Skip to comments.Tennessee gun in park incident reveals a scarier danger
Posted on 12/28/2009 3:51:18 AM PST by marktwain
The sight of a man openly carrying a firearm in a Nashville-area park has scared some people, resulting in a law enforcement response. From the Associated Press:
A man carrying an AK-47-style semiautomatic pistol was detained at Radnor Lake State Park on Sunday after startled hikers complained to park rangers.
Some would consider that a scary-looking gun. Some would consider coloring the muzzle tip orange so it looks like an Airsoft gun scary. And some would consider gun owner Leonard Embody's choice of apparel, "a camouflage jacket, military boots and a black skull cap" scary.
That's how hiker Ellen Thomas described her encounter with Embody. And even Minneapolis Gun Rights Examiner and Open Carry.org co-founder John Pierce, who is quoted in this story, concedes appearances can be problematic.
(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...
“AK-47-style semiautomatic pistol”
I want one.
“”a camouflage jacket, military boots and a black skull cap” “
Sounds like a cop.
“AK-47-style semiautomatic pistol.”
LOL I almost bought one of those for my kids.
Kinda torn on this. Why would you add a day glow orange tip to a real gun?
Standing up for your rights is one thing. Doing stuff like this is stupid.
They make AR-15 style pistols too.
There is a whole thread on this incident and this guy at Glocktalk.
Seems the guy in question likes to incite crap. Not one to try and open carry quietly, he tries to cause incidents, then go and troll forums stirring things up more.
The act of painting the tip orange to make it seem like an airsoft gun or toy shows another twist to things that is not cool either.
While there are enough incidents of cops overreaching concerning people carrying weapons legally, please don’t lend this clown any credibility-he is seeking more than a confrontation to prove his rights, like other carry advocates-he is seeking it to cause trouble.
My 2 cents.
The cop’s comment from the police forum is so indicative of many police attitudes; “sneeze and I’ll blow your s#$% away.” A policeman has no right to commit an assault with a deadly weapon any more than I do. These jack booted thugs are laid to rest for their unlawful acts.
Why would you want one of those? It would be very hard to hold on target or shoot accurately. Buy an MP5 if you want a short rifle. Buy a handgun if you want a handing.
This guy sounds like a loon.
“like other carry advocates-he is seeking it to cause trouble.”
Open carry advocates are not seeking to cause trouble.
This guy is a loon and harming the cause.
Yes he is.
I may have written that wrong and caused confusion-did not mean other carry advocates try to cause trouble.
I meant he was unlike them in that he incites confrontation just to cause trouble.
They put the orange tip on the gun so fools can know it is a toy. My friends dress up and play this all the time in the woods. People should mind their own business. He just walked passed these people.
I wouldn't want one of those. It is a way to get around the 16" minimum barrel length though.
“It is a way to get around the 16” minimum barrel length though.”
I guess, still looks stupid though. IMHO
“My friends dress up and play this all the time in the woods. People should mind their own business”
According to the accounts this was a real firearm to which he added the orange tip. A firearm is not a toy. Making a real firearm look like a toy is a stupid dangerous action that only a fool or a criminal would do. It gives ammunition to the anti-gunners who are seeking to take all guns.
This guy and anyone who does this deserves public condemnation.
If a person holding a weapon, (whether it has an orange tip on it or not) refuses commands, then deadly force would not only be permitted, but would be expected.