FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Parents at a Forysth County park abruptly stopped a children’s baseball game after growing suspicions of the behavior of a man carrying a gun in a waist holster Tuesday night.
“He’s just walking around [saying] ‘See my gun? Look, I got a gun and there’s nothing you can do about it.’ He knew he was frightening people. He knew exactly what he was doing,” said parent Karen Rabb.
Rabb told Channel 2’s Tom Regan the parents grew so alarmed that they brought the game to a halt when the man declined a request that he leave a parking lot overlooking the baseball field.
“He scared people to the point where we stopped the game, took the kids out of the dugout and behind the dugout, and kind of hunkered down,” Rabb said.
Scaring kids and families. What a big man you are. Bet you’re proud of yourself.
Even though “guns everywhere” doesn’t go into effect until July, apparently the man wasn’t violating any laws. He had a carry permit and wasn’t actively threatening anyone, just being your basic asshole gun douche. Scaring kids and parents, because Freedom!
Another parent questioned what point the man was trying to prove.
“Why would anyone be walking around a public park, with a lot of children and parents and people here playing baseball, and he’s walking around with a gun? I don’t think the parents would have been nervous had he just had the gun in his holster and was just watching the game,” said parent Paris Horton.
Rabb’s 6-year-old son Ethan was playing at the time and later expressed concern to his mother.
“When I was reading my son’s story last night, he turned to me and said ‘Mommy, did that man want to kill me?'” said Rabb.
Here’s the thing. As the gun loons get all hopped up on their firepower and start acting like assholes the way this guy did, and as the inevitable fatal accidental shootings increase, the utter folly of guns everywhere will be evident to all. Because the open carry movement is all about trying to normalize that which no one with any common sense will ever consider normal. They want to normalize gun culture, which Dan Baum so accurately described as,
…a culture animated by fear of violent crime.
Just as the Red Cross would like everybody to be qualified in CPR, gun carriers want everybody prepared to confront violence—not only by being armed but by maintaining Condition Yellow. Hang around with people committed to carrying guns and it’s easy to feel guilty about lapsing into Condition White, to begin seeing yourself as deadweight on society, a parasite, a mediocre citizen. “You should constantly practice being in Condition Yellow all the time,” writes Tony Walker in his book How to Win a Gunfight. Of course, it’s not for everyone; the armed life in Condition Yellow requires being mentally prepared to kill. As John Wayne puts it in his last movie, The Shootist, “It’s not always being fast or even accurate that counts. It’s being willing.”
This dystopian worldview is what the gun loons want to normalize, as if we don’t live in suburban America but rather Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan or some other lawless war zone. The fact that these are the same people who are creating pockets of lawlessness, a la Cliven Bundy, seems completely lost on them.
This is not a normal worldview. This level of paranoia is not normal. It’s not normal to think you’re going to be a victim of a violent crime at any moment and have to be on high alert, armed and ready to fire. There is something wrong with you people. Get some therapy, please.
In the meantime, I’ve added Georgia to my list of states I plan to never visit.