Not everyone agrees.
Apparently there is an anti-Second Amendment hate group in Rochester, MN that wants little children to go unprotected.
To that end the group seem to be using a shame tactic: Posting signs with a photo of the man and an imprinted message, "This man carries a loaded gun around your children everyday."
As a gesture of gratitude for protecting children from perverts, I decided to superimpose my own photo on the poster. See image below.
Wouldn't it be great if all responsible men would step up to stop crime against our children?
The hate group seems to disagree. Apparently they would rather call the cops after crimes have been committed and our children are scarred for life. Or killed.
A sign posted in a front yard brings an interesting debate. At the center of it, your constitutional rights. In the past few weeks there’s been a number of stories involving guns on school property in Olmsted County. The issue Friday is a gun near school property and the way one woman is voicing her concern.Continue reading ►
Matthew Halleck brings his two girls to and from the outskirts of Harriet Bishop Elementary in Rochester every day. "I'm going to protect my children anyway I can,” said Halleck.
For Matthew, that means carrying a concealed gun that he has a permit for, while adhering to all legal boundaries. "It's not crossing the street here, where the crosswalk is, it's making sure it's concealed so the kids can't see it,” he said.
But Matthew is no longer the only one who knows he's carrying a gun. Recently a sign went up in a front yard across the street from the school. It has Matthew’s picture on it and reads, "This man carries a loaded gun around your children every day."
"Since we don't have a way to stop him, we felt it was important to notify the neighborhood and the parents that there is an armed man in their presence,” said Kimberly Edson, a Rochester resident who put the sign up. "The first couple days of school he had it very visible, we saw it and were quite concerned,” she said.
Kimberly called the police the day the picture was taken, but they said Matthew has a legal right to carry off school property. Matthew also contacted authorities concerning the sign, and while they briefly took the sign down, it was eventually determined that Kimberly was also breaking no laws. "He has a 2nd Amendment right to carry the gun, I have my 1st Amendment right to say that I don't like it,” said Edson.
ABC 6 News contacted Rochester Public Schools about the issue who released a statement saying, “We cannot comment on this as it is not a school matter; however, Rochester Public Schools holds the safety of our students and staff at the highest priority.”
Both Kimberly and Matthew have the same reason for doing what they're doing. They both say it comes down to the safety of the children.
"I have a responsibility to help create the kind of community I want to see, and I don't want to see a community where there are guns around schools,” said Edson.
"If it heightens the awareness for folks out there that are confident enough, and see the changes in the world to add an extra layer of protection, I encourage people to do it,” said Halleck.
Kimberly says she plans on putting more signs up about her view on gun culture.
Meanwhile, Matthew says he's contemplating a libel lawsuit. Matthew is the past president of the Harriet Bishop PTSA and he unsuccessfully ran for the Rochester Public School Board this year.
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