Talk about the conditioning of the people. The scare tactics of gun grabbers in government, especially in California, are starting to bring forth their poisoned fruit as a US veteran who owns a gun store decided to promote his store with a cardboard sign that looks like an oversized gun.
Brendan Von, owner of Firearms Unknown, simply chose to use the advertising method known as "sign flipping" to promote his establishment. he began using the sign laws fall during Black Friday shopping.
He began with an oversized cardboard sign that is in the shape of an AR-15. It's clearly not a real gun, but that didn't stop people from calling the police and media about him waving it around in front of his business.
Sadly, some people in the area appear to dumb to be able to recognize an oversized cardboard cutout from a real gun.
One woman told ABC 10, “It looks like a machine gun, it is pretty aggressive. I think he’s doing too much, but then again, they do have the freedom to do that.”
“A couple people just going by, flipping me the bird,” said Von. “Either scolding me or yelling some type of obscenity.”
“It kind of frustrated me that somebody would call [the police] and make a false statement like that, knowing that it is a cardboard sign that is very flimsy,” he said.
Police were called out to the scene because of complaints and asked Von to either stop what he was doing, which was nothing, or change the sign, but he refused.
“I respectfully said no,” said Von. “It’s kind of a slap in the face as a veteran.”
Mr. Von, like many veterans, lost friends in defending his country in a similar manner to Aaron Weiss, who gave a moving speech against gun control following the Sandy Hook shooting.
"I miss them... I wish they were here," Von said.
Von then said what I've always said and that is there is no such thing as bad publicity. OK, he didn't use those words, but he is happy about the complaints in that it has brought him business and began a debate centered around not the Second Amendment, but the First Amendment.
“All the amendments matter,” said Von. “You hear a lot of stuff today, you know, this matters, that matters. Well, I matter and my rights matter.”
“Every American matters,” Von added.
While Von harmed no one in the process of flipping his cardboard gun, he apparently did manage to get a papercut from it.
Von says that he has absolutely no intention to stop flipping his sign in front of his store, and why should he? Because people are offended or just plain scardy cats? No law is being violated. There's no law against you being offended at the shape of a cardboard sign nor being scared of it.