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This is How We Live Now

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Gulfport, Mississippi SWAT team and other officers recently surrounded a local Wal-Mart after receiving reports of two men who appeared to be preparing to open fire on customers.

While the men loaded and prepared a shotgun in the middle of the store, shoppers fled to a safe-room and dialed 9-11, but the two men apparently didn't commit any crimes under state law.

According to authorities, the two men walked into the Walmart on Highway 49 around 8 p.m. Witnesses said the man holding the shotgun was actively loading and racking the firearm. Walmart does not have a policy about guns inside its stores.

[Police Chief] Papania said his department's resources were stretched thin while officers and the SWAT team responded to this situation. [...] “Gun laws should be such that it provides us security. As we look at this fact pattern, do you feel safer?”

As the chief of police also pointed out, loading your shotgun in the middle of a public place could invite preemptive action by a so-called Good Guy With a Gun. The chief described this possible scenario as a violent "misunderstanding."

Why does the chief of police hate freedumb? It's a god-given right to make yourself a target and endanger the lives of those around you by loading up in the fucking checkout aisle.

The two men also visited a Winn Dixie and Krispy Kreme with their shotguns, but they still didn't break any laws because 'Merika.

  • ConnieStinson

    This is fucking bonkers.

  • sawadee2000

    Obviously these guys were lily white. If they had been black they would have been slaughtered on the spot without warning. Funny how the NRA NEVER speaks up for the “gun rights” of minorities.

  • muselet

    According to Papania, no one was threatened …

    Legally, perhaps. As a practical matter, though, I’m going to feel awfully threatened by a redneck loading and racking a shotgun, and I’m going to run away terribly fast rather than wait to see if that’s a good redneck with a shotgun or a bad redneck with a shotgun.

    And I’d never again shop at a store that allows some ruttin’ qing wa cao de liu mang to carry a shotgun through the doors.

    Sooner rather than later, one of these gun-humpers is going to get into a running gun battle with another gun-humper or three. Unfortunately, all the dead will almost certainly be innocent bystanders.

    But hey, “shall not be infringed,” right?

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      And I’d never again shop at a store that allows some ruttin’ qing wa cao de liu mang to carry a shotgun through the doors.

      That would be a given for me. I see someone carrying a gun in a store, I’d leave stopping only to tell the manager on the way out exactly why I feel coming to their store is a life-threatening act.

      And if they complain they can’t do anything about it, I’d tell them what an ignorant ass they are. As long as a restaurant can require its patrons to wear a shirt and shoes, Wal-Mart can refuse entry to anyone carrying a gun.

      • muselet

        The difference between me and you is that I wouldn’t even slow down until I had a hundred meters between the front door and my location. I’d go back the next day to explain, politely, my concerns to the store manager (who isn’t responsible for the policy—that comes from Corporate—and therefore whom I would manage not to shout at, even though I’d want to).

        –alopecia

        • Christopher Foxx

          Fair enough. I’m just unwilling to let ignorant asses go undeclared, I guess.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Sooner rather than later, one of these gun-humpers is going to get into a running gun battle with another gun-humper or three.

      Sooner or later? How about already happened?

      http://wonkette.com/553362/good-guy-with-gun-goes-to-jail-just-for-holding-other-good-guy-with-gun-at-gunpoint
      In a development that no one could have predicted, the first day of Georgia’s exciting new “Guns Everywhere” law was celebrated with an armed encounter between two open-carrying gentlemen in a convenience store.

      And:

  • Godammit I’m sick of this twisted, evil crap. Who wants to live like this? Oh, assholes with delusions of grandeur.

    And of course if two black guys did this, we’d be talking about another police shooting right now.

    • Christopher Foxx

      And of course if two black guys did this, we’d be talking about another police shooting right now.

      No question. We would be.

      While Republicans would be talking about how wrong it was for the dead black guys to make others feel uncomfortable.

      • aynwrong

        Megyn Kelly would inform us that “ya know, they were no saints either.”