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Men armed with assault rifles walk through Portland to 'educate' public on gun rights

Two men seen walking down a Portland street armed with assault rifles told police they were exercising their Second Amendment rights and hoping to educate the public on gun rights.

Several calls were made to 911 on Wednesday afternoon, with alarmed residents reporting two men with guns strapped to their backs walking through the area of Southeast Seventh Avenue and Spokane Street in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood.

When police arrived on the scene, they found two 22-year-old men carrying rifles openly on their backs. The two were also holding valid concealed handgun licenses in Oregon, according to Fox affiliate KPTV.

The men reportedly told officers that they were seeking to educate onlookers about their Second Amendment rights.

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They are even right out threatening it! Anyone brave enough to stand up to this is truely a hero.

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These stunts are all about the image. I would prefer to see one guy with a weapon, and his wife and children, or mother and grandmother walking with him. Or let his wife carry it.

If it's all about men in groups having guns, the image is too much like the military or paramilitary image (think gangs).

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awesome idea!


"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

Great idea. Hopefully,

Great idea. Maybe the woman can carry it? Hopefully, people take action and do something like that.

Not in my State

I'm in NY and we can be in trouble for having too big a soda let alone too big a gun. You see how it starts.

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

An old banker looking guy in

An old banker looking guy in a nice suit would also break the stereotype...

A 70 Year Old Grandma

...with an AR in rifle rack on her wheelchair. Less intimidating.


Great ideas

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

I still don't like calling them assault rifles

I don't mind defensive weapons or defence rifles.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

they aren't "assault" anything...

until you actually "assault" something.. like an assault knife, or an assault hammer, axe, etc...

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.

And we're the ones generally getting assaulted

principle of non-aggression forbids we initiate violence. How about counter-assault rifles or "we just done got assaulted rifles"?

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

Ya, I am an older woman with chickens

and I have found that the only gun that works to get the coyotes who come to eat my chickens are so called "assault weapons". The thing about coyotes is that if you shoot and miss, you have successfully educated the coyote to be smarter next time. However, they won't get close enough to a human for my pistol or shot gun to get them, and they run like crazy when they see me. So, using a semi auto, one can get 3 or 4 shots off in the direction they are running, and be successful. In fact my son and I have only killed them with semi autos.

high caliber...

yep, i have chickens with coyotes around too. and nothing is going to defend you from a pack of wolves \ coyotes like a high caliber weapon. you are never going to defend your livestock with a .22 in the middle of the night. good luck. they will run into the brush, and your bullets will be ineffective.

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or just firearms. I make it a

or just firearms. I make it a point to say rifle or firearm.

Or how about just "bullet dispenser"

Sounds more common and above board than the catchy slang terms such as "gat."

Words really do matter.

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They know our government kills people in other countries for corporate interests, but then they trust they will not turn on us at home. DUH!

and i bet 90% of the 911 callers were women



I mean, women are almost always at a disadvantage: walking past a construction site, for example. We get used to being "outgunned" by big guys, guys in groups, etc. We learn to read body language to assess the threat.

This is why men often freak out to think that other men might be gay. Men aren't as used to having a possible threat who is big and strong. It's something that women dealt with when puberty hit and is second nature by the time they're adults. Gay men don't bother most women as a threat, and women might see a man with a gun as no bigger threat than without...

As rational or irrational as these responses may be, it does come down to what you're used to.

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This May Backfire

The open carry movement in California backfired. It resulted in legislation which banned the open carry of handguns. When people resorted to open carrying long guns instead, the legislature banned them as well. This could happen in Oregon as well.
It would have been better if these two individuals were also passing out educational fliers and literature to the locals to help allay their concerns.


If using that right just a few times leads to a law banning it, we only had those few incidents left to history anyway. Not much of anything left to preserve.

I do think more people need to open carry so people will get used to it and dang it, I'd like to just see it for the sake of the good guys letting the bad guys know the guns are there. In areas where people are already hysterical at the sight of good guy with a gun, they are a bit beyond educating, but there are other parts of the population who need to get more used to it.

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This is great!!!!

This is how you un-condition the public's brainwashed fear of guns!


Seriously, the public has been brainwashed to believe the mere sight of a gun is "bad" "evil" etc. This is the only way to counter that indoctrination!

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

If they were carrying assault

If they were carrying assault rifles they should be arrested. Assault is a crime, and if the purpose of thier rifles is to assault people, then they are criminals.

If they were just bearing arms however, they should not be infringed in any way.

4 years here and you have yet

4 years here and you have yet to learn that a crime without a victim is not a crime?

They could have been carrying RPGs for all I care. Then again, I probably would have wanted to hang out and get a few pictures with them.

Seriously though, walking around with a few pounds of metal, wood, and plastic is a crime?


I am in agreeance with the

I am in agreeance with the imorality of victimless crimes, however, I was speaking to the fact that by calling it an "assault rifle" you are making your intentions with it known, to assault. It would be reasonable and moral to arrest or even a fire upon a man brandishing a gun and shouting "I'm going to injure or kill everyone here", even before he actually committed the act.

They weren't brandishing, it

They weren't brandishing, it appears the rifles were slung over their backs.

I don't even agree that brandishing is illegal in 100% of the occurrences. There are times when someone is being an a-hole and brandishing firearms to be a menace. While that shouldn't be a crime, that person should have a reasonable expectation that someone may shoot them. On the other hand, if a person points a gun at someone acting like a thug, then that shouldn't be a crime either. If you are a thug and people are pointing guns at you a lot, perhaps you should not be a thug.

Brandishing a firearm is pretty menacing, but you better be ready for someone to shoot back. Law enforcement isn't needed.


I could be wrong but

I think he was making a comment on the illegitimate use of the words "Assault rifle".

"Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused.Men can go wrong with wine and women.Shall we then prohibit and abolish women? The sun, the moon,and the stars have been worshiped.Shall we then pluck them out of the sky?

Seriously ??

I hope you are simply joking.

I have a friend in Arizona

I have a friend in Arizona that regularly takes his rifle for a walk in the rural area he lives in. The police have been called so many times that now they just ask the caller if the guy has a pony tail and is wearing a boonie hat. When they say yes, the police just say "oh, that's just Harry."