Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Los Gatos residents protest sporting goods store
San Jose Mercury ^ | 12/23/2012

Posted on 12/23/2012 8:07:40 AM PST by artichokegrower

LOS GATOS -- Carrying signs demanding "No Guns in Los Gatos" and "Protect Our Children," about 30 people picketed a new Los Gatos sporting goods store that sells firearms Saturday, the day it was supposed to open.

Former Los Gatos Mayor Sandy Decker said it appeared that Templar Sports opened briefly, but then closed in the face of the protest. No one answered the phone at the new store on University Avenue, which also offers fishing equipment.

The protest took place eight days after the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children and seven adults died.

"The timing of it is so poor after Newtown," said Shannon Susick, a real estate appraiser who helped organize the protest. "Kids walk right by the store on their way to school. It's a safety concern."

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment
Los Gatos is a very wealthy small city in California. So why didn't the county sheriff step in to stop this shut down of a legal business? If it had been the local office of Planned Parenthood would this been allowed to occur?
1 posted on 12/23/2012 8:07:50 AM PST by artichokegrower
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

Shannon Susick is a blithering idiot.


2 posted on 12/23/2012 8:13:24 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 6, 2012.....A day that will live in infamy!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

Astroturfing. They are going to claim a grass roots effort to ban guns.


3 posted on 12/23/2012 8:15:16 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: redgolum

OMG!!!!!! Kids walk “right” past there. Heavens to murgatroid. What if they see a firearm through the window just resting on the shelf readying itself to go on a “spree” “spraying” bullets like a fire hose with “high-calibre” “cop killer” “armor piercing” ammo? Well, they’ll probably continue on to where they were going and play Call to Duty 3 or Halo or some other form of video entertainment where no guns are seen blowing limbs off the good and bad guys. Enjoy your first amendment rights. They may be next on the list. Cali-Mordor used to be a nice place. But that was a LONGGGGGGGG time ago and far far away.

Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.


4 posted on 12/23/2012 8:24:20 AM PST by rktman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: rktman

So I guess it’s alright for your child to walk by an Planned Parenthood clinic on the way to school but heaven forbid a sporting goods store.

11 states make it illegal to obstruct the entrance to a clinic: California, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington.
Six states prohibit making threats toward a clinic’s staff or patients: California, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin. Two states, Maine and Washington, also ban harassment by telephone.
Four states ban property damage to a clinic: California, Oregon, New York, and Washington.

Vallejo, California: fixed buffer zone which requires protesters to remain across the street from a clinic enacted in 1991. After the Supreme Court of California upheld the injunction, the case was taken to the federal Supreme Court in October 1994, but was remanded to the state court due to the recent Madsen v. Women’s Health Center decision. The California Supreme Court again upheld the buffer zone in July 1995. On March 17, 1997 the case reached the federal Supreme Court as Williams v. Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo, and Justices voted 6-3 to uphold the buffer zone


5 posted on 12/23/2012 8:34:10 AM PST by artichokegrower
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

These (professional) protestors are idiot sheeples!

I was stationed at Vandenberg back in the mid 70’s and am familiar with Los Gatos. It is a nice place and as others have mentioned, this was astroturfing.


6 posted on 12/23/2012 8:34:52 AM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rochester_veteran

I gotta ask - you were at Vandenberg - Lompoc, Santa Maria, even SLO or Santa Barbara I can understand, but Los Gatos. How did you get from Lompoc to Los Gatos?


7 posted on 12/23/2012 8:42:56 AM PST by fremont_steve
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower
Kids walk right by the store on their way to school. It's a safety concern."

That's the safest block they'll be walking.

8 posted on 12/23/2012 8:43:31 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

a blue town in a blue state run by lunatics, corrupt politicians and greedy special interests. what would one expect?


9 posted on 12/23/2012 8:43:39 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

“The timing of it is so poor after Newtown,” said Shannon Susick, a real estate appraiser who helped organize the protest.

Ok Shannon, please enlighten us when WOULD be a good time to open this store???? Yeah....uhhh...thought so.


10 posted on 12/23/2012 8:45:41 AM PST by hoosierboy (I am not a gun nut, I am a firearm enthusiast!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower
Without a parade/demonstration permit...

... this is USUALLY against the law...
Singling out a lawful business and therefore....

"interfering with commerce"

He has a good case...
"Debrief" the video coverage... take names..etc.

One letter to the sheriff inviting his upholding of the law...
If not..... sue them all.

11 posted on 12/23/2012 8:47:12 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

I was very disappointed to find them closed yesterday.


12 posted on 12/23/2012 8:48:44 AM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: july4thfreedomfoundation

I am not following this...

Is she saying that the guns would jump off of the store shelves by themselves and start gunning down every little kid that walked by that store?

It’s a wonder that modern life has not been ruled a danger to the children and we have been required to live like it was 1699 again.


13 posted on 12/23/2012 8:51:47 AM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower
Shannon Susick, a real estate appraiser who helped organize the protest. "Kids walk right by the store on their way to school. It's a safety concern."

It sure is! Those little children, walking by the store might be attacked by those guns, breaking out of their cabinets, running across the store lobby, then breaking out the store window to shoot the children!

It's amazing that I managed to survive high school, since we all know that guns kill school children, and I saw guns every day at school, twice two days a week. You see, I was on the school rifle team, so we did learn how to tame the guns, and safely interact with them.

But those days are long gone...

Mark

14 posted on 12/23/2012 8:56:05 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delta Dawn
Is she saying that the guns would jump off of the store shelves by themselves and start gunning down every little kid that walked by that store?

Essentially, yes.

15 posted on 12/23/2012 8:56:11 AM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Delta Dawn
Now just a few miles north of Los Gatos in San Francisco there are some very traumatic sights that young children have to observe on their way to school Photobucket
16 posted on 12/23/2012 9:00:47 AM PST by artichokegrower
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

If I were an aspiring criminal, Los Gatos would move to the top of places looking to be looted and pillaged, knowing that those sissies wouldn’t be armed, and have no means of defending themselves. Liberals like to paint bullseyes on peoples’ heads.


17 posted on 12/23/2012 9:09:19 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

I now feel fully informed!

Thanks...:)


18 posted on 12/23/2012 9:12:38 AM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

These morons are my neighbors.


19 posted on 12/23/2012 9:19:28 AM PST by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bgill

Yep, kids walk right by that store. It’s a safety concern?

I always would like to ask liberals follow up questions about inane statements such as that. How is it a safety concern if kids walk by a store which sells guns? Would love to know the liberal reasoning, but we never hear such follow up questions, do we? Instead, the media reports the inane statement, and we’re just supposed to lap it up as gospel, that somehow it’s unsafe for kids to walk by a store which sells guns.


20 posted on 12/23/2012 9:22:38 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: factoryrat
If I were an aspiring criminal, Los Gatos would move to the top of places looking to be looted and pillaged, knowing that those sissies wouldn’t be armed

Imagine their surprise upon entering my house uninvited.

21 posted on 12/23/2012 9:25:23 AM PST by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: skeeter

I went over there yesterday to buy a gun and show support for a legal business. Unfortunately they were closed.
These people were incredibly I’ll informed. I spoke to them long enough to determine that they were against any gun but couldn’t articulate a rational argument why.


22 posted on 12/23/2012 9:32:54 AM PST by chriscraft
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

The Commies are emboldened.


23 posted on 12/23/2012 9:46:35 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism." --Vladimir Lenin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

Man I have to get out of San Jose (near Los Gatos). My timeline is to be in Arizona or Nevada by January 15. Yes, Los Gatos is a wealthy community. If gangbangers from East San Jose or East Oakland were cruising around there, they would immediately be pulled over so these people have a false sense of security. There was a rare murder in Monte Sereno next door to Los Gatos. The multimillionaire owner was killed when four men invaded his gated home. I’m sure his widow wishes they would’ve owned a gun to give them a fighting chance.


24 posted on 12/23/2012 9:47:13 AM PST by Conservative Vet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Conservative Vet

I had an interesting exchange with one man (the only guy except for a teenager from Oakland) who said his kids were scared to walk by the store. I pulled him aside and told him as a Dad, you look like a victim out here with these protesters!
I asked him if he knew that hundreds of illegals are here every day doing our lawns, fixing our fences, etc.? I also asked if he thought maybe they cased a few houses while they were in town? He admitted that they probably did. I then asked if he and I lived side by side, what would happen if those guests decided to liberate our wide screen televisions one day? At my house they would be dead. At his house they would walk out with his television, his kids, or worse. What kind of Dad does that make him? I said that is what this is about! Man up!


25 posted on 12/23/2012 10:01:19 AM PST by chriscraft
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

makes ya wonder how the nekkid people of San Fran weather the cold and rain..
No? nyeeehhh ,, me neither. pour baby pour.. it is here.. and the fireplace is glowing ..


26 posted on 12/23/2012 10:04:37 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Dilbert San Diego
Would love to know the liberal reasoning,

There is no liberal reasoning, just manipulated emotions.
27 posted on 12/23/2012 10:14:17 AM PST by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: PeterPrinciple

Exactly! I enjoy using their emotional argument against them. Who will protect these protesters who by virtue of their own signs, admit that are willing victims?


28 posted on 12/23/2012 10:21:55 AM PST by chriscraft
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: skeeter

Or mine.


29 posted on 12/23/2012 10:47:37 AM PST by samadams2000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: rktman

Know it’s off topic, but your rant reminded me of my own silent rant I have when I’m in a state that when you buy any kind of liquor, you are not allowed to leave the store without it being in a bag, or even worse a 20 year old bag girl has to call the 21 year old bag boy to bag it, because it would be the end of the world if god forbid some child SAW a bottle of alcohol, or some under age kid touched glass which has C2H5OH on the other side of it.


30 posted on 12/23/2012 10:53:42 AM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: fremont_steve
I passed through the San Francisco area a few times. Caught a free concert in Golden Gate Park with the Dead and Jefferson Starship on one trip. We had a remote site on the coast near Palo Alto as well. I had a car, a 50 Pontiac Silver Streak and had a lot of fun cruising the California coast in it! Here's a photo of me and my Silver Streak, in Big Sur back in 1976:


31 posted on 12/24/2012 7:43:18 AM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: rochester_veteran

I guess that answers the question succinctly. You walked!

I’m a native Southern Californian. I went to school at Cal Poly and my first job was with Burroughs in Santa Barbara in 1979 so I learned about the central coast in detail by living there. One of my college buddies lived up in Lompoc and worked for Martin launching missiles. Visited him several times.

Relocated to the bay area myself in 1982 following the job market (plus the rest of my college buddies.) Lived in the area ever since, so Los Gatos is old hat for me. I was there the night of 89 Quake doing Ham radio related stuff. Got a quick tour of the town the next morning. The police Dept was declared un-inhabitable and they were operating out of their parking lot! The lot was surrounded by crime-scene tape. There were several fold-up tables and white-boards on the interior.. that was it!

Anyway - the reality now-a-days is that the entire bay area is SO liberal that this just doesn’t surprise me at all. But then - I live in Alameda county home of Pete Stark ;-)


32 posted on 12/24/2012 9:23:43 AM PST by fremont_steve
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: fremont_steve
I lived off base in Lompoc. Another guy in my unit and I shared an apartment. The Central Coast is a beautiful place! I'd like to go back with my wife and stay at the Jalama Beach RV grounds. It's right on the beach:


33 posted on 12/24/2012 10:14:52 AM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: artichokegrower

“So I guess it’s alright for your child to walk by an Planned Parenthood clinic on the way to school...”

They don’t have to worry about that, the School Nurse will drive them there when it’s time.


34 posted on 12/24/2012 10:22:46 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson