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.
Park users flooded 911 with 22 calls about the man. Forysth County deputies questioned the man, and found that he had a permit for the handgun. Authorities said since the man made no verbal threats or gestures, they could neither arrest him nor ask him to leave the park.
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.
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Typical Second Amendment Hero — rubbing your face in his guns, just to be an asshole about. If you made possession of a firearm with intent to troll a felony, some 90% of “gun rights advocates” would be in prison — where they belong.
They aren’t patriots, they’re bullies, and someone needs to show this Second Amendment Hero how useless his gun is when someone’s standing on his neck.
The GOP is already working on a way to cave on the debt ceiling. Right now, the puzzle seems to be how to cave without sending the base into a panic. Frankly, I could care less whether they can pull that one off or not. I’m not going to lose a lot of sleep worrying whether Republicans can avoid stepping on their own landmines. Serves them right for laying them in the first place.
Is GOP Rep. Michael Grimm — the guy who threatened to beat up a reporter last night after the SOTU — abusing steroids?
Republican leadership is none too pleased with Rand Paul’s response to the State of the Union last night. According the HuffPo’s Jon Ward, “A Republican leadership aide, speaking without authorization, said that leadership offices were in fact ‘unhappy’ with Paul for ‘such a blatant, self-promoting move’ that lent itself easily to stories that the party remains divided.”
Rising ocean levels force Fijian villagers to relocate — see, because global warming, melting ice caps, and swelling seas are just a big hoax and all.
Former Bush speechwriter and current rightwing hack Marc Thiessen accuses Pres. Obama of plagiarizing his 2014 SOTU address from Dubya’s 2007 address. Saying the words seemed “eerily familiar,” he told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that Obama lifted whole passages from Bush. The problem? It’s all bullshit. “A quick text compare shows that no lines were directly lifted from Bush’s 2007 speech in the one Obama gave on Tuesday,” the report tells us.What Thiessen’s complaining about is that Obama spoke with the same vague optimism as Bush — and every president who ever gave a speech anywhere — used. Thiessen’s hackishness has no bottom.
The new frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination: Mike Huckabee. After his bizarre comments about women’s libidos and contraception, liberals and the media piled on Huckabee. And there’s nothing the wingnut base loves more than a victim, unless it’s a troll. By offending women everywhere and then getting beat up because of it, the former Arkansas governor qualifies as both.
Paul Ryan spells out a possible Republican version of immigration reform that does not include a path to citizenship — but doesn’t rule out citizenship, either. Greg Sargent explains how this proposal demonstrates the pickle the GOP finds themselves in on the issue.
The House passes a farm bill with $8 billion in cuts to food assistance. This very bad idea is expected to pass the Senate easily and be signed by the President.
Fox’s Neil Cavuto speaks conservative heresy by criticizing the Republican response to the State of the Union. “[Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers] did a horrible job,” Cavuto told guest Rick Santorum. “She did a horrible job, you know it. And she’s a wonderful person, but it was horrible.”
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is in a lot of hot water over his state’s terrible response to a winter storm that basically shut the place down. Seriously, it was bad. Thousands of people — including kids in school buses — were trapped on icy roadways overnight, because Deal simply did not take the threat at all seriously. When your state is the home to both CNN and the Weather Channel, it’s a good idea to deal with bad weather competently. Otherwise, you’re guaranteed hour after hour after hour of bad press. On more levels than one, Deal is getting criticism he both deserves and invited.
Finally, Michele Bachmann is a ridiculous clown. You probably already knew that, but it pays to remind everyone from time to time.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]