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    HuffPo Outraged VA Man Exercising His Open Carry Right … While Wearing a Trump T-shirt

    HuffPo Outraged VA Man Exercising His Open Carry Right … While Wearing a Trump T-shirt

    Yes, HuffPo, Virginia’s open carry law applies even in the “wealthiest county in America”

    Every once in a while a headline catches my eye because it is so profoundly misleading that it can only be purposeful.  This is one of those times.

    A Huffington Post article entitled “A Guy In A Trump Shirt Carried A Gun Outside Of A Virginia Polling Place. Authorities Say That’s Fine” has the strange non sequitur subtitle: “The incident happened in the wealthiest county in America.”  Its url also contains, for no apparent reason, the term “voter intimidation.”

    Here’s the story:

    A man wearing a Donald Trump shirt and carrying a weapon stood outside a voting location in Loudoun County, Virginia, on Friday. Authorities in the nation’s richest county are apparently OK with that.

    Erika Cotti encountered the man when she went to vote at the county’s registrar’s office, she told The Huffington Post. Virginia doesn’t have early voting per se, but voters can cast in-person absentee ballots for a host of reasons, like if they’re going to be out of the county or city on Election Day.

    “I had my 9-year-old son with me. I felt intimidated,” Cotti said. “And I had to explain to my 9-year-old why a man with a 357 magnum is standing outside the polling station.”

    Cotti said the man offered her a Republican sample ballot, which she declined.

    “He’s like, ‘Who are you going to vote for, crooked Hillary?’ And I was like, that’s really none of your business,” Cotti said, adding that the man was standing in the sidewalk outside of the office when they left and blocking their path.

    Judy Brown, Loudoun County registrar, confirmed that the man was standing outside her office in Leesburg and handing out GOP literature.

    “There is a gentleman standing outside the office with a holstered gun,” Brown told HuffPost. “According to law enforcement, because Virginia is open carry, he’s allowed to have it.”

    Virginia is indeed open carry, and I’m sure the police checked the guy’s permit when they were called to the scene.  No one was threatened, no one was harmed.

    And yes, HuffPo, Virginia’s open carry law applies even in the “wealthiest county in America.”

    Essentially, someone saw a guy with a legal holstered gun.  In Virginia.

    Oh . . . and he was wearing a threatening Trump T-shirt!

    Quick! Alert the (demonstrably biased) media!


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    thinkofamerica | November 7, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Anyone visibly wearing a gun (even if it is legal)asking people outside a polling station who they are voting for is not only odd and obtrusive but also intimidating. First off it is none of his darn business. Secondly, I would still feel this way if he was wearing a Hillary shirt. It’s none of his business who I’m voting for. So he can take his gun that makes him feel like a ‘tough guy’ somewhere else. If he really wants to make a difference for the republican party then he should join that county’s committee. What makes matters worse is that this man is a retired police officer and should know better. This is the DEFINITION of voter intimidation.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to thinkofamerica. | November 7, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      If you feel intimidated where there is no intimidation, the problem is yours, not the intimidator who exists only in your head and heart, created by your personal biases.

      That the cure for one’s bad feelings is a change in someone else’s behavior is how children think.

    Immolate | November 7, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I feel triggered by his gun. Is that possible?

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