In Ohio, protesters gathered outside the home of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who wasFriday after serving just half of his six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.
He’ll be on probation at his parents’ home near Dayton and some of his neighbors aren’t happy about it, reports CBS News correspondent Carter Evans.
“He’s just not welcome,” Molly Hardin said.
It should be apparent to everyone at this point that Brock Turner got off way too easy. A 19 year old attending Stanford University at the time of the incident, this guy was convicted of raping a 22 year old woman behind a dumpster. Yet, he only got six months in prison, and was recently released after three months on “good behavior”. Go ahead and read the reports – the punishment clearly did not fit the crime, and it is reasonable to question whether or not the judge was paid off to lay down such a lenient sentence. People everywhere should be very pissed off at this gross miscarriage of justice, especially when that same judge has almost certainly handed down harsher sentences for far lesser crimes.
Now that we’ve gotten the obvious out of the way, we can move on.
If you choose to protest outside the Turner’s home, what in your right mind makes you think it is a good idea to carry your AR-15 or other semi-auto rifle to the protest? The tactical advantage of a long gun over a handgun almost never makes up for what you lose by openly displaying it; the shit would probably need to hit the fan for open carry to become a tactically good idea. There is only one reason to open carry your rifle in that situation, and that is to focus on “exercising your rights”. And all you are doing is detracting from your protest of Brock Turner, by being selfish and making it about your own right to open carry your firearm.
See my previous content; these statements are coming from one of the most pro-gun guys out there, who understands the reasons why people want to own AR-15s and other semi-auto rifles, and why they want the right to open carry. There are plenty of good reasons to open carry, including but not limited to: at or near a hunt or shooting range, or openly carrying a handgun while working in some security-related capacity. Slinging your rifle around your back to go to the grocery store or a protest of Brock Turner are NOT good reasons. Think of the Westboro Baptist idiots protesting the funerals of the Orlando nightclub shooting victims. Just because you have the right to do something, doesn’t mean that you should.
What you open carry morons are doing is making the case for restricting the rights of law abiding gun owners everywhere much stronger. We already have to fight tooth and nail against the gun control lies of Michael Bloomberg, Shannon Watts, Ladd Everitt, and all of those who mindlessly follow them. People who already don’t like the second amendment at all are using images of open carry dumbasses everywhere, including grocery stores, as justification to further restrict gun rights everywhere.
It is important that I note that while I don’t think protesting outside of Brock Turner’s home is going to do any good, if the protesters feel it is the best form of protest, that is their prerogative. More effective protests would be directed towards recalling Judge Aaron Persky, or contacting your local judge or representative and demanding they make sure convicted rapists are sentenced accordingly. But, if you want to protest outside this asshole’s home, who am I to say no?
Just do us all a favor and leave your rifle at home. You are making the protest about yourself, not Brock Turner, by open carrying there. And you’re attracting attention from all the wrong places in the process. Not just from gun control groups, but from the police themselves. Do you really want that kind of negative attention drawn to yourself and your cause? Especially when you’re out there protesting someone/something entirely unrelated?