SANTA!!!!!(Or at least a cardboard rendition)
RE: open carry, I agree I would never do that. Keep it concealed and dry, ready for use.....
Jesus holding shotgun over Santa:
His trees, land and santa.
I’d say that your opinion probably matters little except that he kept the gun covered in deference to the mush brain.
Well, it IS OK for them to be carrying a gun!
I tried to get the image out of my head all day long... Sliva told KCRA.”
Well, try harder wench.
I don’t get it either! May be a rigid view of tradition coupled with a warped sense of freedom.
Santa brought me many guns in my youth.
Have you SEEN some of these neighborhoods Santa is asked to go to these days? Sheesh! OF COURSE he’s packing!
Well, it IS OK for them to be carrying a gun!
HARUMPF HARUMPF HARUMPF
I tried to get the image out of my head all day long and I could not, because Santa is made for love, bringing families together, not carrying weapons, Sliva told KCRA”
So SHE was offended? The sight of a firearm won’t even keep a movie from getting a “G” rating.
I love the cowboy Santa. This woman needs to get the heck out of town. Turlock is a farming town. I wouldn’t have covered it. Free speech. When I was a kid, we all played with toy guns, and emulated our heroes Roy Rodgers, Hopalong Cassidy, and John Wayne. We were cowboys/cowgirls, soldiers, and police. There is a picture of me when I was about 5 or 6, dressed in my leather vest complete with sherrif’s star, wearing a six gun on both hips, while showing my Mickey Mouse hand puppet. This image would probably make her head explode.
In situations where I want to carry concealed, or in situations where concealed carry is required (such as inside the Virginia General Assembly Building), I carry concealed.
In situations where I want to carry openly, and I can do so legally, I open carry.
How I carry my self-defense weapons is none of YOUR business and you have NO business insinuating that I, or anyone else, are ‘show-offs’ simply because we choose to carry our weapons in a manner not personally approved by you.
RE: Open Carry:
1) I don't care about the criticism. A right which one is afraid to exercise due to a fear of criticism might as well not be a right at all.
2) I don't care about the reaction of the ‘fearful’. I am not a criminal, and by open-carrying I am not breaking any laws (at least not where I live).
3) It is a lot easier to quickly bring a weapon to bear when there is no shirt, jacket or pants in the way.
4) On hot days when I am wearing a t-shirt and shorts it is nearly impossible to carry concealed, and is MUCH more comfortable to simply wear a holster on my belt.
It has been my experience that most people do not even notice when I am open carrying — many even mistake the holster for a cell-phone holder.
Those are sheepherders not cowboys...
She needs a neighbor like me to tell her to get over it and there are things in life worth a concern and this ain’t one of them.....
That was thoughtful of him. You’re right of course, none of our opinions really matter. That’s the nice thing about these forums though, we get to get them out to a max number of people, whether they want to hear them or not!...and it usually gives us a wee bit of satisfaction.
I bet the woman in this story would be totally OK if that was the type of cowboy Santa represented, though.
LOL... Cowboys, not buttrangers!
Yeah, well, since we were on the topic of cowboy images that one cannot get out of one’s head....