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Gun-rights group plans open-carry walk in NLR

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published January 15, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.

A gun-rights group says it plans to hold an open-carry walk in North Little Rock this weekend.

Arkansas Carry said in a statement that members will walk at 11 a.m. Saturday from Schlotsky's Deli on JFK Boulevard to Cherry Hill Drive and then back again with their guns on display.

The group contends a law that went into effect last year allows the open carrying of firearms, although Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has contested that interpretation.

Several other similar walks have been held in other locations around the state.

Arkansas Carry said the North Little Rock Police Department was notified of the march, described in a statement as an "open carry celebration walk."

A police spokesman wasn't immediately available for comment.

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Packman says... January 17, 2014 at 8:10 a.m.

Hey donsufferfools - I called you no names. I simply asked of you some questions that illustrated the ignorance of your point regarding gun control. Taking your false comparison a bit further, do tens of millions of people hunt in any of those places? Do any of those places allow target shooting? Do any allow people to collect guns as an investment, family heirlooms, or personal reasons? Apples and apples, dontsuffer, apples and apples.
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Now, donstufferfools, how many guns are in private ownership in America today? How many guns were used to murder someone in America last year? Now, compare those numbers as a percentage. Based on the extremely small percentage, you will see we are actually doing a hellofagoodjob keeping guns out of the hands of bad guys in America, except in those cities with the most stringent gun control laws. Whys is that, dontsufferfools?

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Dontsufferfools says... January 17, 2014 at 11:04 a.m.

Anyone can cherrypick stats to make a point. But any study of gun violence can correlate gun proliferation with violence. Sometimes I think being an American conservative means having no short-term memory, like that guy in Memento, so one can forget inconvenient facts. Japan has few guns and it's gun-death-rate per 100,000 is statistically zero. Hawaii has a household gun ownership percentage of 9.7 percent and a gun homicide rate per 100,000 of 3.31. Alaska has a household gun ownership rate of 60.6 percent and a 20.28 percent gun homicide rate per 100,000. Overall, Texans shoot and kill one another at a higher rate than Illinoisians. Cities try to ban handguns and concealed carry, but federal courts consistently say it's constitutional issue. Chicago's concealed-carry ban was, ah, shot down. In general, folks in more gun-liberal Southern states murder each other at about double the rate as those more gun-conservative Yankees up North. That's the "Whys" of it, packman. grimreaper, this is your opportunity to tell me to move up north if I don't like it here. So clever. Coen Bros. could make a movie about you: The Man With the Dullest Scythe Ever.

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GrimReaper says... January 17, 2014 at 11:52 a.m.

Well DUH, Dsf. Yes, you proved that one can cherrypick stats to make a point. Certainly a society with a high level of gun ownership will have a higher percentage of homicides where a firearm is used. After all, a gun is a very efficient tool for killing which can easily be used by anyone, unlike ones hands or feet for example. There are many factors which affect the homicide rate within a society but the cultural one has to be at the top of the list. Common sense should tell one that the availability of means is down toward the bottom. Oops......sorry, I forgot that common sense is not utilized by Leftists. Orwell summed you up so well: "So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot."

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Packman says... January 17, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

Hey dontsufferfools - OMG! You condemn the cherrypicking of stats, and immediately cherrypick stats. Hypocritical, inconsistent, dumb, or simply typical modern day liberalism, take your pick of what you just did, dontsuffer. As to those correlations, do countries with more automobiles have more automobile accidents? Do countries with more venomous snakes tally more venomous snake bites? Good grief, dontsuffer, get a grip.
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And just answer the question about number of guns in America versus the number of gun murders per year? That stat will prove how well we are keeping guns out of the hands of bad guys in America. Inconvenient truths and honest work are to libs what garlic and crosses are to vampires.

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Morgancub says... January 17, 2014 at 12:33 p.m.

I don't have a problem with open carry, but one thing bothers me.... Some people allow power to go right to their heads !!! We've all seen examples of this.. A job promotion, and bam, you don't even recognize the guy !! A gun on your hip is power!! It's not the gun, it's the head on top of the shoulders... I can't stand a g_d d__n bully.. And that's exactly what an open carry license would do to some people !!!
And if I'm a business owner, open to the public, and I request that you do not bring a firearm into my business, respect my policy... Don't give me any of your BS about your rights, I have rights too !!!!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 17, 2014 at 12:47 p.m.

Bingo Morgan on all counts. Concealed carry is best no matter what.

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Dontsufferfools says... January 17, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.

my stats are a bit screwed up. Alaska has 20.28 gun deaths per 100,000, not 20 percent. Look, I never said I was against guns. I own two handguns, go to the range at least once a month and enjoy seeing how accurate I can shoot. I have a CCL. I also feel safer on the streets of Paris at night, w/o a gun, than I do walking in LR in broad daylight, with a gun. I made a one-sentence point about 80redux Houston-Chicago correlation which is meant to imply that gun-control laws have no effect on gun violence. My one-sentence challenge suggested that it's the quality of the gun control that matters when it comes to reducing violence, maybe? Somebody made the point that they're willing to accept several tens of thousands of gunshot deaths every year as a trade-off for the right to have guns. That's the argument pro-abortion folks often make. Better to allow abortion than peeking into doctor offices and medicine cabinets, holding inquisitions on miscarriages and seizing control of women's bodies.

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GrimReaper says... January 17, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.

I also agree with Morgancub. I don't have a problem with going armed in any manner if there is a common sense reason for doing so; BUT, openly displaying your weapon can be construed as a provocative act, particularly in an urban environment, and could lead to unnecessary trouble when nut cases get involved, particularly if booze is also a part of the equation. Concealed carry is better. Surprise is a great advantage.
If Dsf feels safe on the streets of Paris at night without a gun he obviously has never gone into any of the crime ridden "no go" zones where even the police enter with great trepidation.

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Packman says... January 18, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.

Hey MorganCub - Excellent post!
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Hey dontsuffer - "Somebody made the point that they're willing to accept several tens of thousands of gunshot deaths every year as a trade-off for the right to have guns." That "somebody" is wrong. The NRA, for example, strongly supports programs that teach gun safety and sentencing laws that keep bad guys off the streets which are efforts designed to decrease gun deaths. No other national organization works as hard as he NRA to prevent gun deaths.

One important distinction between gun deaths and abortion. In the vast majority of abortions, the woman made the decision to have unprotected sex for personal satisfaction and then unilaterally made the decision to kill her unborn child. Big difference in the scenerios, big difference.

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Dontsufferfools says... January 18, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.

That "somebody" made the point you did, Packman. We know about 25,000 will die every year in auto accidents, and many more will be maimed, but we don't ban driving. It's a trade-off — we've determined the value we get from the convenience of driving is worth some human life. Abortion is a trade-off. We don't want an Orwellian society that governs women's bodies, peeks into bedrooms and holds inquisitions on whether someone induced an abortion or had a miscarriage, so we allow, while frowning on it. Even Hillary says, "safe, legal and rare."

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