On Saturday, around 30 ammosexuals, gun fetishes, and blasturbators held a pride parade through the streets of St. Louis, Missouri, but around 50 (many from Amnesty International) showed up to express their opposition to these terrorists wandering the city with loaded weapons.
Organizer Jeffry Smith, an Ohio firearms instructor who was strapped with two handguns and a rifle, planned the rally to coincide with a visit to St. Louis University, where his son attends school.
“I’m well-armed here, but nothing’s happening — and why is nothing happening?” said Smith. “Because I’m not doing anything with these guns, and neither are any of these people you see around you. So it’s not the gun that is the problem, it’s the individual,” he said, pushing the lie that ready availability of firearms is not in any way dangerous because people are the real problem.
Last month, right-wing state legislators overrode Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of S.B. 656, which allows those with concealed carry permits to openly carry their weapons. However, Smith feels that the law includes everyone who legally owns a gun.
“There are people here who would be willing to show a permit. And there are people here, like myself, who would not even be willing to say whether or not they have a permit,” Smith said, adding that he thinks people shouldn’t have to prove that they have permission to “act within their rights.”
The White People Rally was met with only eight members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police force — a fraction of the response the peaceful protests in Ferguson, Missouri have drawn. In fact, officers did nothing to ensure that those who were carrying weapons were legally permitted to do so, and refused to check for concealed carry permits in accordance with the law.
“There’s some confusion and some language issues in the city law and the state law, and so that’s what’s currently going to the courts,” Captain Dan Howard said. “We’re not going to fight that court battle here today. We’re just going to let them walk, let them walk back, and let the courts decide.”
Mayor Francis Slay condemned the march and the laws that made it legal. “There’s far too much gun violence (in St. Louis), far too many people using far too many guns to try and settle disputes,” Slay said. “And to try to, in some way, use guns like these demonstrators did today as some sort of show of force is very disturbing to me.”
“You can dismiss these protesters prettily easily, say they are just extremists and you shouldn’t pay too much attention to them. And I believe that as well,” Slay added. “But it’s not about what they’re doing here today. It’s about the law that allows them to do it. And that’s something we should take very seriously.” Slay wants to get the open carry law repealed.
Becky Morgan of Moms Demand Action said the open carriers could be confusing and terrifying children, who have been taught to hide from people with guns during active shooter drills.
“What are my kids supposed to think if I had brought them down to City Garden today and they saw those people down there with firearms?” Morgan asked. “Am I supposed to say oh no, don’t worry about them, and disregard everything they’ve been taught year after year for the benefit of their safety in school?”
To clarify, if your skin is colored similarly to a marshmallow, you may roam the streets of St. Louis without police even worrying if you should have a gun, what you will do with it, or about safety, in general. If you are black and holding signs, you risk receiving the beatdown of your life.
Makes perfect sense.