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    Merchant of death protest tour

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/news/ct-ahp-arlington-gun-shop-protest-tl-0616-20160610-story.html

    aAnti-gun advocates protest outside family-owned gun shop in Arlington Heights



    Protest outside Arlington Heights gun shop. June 10, 2016. (Karen Cullotta/Chicago Tribune)
    Karen Ann CullottaContact ReporterPioneer Press

    When an anti-gun demonstration targeting an Arlington Heightsgun shop on Friday prompted the owner to keep his business shuttered, protester Lee Goodman was delighted.

    "I wish they'd not open for business every day of the week, because that would be the responsible thing to do," said Goodman, a Northbrookresident and one of several protesters with the organization Peaceful Communities, which staged a demonstration Friday on the sidewalk adjacent to Phil's Village Sports Center on Central Road.

    Goodman said the demonstration in Arlington Heights was the eighth in a campaign the group calls the "Merchants of Death Protest Tour," which he said will continue outside gun industry locations throughout the summer.

    Tucked between a pizza parlor and gyros shop in a strip mall on Central and Busse roads, just across the border from Mount Prospect, a sign on the gun shop's door said the venue was typically open for business from noon to 5 p.m.
    But one longtime customer, Arlington Heights resident Bob Richardson, 60, said the owner, who he described as a local resident in his 70s, most likely decided it wasn't worth opening Friday, due to the demonstration.

    "I've been coming here since the 1970s, and it's just a little shop he owns with his wife, who does the bookkeeping," Richardson said.

    Richardson, who said he holds a concealed carry permit, described the store's customers like himself as "responsible firearms owners."

    "Why don't they go protest on the south side of Chicago, where there are 20 shootings every weekend, instead of a family-owned store in Arlington Heights?" Richardson said. Anti-gun advocates staged a demonstration Friday outside a family-owned gun shop in Arligton Heights. (Karen Ann Cullotta, Pioneer Press)
    An employee who answered the phone at the shop declined to comment on the demonstration.

    But village officials in Arlington Heights said while the handful of retailers in town who sell firearms are primarily under the jurisdiction of federal and state laws, the village does have additional requirements.

    For example, in addition to having a business license from the village, village code states that merchants are not permitted to display firearms or ammunition in exterior display windows, village attorney Robin Ward said.

    In addition, merchants must keep all handguns in a securely locked place, for example, in a cabinet or showcase, at all times during normal business hours, except when they are actually viewed for purchase by a customer or when in the process of repair, Ward said.

    The village code also requires that merchants equip the premises in which firearms, ammunition and components are stored with a device capable of transmitting a signal to an authorized alarm system approved by the police department. Anti-gun advocates staged a demonstration Friday outside a family-owned gun shop in Arlington Heights. (Karen Ann Cullotta, Pioneer Press)
    On Friday afternoon, as a half-dozen protesters waved signs proclaiming, "Renounce violence. Reject guns," several motorists passing by on Central Road honked their horns in support of the demonstration, giving the group a thumbs-up sign.

    Still, other passersby, including Schaumburg resident Mike Bobnick, 54, approached the protesters to share opposing views of the gun control debate.

    "Violence has been around from the first day man walked on earth," Bobnick said. "My father was with the state police, and I grew up with 30 guns in our house, but I'd never think of bringing a gun to school. The Second Amendment gives us the right to own guns … we shouldn't be thinking up more laws we can't enforce."

    Chester Kulis, a Mount Prospect resident, and a protester with the Peaceful Communities group, strongly disagreed, and described his family's first-hand experience with gun violence.

    "In 1972, my 20-year-old brother, Mike, who was a student at LoyolaUniversity in Chicago, was killed in a robbery on the L, the day before Mother's Day," Kulis said. "Our family never dreamed that something like that could happen to us."

    Decades later, after a career in law enforcement, Kulis,71, said he would often talk to students about gun violence in a criminal justice course he taught at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.

    "I asked the students how many of them knew a family member or close friend who was a victim of gun violence, and about a quarter of the hands would go up," Kulis said.

    "We all have children, and some of us have grandchildren, and we all hope they can grow up in a world where they will be less endangered by guns," Goodman added.

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    There are two types of people in this world. People that think the Goverment is looking out for their best interest and people that just think !

    #2
    Guns are bad? How would they react to being attacked by a group wielding tree branches?

    And isn't a law-abiding shop owner entitled to conduct normal business without that business being impeded by rabble with signs?
    Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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      #3
      They should bring down a few buses of choir boys from the South Side and let them out next to the "protesters" to set these crackas straight. Sheeeeit. Chiraq. What!

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        #4
        Fuck you, you liberal idiots
        "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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          #5
          I think that guy just needs a good punch in the nose.

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            #6
            Originally posted by imrich View Post
            I think that guy just needs a good punch in the nose.
            That nose does beg punching in the first pic.

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              #7
              The pizza next door will kill more people this year than the guns sold in that shop.

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                #8
                Never seen such a large group of people in need of a windy spot to piss into. Don't borrow a jacket when it gets cold with these ones.

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                  #9
                  It's coming

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                    #10
                    'Why don't they go protest on the south side of Chicago, where there are 20 shootings every weekend, instead of a family-owned store in Arlington Heights?' Richardson said.

                    Silly man, South side of Chicago is dangerous! There are gangs with guns that shoot people! This group of sheep is unarmed and thoroughly pussified.
                    SHADAP VARMINT!

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                      #11
                      If they ever do that here, I'd say we organize as a group and go to what ever store these maggots are annoying and just keep going in and out buying a few things in support.
                      Even carry some papers and walk out showing them to the assqoes telling them you just bought a gun
                      "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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                        #12
                        Not so Dear protesters: Instead of harassing a legal family owned business. How about you protest the drug dealers, drug abusers, thugs and gang bangers, who are actually committing the violence. No you won't do that because that would require courage of which you have none. Instead you disrupt the lives of hard working, law abiding folks. Stop the "feel good" protests and direct your focus towards the true problem or sit down and shut the fuck up!! Pathetic cowards the whole lot of you!

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                        • Aquabach
                          Aquabach commented
                          Editing a comment
                          "Stop the "feel good" protests and direct your focus towards the true problem or sit down and shut the fuck up!!"


                          Liberals are incapable of doing that.

                        #13
                        Originally posted by Aquabach View Post
                        If they ever do that here, I'd say we organize as a group and go to what ever store these maggots are annoying and just keep going in and out buying a few things in support.
                        Even carry some papers and walk out showing them to the assqoes telling them you just bought a gun
                        Should they be so stupid, I'm in!

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                          #14
                          The gun store should not have been closed, fuck those protesters. That store should have been opened and the owner should have power washed the sidewalk and the front of the store that day (removing the muffler on the power washing for a more dramatic effect)

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                            #15
                            Originally posted by Safety42 View Post
                            The gun store should not have been closed, fuck those protesters. That store should have been opened and the owner should have power washed the sidewalk and the front of the store that day (removing the muffler on the power washing for a more dramatic effect)
                            He also should have ran a "Patriots Sale" that day!

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