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Continued: Lileks: Staying out of the bullseye: Packing heat at Target

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 12, 2014 - 10:34 PM

You could argue that the more conspicuous open carry we have, the more everyone learns to unclench about firearms and associate them with law-abiding good guys instead of the law-flouting miscreants. I get that. But people are entitled not to like guns.

People don’t like tarantulas, and while it’s legal to own them, showing up at Chipotle with one perched on your head isn’t doing tarantula-acceptance any good.

Two possible solutions:

1. Wear a uniform. Any uniform. People relax a bit around guns if they’re worn by someone whose shirt and pants match in fabric and color, and they have an embroidered patch on the sleeve. Even if it’s a Cub Scouts emblem. It’s how we’re programmed.

The only exception is plaid: If you wear plaid pants and a matching plaid shirt and you enter a store with a rifle, people will think you are here to hold everyone hostage until Nick at Night starts showing WKRP reruns again.

2. New store policy: Rifles will be permitted in the store, but company policy insists that a big puffy pink pom-pom must be tied to the barrel. If you don’t have one, there is a $40 pom-pom rental fee.

But that’s for a shotgun. Single-barrels need only sport one pom.

jlileks@startribune.com • 612-673-7858

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