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sculker 07-25-2008 06:40 AM

Marching with guns in Hastings

Marching with guns in Hastings
July 24, 2008 - 8:08PM

HASTINGS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Dozens of people banded together in Hastings Thursday night to walk the streets with guns in plain sight.

Upwards of 50 people walked up and down the streets of downtown Hastings, most of them carrying holstered pistols.

They say it's to celebrate and exercise their God-given right to keep and bear arms, which is also guaranteed in the second amendment.

There were plenty of people who turned up for the event to watch the spectacle.

Despite some objections, Hastings Police decided not to intervene in anyway because it is legal in Michigan to carry a holstered side arm in public, without a permit, as long as it's visible and the owner obtained the gun legally.

Organizers of the march say that such actions are only illegal in six states. They say they didn't perform this march to cram their rights down peoples throats or to frighten anyone, in fact they hope it had the opposite effect.

Skip Coryell, one of the march organizers said of marchers that "we just want people to know this is not something they should be afraid of, we want to put them at ease around guns. There is this stigma that guns equal crime and gun owners equal criminals, and that's just not true."

Not everyone in Hastings agreed. Some people believe the march was just a political stunt, and one shop owner was heard to remark that the march was about as welcome as the plague.

NO bank robbers were seen on that day :D

mrwatch 07-25-2008 12:11 PM

I cought part of it on the news. Hastings is home to Bob's gun shop. Now if you want to see fine firearms that is the place. Lots of smoke poles too. Their is also a shop downtown. Not sure of the name. As for the march, more power too them. But we will always have some that just won't have a gun in the house.

mpoirier22114 07-25-2008 12:44 PM


Originally Posted by mrwatch (Post 33311)
we will always have some that just won't have a gun in the house.

to bad it wasn't like the days of the pioneers stiil, where u needed a gun to provide for your family

RL357Mag 07-25-2008 06:06 PM


Originally Posted by mpoirier22114 (Post 33315)
to bad it wasn't like the days of the pioneers stiil, where u needed a gun to provide for your family

In some parts of the country it still is, cause if you don't have a gun you will be gunned down and unable to provide for your family!

Jables 07-25-2008 06:20 PM

That sounds like it would be fun, the misses and I are looking at buying some land off you dad out in the country, I'll have a sidearm on me all the time on the farm. I'm sick of living in town.

ScottG 07-25-2008 08:28 PM

Hmmm, the lawbreaking mayor Bloomberg plans to be in Las Vegas next month. Maybe we can have a little parade of our own when he's here. He'd wet his frilly pink panties if he saw a large group exercising their constitutional rights openly carrying handguns....

Can it be done?????

RL357Mag 07-26-2008 02:13 PM

He'd feel even more "honored" if people showed up with their AR's painted in his favorite DuraCoat colors from the "Bloomberg Collection" created by Dura Coats' Steve Lauer. The collection includes Brick & Mortar, Manhattan Red, Bronx Rose, Brooklyn Blue, Queens Green, and Staten Island Orange. It seems Bloomberg doesn't like Lauer or his colors, and would prefer the yet to be devoped color "Anti-gun Invisible".

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