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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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Funny wording... "takes his

Funny wording... "takes his rifle for a walk" :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

Free Peacekeeping

More, please!

The mistake they made

Get to know your police community liaison officer in a non-confrontational and friendly way. That way, tell them in advance when you are going to do something like this. Get it on record. That way if something happens to you you can tell the court (when you sue the police later) that the police not only had prior knowledge about what you were doing, but that you had asked them for their presence and protection and they refused. :)

Normally I wouldn't agree here

but just considering the promoted 2nd Amendment march to state capitals, makes me want to agree, in that case alone.

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I see people carrying guns all the time

here in Wyoming. No one thinks anything of it. Once I was parked in a parking lot, eating lunch, and I saw a guy pull his rifle out of his truck and carry it into the liquor store. I didn't think about it until later, that some places people would freak out about that. He probably was showing off his new rifle to the owner of the store. In this state, if someone doesn't have a gun, people would look at them wierd, and not trust them, because they might be some flaming liberal who wants to change our laws.

Assault rifles Foxnews? Really?

I would bet that those rifles are not capable of fully automatic or burst fire. Looks like someone at foxnews doesn't care to describe the more specific details of those weapons...or if they weren't able to ask those 2 men, simply leave that important detail open...I mean, why not just call them rifles.

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You are right ! Thanks for pointing that out.

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

The sad part of this is that....

so many folks were freakin'-out. The young man's comments were valid: They weren't behaving in a threatening manner, so there should be no cause for alarm.
What I see from this is that the public (especially in the hippy-filled, ultra-liberal town of Portland) has been totally conditioned to automatically panic whenever they see a gun. That they've been conditioned to automatically view firearms as "bad" or "dangerous" or a "threat". This is what the Amerikan populace has degenerated into: Scared sheep that cower and cry for authoritarian help at the first sign of something they're not comfortable with.

Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

This act

Is a great solution to changing this impression. Lets have more of it!!

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

I commend

These two Patriots for what they are doing.

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