Posted by Nolan Finley (The Detroit News) on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 5:13 PM
Gun rights advocates should avoid showdown
I'm as enthusiastic about guns and the Second Amendment as anyone. But I think the gun rights advocates who are pushing the issue of open carry during the Arts, Beats & Eats festival in Royal Oak risk doing their cause more harm than good.
Certainly, organizers of the festival shouldn't have written into the contract with the city a ban on weapons that runs contrary to state law. It was unnecessary.
But threatening to show up at the festival fully armed is also an unnecessary provocation by the gun rights folks. Not everyone appreciates guns as much as we do. A show of arms will only set off the anti-gun crowd and prompt attempts to limit Second Amendment rights. Who needs that?
The best way to protect Second Amendment rights is to exercise them with common sense, and do as little as possible to panic those who are afraid of guns.
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