In Jim Cooley’s open-carry America, even a trip to Walmart can require an AR-15
By Terrence McCoy, Washington Post
“I’m not going to sit there and have the police called on you. I mean, I don’t want to see that crap,” Maria says, knowing what a trip to Walmart means. She knows her 51-year-old husband has two guns inside the house, and this afternoon it won’t be the 9mm, which he straps on with a round in the chamber when grabbing lunch at his favorite fast-food restaurant or visiting a friend’s auto shop. It’ll be the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, which he brings when going somewhere he thinks is dangerous, like the Atlanta airport, where he’s taken it loaded with a 100-bullet drum, or Walmart, where he thinks crowds could pose easy targets for terrorists.
In a country of relaxing gun laws where it’s now legal to open-carry in 45 states and there are 14.5 million carry permits, every day seems to bring a new version of what open carry can mean. In Kentucky, it’s now legal to open-carry in city buildings. In downtown Cleveland, people carried military-style rifles during the Republican National Convention. In Howell, Mich., last month, a father went openly armed to his child’s middle-school orientation. In Mississippi, it’s now legal to open-carry without a permit at all. And in Georgia, which has passed a “guns everywhere” bill and has issued nearly 1 million carry permits, Jim Cooley is staking out his version of what’s acceptable as he keeps pleading with his wife.
“I got to get soda.”
So tell me, without clicking through the link, why is Keith Scott dead and Jim Cooley alive (though not for long, man has serious health issues)?
Yes, that could be it.
The Crutcher Case is open and shut. You can see the damn blood dribbling down the glass of the closed window! Cops are lying!
But the flip side of that is it doesn’t matter whether Keith Scott was carrying or not. Open carry is legal in North Carolina.
After that nothing was very funny at all.
The tactic now is not just the Big Lie, it’s to pile outrage on outrage until you get numb.