Open-carry picnic set at St. Croix Co...

Open-carry picnic set at St. Croix County Fairgrounds

There are 149 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 13, 2009, titled Open-carry picnic set at St. Croix County Fairgrounds. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Glenwood City Police Chief Robert Darwin said he's not overly concerned about hundreds of people coming to the St.

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Flowerpot Gang

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Aug 13, 2009
(silly signs seldom stop senseless shootings)
Fed-up

United States

#2 Aug 13, 2009
This is great! I love it, real Americans that understand their Rights as provided by our Bill of Rights. I am so glad I saw this. I am going to be there, Springfield at my side.

God Bless the USA!

The Law Abiding citizens of this country should have the Right to Bear Arms.
BrewDude

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Aug 13, 2009
Should be the rootin-tootenist-shootinist County Fair this side of Texas. Yee-Haw!
Conservative observations

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Aug 13, 2009
Ah yes, it is important to be able to carry weapons int eh open if for no other reason to ward off those doggone Norwegians and or Methodists or both. You just never can be too careful, you know! I am both and I know how difficult we can be at times when we try to thrust our ethnicity and faith on others. It is just not a pretty sight!
Jessica

Santa Clara, CA

#5 Aug 13, 2009
I have no problem with this. If they are, as stated by the sheriff, abiding by the laws - I have no quarrel with anyone. I only hope that in addition to talking about the right to bear arms, they also talk about the responsibilities that go with it and using common sense. As reported in the article, there are some restrictions to the carry law - which I hope they also make sure people understand. I hope it is an educational and respectful event for all.
Concerned

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Aug 13, 2009
Who in their right mind would want to attend a county fair where people are allowed to bring guns? No wonder there are so many deaths and injuries from guns. Let the law enforcement people have the guns.

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Bootsontheroad

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Aug 13, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Who in their right mind would want to attend a county fair where people are allowed to bring guns? No wonder there are so many deaths and injuries from guns. Let the law enforcement people have the guns.
You just hate it when people exercise the rights that you are trying to take away.
predictable

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Aug 13, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Who in their right mind would want to attend a county fair where people are allowed to bring guns? No wonder there are so many deaths and injuries from guns. Let the law enforcement people have the guns.
In general, it's not the law-abiding gun owners you need to worry about - it's the non-law-abiding, illegal-weapon-owning crowd that causes most of the trouble. And they're already packing heat.
Enough already

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Aug 13, 2009
Dear Concerned: This would be one of the SAFEST picnics you could ever attend. It's the gang bangers and wackos who don't go through the training and licensing process for conceal/open carry you have to worry about. Remember, little miss concerned, those who wish to break the law don't typically go through the process of attending classes and training to carry a weapon for PROTECTION and pay for it (about $150). As a general rule, conceal/open carry permit holders are more law-biding than your average citizen. For all the crying and wimpering about turning the streets of Minnesota into the wild west, there hasn't been one permit holder charged with a crime for brandishing a weapon without cause (I say "cause" because of the wacko, road-rage cop who got shot in the leg by the citizen defending his family -- that was cause, but the citizen was charged anyway -- should have aimed higher, but that's another discussion).
Get a life

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Aug 13, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Who in their right mind would want to attend a county fair where people are allowed to bring guns? No wonder there are so many deaths and injuries from guns. Let the law enforcement people have the guns.
I honestly can't believe some people think this way. If you go through the trouble to take the class and apply through your county for your permit, you're not the one to worry about. It's the ones that have guns illegally and/or carry them illegally that you should be concerned with. As far as your question goes, I'd think everyone would feel much safer there. One of the biggest problems with todays society is the buisnesses that put up the signs saying no guns allowed on premesis. That's an invitation for the ones illegally carrying! They know no law abiding gun owner will have a gun there so it's free reign with to do whatever they want! I knew there was a reason I hated liberals!
billj

Litchfield, MN

#11 Aug 13, 2009
An armed society is a polite society. The bad guys don't go where the odds are even.
Jim Dandy

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Aug 13, 2009
hey you got potatoe salad on my side arm,and dumped your beans in my holster
Red Ryder

Monroe, LA

#13 Aug 13, 2009
6 Wounded in Funeral Shooting on West Side (Chicago continues deadly pace)


http://cbs2chicago.com/local/west.side.shooti...

Gunman Still on the Loose; 5 Remain in Good Condition, 1 in Serious Reporting Suzanne Le Mignot CHICAGO (CBS) ―
Six people were shot August 1 during a funeral service outside a West Side church. Police say the incident is gang-related.
Gunfire erupts outside a funeral, police think they might know why.
The service was just starting at a West Side church, when someone opened fire outside – shooting six people.
The reverend was shocked to see his service interrupted by that kind of violence.

More Than 200 Shot In Chicago In July -At Least 42 Killed And 183 Wounded In Spree Of Violence

http://wcbstv.com/national/chicago.shootings....

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Hope and Change is alive and well in Chicago They really need someone to organize their community.
They should outlaw guns in Chicago, that would stop all this violence (sarcasm)

It’s safer in Afghanistan.
Red Ryder

Monroe, LA

#16 Aug 13, 2009
More Than 200 Shot In Chicago In July -At Least 42 Killed And 183 Wounded In Spree Of Violence

http://wcbstv.com/national/chicago.shootings....

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Hope and Change is alive and well in Chicago They really need someone to organize their community. They should outlaw guns in Chicago, that would stop all this violence (sarcasm)
It’s safer in Afghanistan.

“Charity is a Personal Choice”

Since: Mar 08

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Aug 13, 2009
Actually, I believe the point of the picnic and the gatherings mentioned in the article is to illustrate that law abiding citizens should be able to arm themselves.

Wisconson does not have a concealed carry law. They are an open carry state. If you do carry in the open you WILL be scrutinized by the law. There is a ground swell of support for a conceal carry law similar to that in Minnesota.

These citizens are voicing their opinion and exercising their rights. Bravo and Go PACK!!!
Sigh

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Aug 13, 2009
Here we go again....

“Charity is a Personal Choice”

Since: Mar 08

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Aug 13, 2009
Concerned wrote:
Who in their right mind would want to attend a county fair where people are allowed to bring guns? No wonder there are so many deaths and injuries from guns. Let the law enforcement people have the guns.
Concerned: What are you concerned about? I am a MN Conceal/Carry permit holder. I also hold a Utah carry permit that allows me to carry 32 states. I had to go through extensive state and federal background check. I have followed all of the mandates set forth by state and federal law. I've taken classes and qualified on a live firing range. I hit what I aim at. My carry permit status is associated with my Drivers license. I own many weapons that I may or may not be carrying at any time.

You will find that most police have no issue with the current carry permit holders because of the extensive background checks.

This is my right as spelled out in the Constitution of the USA. Not to be confused with the right to healthcare which can NOT be found ANYWHERE in the Constitution of the USA.
Lincoln

Boyceville, WI

#20 Aug 13, 2009
Just an FYI..this is not a county fair. This is being held at the county fairgrounds. There is nothing going on there anyways. This is in reference to Concerned from MPLS?

“Charity is a Personal Choice”

Since: Mar 08

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Aug 13, 2009
Red Ryder wrote:
6 Wounded in Funeral Shooting on West Side (Chicago continues deadly pace)
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/west.side.shooti...
Gunman Still on the Loose; 5 Remain in Good Condition, 1 in Serious Reporting Suzanne Le Mignot CHICAGO (CBS) ―
Six people were shot August 1 during a funeral service outside a West Side church. Police say the incident is gang-related.
Gunfire erupts outside a funeral, police think they might know why.
The service was just starting at a West Side church, when someone opened fire outside – shooting six people.
The reverend was shocked to see his service interrupted by that kind of violence.
More Than 200 Shot In Chicago In July -At Least 42 Killed And 183 Wounded In Spree Of Violence
http://wcbstv.com/national/chicago.shootings....
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Hope and Change is alive and well in Chicago They really need someone to organize their community.
They should outlaw guns in Chicago, that would stop all this violence (sarcasm)
It’s safer in Afghanistan.
Interesting that you point out Chicago. While taking my classes, I was warned by my instructor NOT to carry on my person or my vehicle while in the Chicagoland area. It will get you one year in prison.

Taking away a constitutional right from its law abiding citizens has turned the clock back to the 1920's and 30's. Except now they tend to shoot evryone , not just their enemies.

Since: Jun 08

Apple Valley, MN

#22 Aug 13, 2009
GB Fan wrote:
Actually, I believe the point of the picnic and the gatherings mentioned in the article is to illustrate that law abiding citizens should be able to arm themselves.
Wisconson does not have a concealed carry law. They are an open carry state. If you do carry in the open you WILL be scrutinized by the law. There is a ground swell of support for a conceal carry law similar to that in Minnesota.
These citizens are voicing their opinion and exercising their rights. Bravo and Go PACK!!!
Actually Minnesota does not a conceal carry law. We have the Personal Protection Act which allows us to carry. There is no specification that it has to be concealed.

Whether a permit holder carries concealed or not is fully up to the discretion of the person carrying. And there are 64,395 permit holder in the state of Minnesota. So chances are you good you're encountering at least one of them through your day.

Yet it's not turned into the Wild Wild West with blood running in the streets like the anti-gun groups like Minnesotans for a Safer Minnesota predicted it would.

In fact the only places with mass shootings and blood running in the streets are places were firearms are banned....like Chicago.

On August 23rd the St. Croix Fairgrounds will be the safest place in Minnesota by far.

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