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Man Walks into Hydraulic Road Kroger with Loaded Rifle

There are 547 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jan 24, 2013, titled Man Walks into Hydraulic Road Kroger with Loaded Rifle. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Police responded to the call at the Kroger store on Emmet Street and Hydraulic Road shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Fox

Charlottesville, VA

#471 Feb 1, 2013
Lawrence wrote:
I did all the research required legally BUT I cannot control peoples reactions and I did not want to be misunderstood about my intentions.
In this case legal and stupid are synonmous. A gun is not a toy but that's exactly what you were making it little boy. Lucky for you you're still here to offer your own dumba/s explanation. I don't think you have the intelligence or maturity to own even a bb gun. Obviously, background checks are totally useless. Was that your intent, to show that someone who uses less than 1/2 his brain could legally buy a gun.
Jeff

Charlottesville, VA

#472 Feb 1, 2013
Lawrence wrote:
I did all the research required legally BUT I cannot control peoples reactions and I did not want to be misunderstood about my intentions.
All you proved is you're smart enough to read but you certainly didn't prove you have any common sense.
Mom

Charlottesville, VA

#473 Feb 1, 2013
My kids are 4 & 3. From the time they've been older enough to understand, I've tried to teach them you don't do something just because you can. If the poster calling himself Lawrence is the Kroger guy, that's what I'm getting from him. He took the gun into Krogers just because he could. No reason to do it, but he could so why not do it? He wasn't afraid some crazed chicken was going to jump up out of the meat counter and attack him. He wasn't afraid there would be a robber in the store and he would have to defend himself. He could do it, so why not do it. If he had the right, why not exercise it. Poor excuse to me. The poster wrote he couldn't control people's reactions. He couldn't control it, but that was only what he wanted, to get a reaction. The note in his pocket proved this was only a stunt as NBC29 called it. Planned and calculated and to heck with others who would't understand he wasn't there to shoot them. If he has a Mom, hopefully he scared her too, thinking her son could have become a gun statistic. If anyone feels the NEED to carry a gun, that's your right, but don't do it just because you can. Don't do it to get a reaction. Do it because it's what you think you need to do. Gun ownership is our right, but with rights comes a certain amount of responsibility to not use that gun just to just show off.
Lawrence

Lexington, VA

#474 Feb 1, 2013
The reason I carry is to protect myself and others. I've never had to use my firearm, but if that day comes I would rather have it than not. A gun locked in a safe with ammmo above the closet doesn't do any good. I assure you it wasn't to show off, I didnt expect this to be so publicised because I dont think its that big of a deal. Everyone is overreacting to a situation which caused no harm. If you 'think what I did was scary you should open your eyes to the reality that guns are everywhere, and responsible gun owners/law abiding citizens will help you in a time of need. I would.
Dude

Winchester, VA

#475 Feb 1, 2013
Lawrence wrote:
The reason I carry is to protect myself and others. I've never had to use my firearm, but if that day comes I would rather have it than not. A gun locked in a safe with ammmo above the closet doesn't do any good. I assure you it wasn't to show off, I didnt expect this to be so publicised because I dont think its that big of a deal. Everyone is overreacting to a situation which caused no harm. If you 'think what I did was scary you should open your eyes to the reality that guns are everywhere, and responsible gun owners/law abiding citizens will help you in a time of need. I would.
you're full of it, you did it to make a statement, you're an attention wh..e. what's wrong with a sidearm? This was a Kroger in the middle of Charlottesville. You make responsible gun owners look like morons, idiot. The second amendment, and the spirit of it, was to protect us from tyranny, not common criminals, and it's already been mentioned by the USSC. There are not APCs on 29 nor Blackhawks at CHO. Even the NRA thinks you're a moron. I had more common sense at 14 than you will ever have. As Forrest Gump says, "stupid is as stupid does." What you did wasn't scary, it was stupid and inappropriate. Your old man and mother should be ashamed to have raised such a moron.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#476 Feb 1, 2013
Lawrence wrote:
The reason I carry is to protect myself and others. I've never had to use my firearm, but if that day comes I would rather have it than not. A gun locked in a safe with ammmo above the closet doesn't do any good. I assure you it wasn't to show off, I didnt expect this to be so publicised because I dont think its that big of a deal. Everyone is overreacting to a situation which caused no harm. If you 'think what I did was scary you should open your eyes to the reality that guns are everywhere, and responsible gun owners/law abiding citizens will help you in a time of need. I would.
The reason you carry is a need to display your male ego, substituting a gun for a total lack in judgement and common sense. Truth be told youd wet your pants should something bad happen. But again I doubt "Lawrence" is the guy, the real guy is playing on his XBox, playing shootem up bang bang.
AHoot

Charlottesville, VA

#477 Feb 1, 2013
Lawrence wrote:
The reason I carry is to protect myself and others. I've never had to use my firearm, but if that day comes I would rather have it than not. A gun locked in a safe with ammmo above the closet doesn't do any good. I assure you it wasn't to show off, I didnt expect this to be so publicised because I dont think its that big of a deal. Everyone is overreacting to a situation which caused no harm. If you 'think what I did was scary you should open your eyes to the reality that guns are everywhere, and responsible gun owners/law abiding citizens will help you in a time of need. I would.
Full of BS. Whether the guy was you or not, publicity was the whole reason. If it wasn't that big of a deal, why the note? Calculated decision, calculated location, calculated shock value. I'm a gun owner, but think this guy made a boneheaded decision just to show off.
CvilleMechEngr

Charlottesville, VA

#478 Feb 1, 2013
Man walks into Kroger with loaded rifle. Says to the clerk, "I'm here to express my 2nd Amendment rights." Clerk says to the man, "sorry, sir, the express line is over there."
Dude

Winchester, VA

#479 Feb 1, 2013
CvilleMechEngr wrote:
Man walks into Kroger with loaded rifle. Says to the clerk, "I'm here to express my 2nd Amendment rights." Clerk says to the man, "sorry, sir, the express line is over there."
you're on fire...lol
CvilleMechEngr

Charlottesville, VA

#480 Feb 1, 2013
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>you're on fire...lol
I thought that folks were going to start shooting each other right here on the opinion forum. I don't have a gun, so I made up a joke.
Boodreau

Saraland, AL

#481 Feb 1, 2013
Letsroll wrote:
<quoted text>
If the 'closet' is where the nut jobs aren't, then that's where I'll stay. I don't need a machine gun to feel safe thank you.
It is not a machine gun. What part of this do you not understand. It is a semi-automatic rifle that CAN be used for hunting. SMH
CvilleMechEngr

Charlottesville, VA

#482 Feb 1, 2013
Man walks into Kroger with loaded rifle. Says to the clerk, "I'm here to express my 2nd Amendment rights." Clerk says to the man, "sorry, sir, can't help you with that, but you can exercise your 21st Amendent rights on Aisle 12."
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#483 Feb 1, 2013
Boodreau wrote:
<quoted text>It is not a machine gun. What part of this do you not understand. It is a semi-automatic rifle that CAN be used for hunting. SMH
Hunting what? other red necks?
Saywhatnow

Charlottesville, VA

#484 Feb 1, 2013
Mrs Patterson wrote:
Until earlier tonight I thought of this as just another stupid stunt by a clueless young man. Not anymore. When I was leaving to go shopping (Kroger at Rio Hill) I told my daughter where I was going and told her to get ready. She was terrified to go. She begged me not to make her. I told her the guy with the gun wouldn't be there and she said "How do you know? They let him go and said he didn't do anything wrong.". I tried some of the arguments several of you had here about the gun being in a sling across his back, she said he could easily put it in his hands and it was already loaded. I told her his note said he was just exercising his right to carry it and she said why should we trust someone who didn't care if people knew that or not and it could have caused serious injury or death to others if it hadn't gone as planned. So now I care a whole lot more. Because she's right This was just thoughtless and cruel and it should have consequences to deter others from repeating this stunt.
Really good post! But think of it this way, it could happen any place--Kroger, Walmart, the doctors office, the mall, the gas station. What ya gonna do? Lock you and your family in your home with no food, no school, no work? Don't let this guy win! That's what terrorism is all about. Getting us to be afraid to do certain things. Not calling this guy a terrorist but...let's face it--beyond the law, he created fear in the public.
Letsroll

Washington, DC

#485 Feb 1, 2013
Boodreau wrote:
<quoted text>It is not a machine gun. What part of this do you not understand. It is a semi-automatic rifle that CAN be used for hunting. SMH
Hunt what? A whole herd of deer? Auto, semi...who cares? It's not a weapon that belongs in the civilian population. Still a machine gun...get over it.
Guardian

Palmyra, VA

#486 Feb 1, 2013
Letsroll wrote:
<quoted text>
You're missing the point here. In the heat of a gun battle there are far more misses than there are hits. Even military personnel will tell you that. My point was: the 2 NYC cops were trained professionals. It's what they do. They have classes, and training on how to react to situations like this. The average hero wannabe does not have access to such. And even with all of the cops training look what happened? To think that some self proclaimed "deputy" would do better is mind numbing.
I'm willing to wager that those 2 cops hadn't been to a range more than once a year to qualify. Trained professionals are those that have shot 1000s of rounds a year. There are people you pass on the street every day carrying concealed that have made extremely accurate life and death decisions involving weapons and they have never been cops, but got their training, and real life experience in the Armed Forces. The world you live in, is a fantasy where the cops are here for your security, and protection, well they are not. It is your responsibility, period.
Letsroll

Washington, DC

#487 Feb 1, 2013
Guardian wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm willing to wager that those 2 cops hadn't been to a range more than once a year to qualify. Trained professionals are those that have shot 1000s of rounds a year. There are people you pass on the street every day carrying concealed that have made extremely accurate life and death decisions involving weapons and they have never been cops, but got their training, and real life experience in the Armed Forces. The world you live in, is a fantasy where the cops are here for your security, and protection, well they are not. It is your responsibility, period.
Please do everyone a favor and research this story. The 2 officers involved WERE highly trained. They were assigned to the Empire State Building as part of an anti-terrorism unit. I seriously doubt, as you suggest, that they were as untrained as you so claim. While it is true that there are quite a few of you gun nut jobs out there that live your lives in fear and delusion, and choose to arm yourselves to the teeth for the impending armageddon, I'd rather take my chances with PROPERLY trained police officers, than with Budweiser Billy Bob and his machine gun.
I've seen your posts on here before, and it seems you have a propensity (look it up) for uneducated, immature, and antagonistic drivel. Maybe you should unplug the Xbox for a while, and not only get a life, but perhaps try to enjoy it without the crutch of your killing machines.
Guardian

Palmyra, VA

#488 Feb 2, 2013
Letsroll wrote:
<quoted text>
Please do everyone a favor and research this story. The 2 officers involved WERE highly trained. They were assigned to the Empire State Building as part of an anti-terrorism unit. I seriously doubt, as you suggest, that they were as untrained as you so claim. While it is true that there are quite a few of you gun nut jobs out there that live your lives in fear and delusion, and choose to arm yourselves to the teeth for the impending armageddon, I'd rather take my chances with PROPERLY trained police officers, than with Budweiser Billy Bob and his machine gun.
I've seen your posts on here before, and it seems you have a propensity (look it up) for uneducated, immature, and antagonistic drivel. Maybe you should unplug the Xbox for a while, and not only get a life, but perhaps try to enjoy it without the crutch of your killing machines.
The only place you are going to roll is back under your porch, you weak little liberal. Highly trained, and hitting 9 bystanders, not likely. But then again I bet you think every liberal nutjob in politics is a professional, right? You are just another left wing loser crying out for help.
Guardian

Palmyra, VA

#489 Feb 2, 2013
Letsroll wrote:
<quoted text>
Hunt what? A whole herd of deer? Auto, semi...who cares? It's not a weapon that belongs in the civilian population. Still a machine gun...get over it.
AR-15'S ARE LEGAL TO HUNT PREDATORS, AND VERMIN WITH. LOOK IT UP, YOU HALF WITTED LIBERAL TWIT.
Letsroll

Washington, DC

#490 Feb 2, 2013
Guardian wrote:
<quoted text>
AR-15'S ARE LEGAL TO HUNT PREDATORS, AND VERMIN WITH. LOOK IT UP, YOU HALF WITTED LIBERAL TWIT.
Uh oh.....looks like somebody needs to hug his gun.

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