Alana Mastrangelo, a “reporter” for the far-right “news” website Breitbart, retweeted a photo of a woman with a comically large handgun strapped to her hip while perusing the bread aisle. The original tweet was posted by a man by the name of Roshan Rinaldi, who asked: “Why would someone need a huge handgun to buy bread?”
Mastrangelo countered with her own question: “Why would someone NOT carry a handgun while grocery shopping?”
Why would someone NOT carry a handgun while grocery shopping? https://t.co/kFWx5uMbwY— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) August 12, 2019
The woman in the photo isn’t the only one who has been gratuitously open-carrying in everyday stores as the nation tries to recover from the back-to-back mass shootings that happened just over a week ago.
Multiple photos of men with assault weapons strapped to their backs have circulated with people widely asking one simple question: Why? The counter of “why not” from Mastrangelo is the only question that has produced some clear answers.
Because you don’t need a militia to protect the bread aisle. https://t.co/bQglhiX5Ya— feminist next door (@emrazz) August 12, 2019
Because it’s hostile, dangerous and increases opportunity for unnecessary loss, and because even under the twisted interpretations of the 2nd Amendment there is virtually no connection between government oppression and canned corn.
— ???? Asaya ???? (@AsayaSauvet) August 12, 2019
Where I live, no one carries handguns while shopping because we’re not a bunch of cowering ninnies fearful of our own neighbors.
— If you knew Suzy???? (@SuzyQL) August 12, 2019
Handguns won’t stop the following:
Goliath Bird Eating Spiders
Spiders in general really
Also, I’m in Australia where we have somewhat sensible gun laws which largely prevent mass shootings.
— Nerdy People Play D&D (@NerdyPeopleDnD) August 12, 2019
Because statistically a gun in my possession is more likely to be used to hurt me than to protect me.
— Half An Unkindness (@halfunkindness) August 12, 2019
Oh, I dunno. I guess some of us don’t fetishize the idea of getting into a shootout with people at the grocery store.
— Jennifer (@Efinnjer) August 12, 2019
Because I’m an adult?
— Benge eating my sorrows away (@AndrewDBenge) August 12, 2019
I have managed to go grocery shopping for 58 years without carrying a gun. Somehow I have survived AND bought my bread.
— Christine Davey – old feminist thug (@chrisda22842521) August 12, 2019
Because a lack of situational awareness will result in your weapon being lost, stolen or taken.
— I10 Veteran (@LaLiberalVetera) August 12, 2019
Sorry you live in a war zone.
— Weltschmerz, The Musical (@ArentYOUNice) August 12, 2019
Because most people aren’t delusional violent paranoid cowards.
All gun owners are potential mass shooters and need to be treated as such #SeeSomethingSaySomething
When you see a gun owner, call the police immediately
— Greg Lestrade (@GregLestrade19) August 12, 2019
That last response in particular was also retweeted by Mastrangelo as evidence that we should definitely not have any gun control laws at all.
Here’s an example as to why red flag laws are dangerous. There are people like this out there????????— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) August 12, 2019
And many of them are in government. Never give up your liberty in exchange for perceived safety. https://t.co/UdEqapXSg8
Community members have actually already been calling the police on people with guns, particularly around El Paso, Dayton, and outside any Walmart, and have likely prevented more mass shootings by doing so.
Heavily armed man arrested outside #Walmart...— Danny Williams (@NL_DannyW) August 10, 2019
I’ve travelled to many Countries in the #World but not to the #USA yet.
The fact that people can wander round with #AssaultRifles because #Guns are a commodity & ‘Right’ in #America is 1 reason why! ????????https://t.co/FpKCyjVNoZ
"El Paso police arrested a Trump supporter outside an organizing space for immigrants, wearing latex gloves and brandishing a knife. Police also recovered a loaded gun, ammunition [...] from the man's truck, which sported a banner portraying Donald Trump" https://t.co/bkQCzQh77X— Article I § 2 (@ampersine) August 8, 2019
One of these days there’s going to be a shootout over by the bagged salad with both gun owners assuming they’re the “good guy with a gun” and the other is a “bad guy with a gun.”