Bob has a house across the street from where your children attend elementary school. One day Bob sits on his front porch with a rifle on his lap while your kids walk to school. This makes you feel....
Depends. Is Bob mentally ill/acting odd?
If it's just one random day he pulls out a rifle, I'm gonna take note and be worried. If he does it every day that's a different thing.
Neither, unless there's reason to be suspicious.
Well I live in a peaceful suburb so it would make me uneasy. There are no gang problems or other threats so why does he need to armed? Is he paranoid schizophrenic?
Depends. Where do i live? Do people around there do that a lot? Does bob have a problem with the school? Is he stable? Is he cleaning it or just sitting there? Does he look angry? Is he doing anything threatening?
For the sake of the poll, assume it's the nearest school to your house. You don't know anything about Bob, he's just a random guy on his porch.
Across from my school is an apartment complex known to have drug deals going on constantly. Also, my city has a lot of crime, and my school is an Orthodox Jewish school, which is a big target for possible anti-semitic attacks, so I would be pretty worried. Also, most people in my city are anti gun, so all in all, the possibility of him being a peaceful gun owner is not very high.
"Hello Officer I would like to report..."
If an old man lives across the street from a great school he might be fed up for the screeching yelling running and all that noise involved with little kids. I would be part him very quickly and probably stand out too far from the home and make sure that the kids are safe.
What a joke. What is happening to our freedoms. If this man is forced in any way to stop sitting on his porch with his gun, America takes another step back in freedom for "safety". What next, they won't let the man smoke on his porch because the smoke may travel 50+ feet and near the kids. What about banning not the whittling of wood. That knife may scare people. Will he not be able to wash his car or now the grass with his shirt off.
This is my biggest pet peeve. Trading freedoms for "safety". I hope nothing more happens and this man is able to enjoy his time on his porch with his rifle, but that won't happen. He will be forced to stop doing that.
Yes because sitting across from an elementary school with a loaded gun is a threatening action
Neither in the article or the question was there mention of the gun being loaded. A unloaded rifle will deter most crime as people won't know if it is loaded.
Yikes. Keep your eye on that guy.
Hard to say. Neither, particularly, unless I know Bob to be an unstable POS. We had a bear in the yard between the house and her car last week when my wife needed to leave for work, which freaked out and then annoyed my wife mightily, and she's a full-grown and fit human who is very capable with a rifle herself. So if there was a bear in the area while unarmed snack-sized humans were walking by themselves to school, having Bob on guard duty might make parents feel safer.
I don't have any feelings about it at all. It's his private property and he's not breaking the law.
Depends on what I know about Bob
I don't know how stable or how careful this guy is. There are a lot of crazy people in Florida. If he messes up, children could be shot and maybe killed. Of course I wouldn't be comfortable.
I need a Bob outside my school..."kids u better quit misbehaving on playground, see Bob up there? He ain't playing around anymore"
I really wouldn't care. If he wants to exercise his rights then so be it.
After reading the article, I'd say "safe."
Sounds like a lot of drama over nothing.
Probably indifferent. I'd have to know Bob, honestly. He could be out there with malice, or he could be out there specifically for the protection if the neighborhood kids. Just having a gun in one's possession doesn't change my feelings towards anything. In most cases, I do, too....
I'm unsettled because I'm wondering what I'm Bob's mind would make him display a firearm in front of school? If he's threatened, what is he threatened by and his lack of judgement is concerning.
Displaying a firearm in public areas is always unsettling.
Sounds like he's a moron. It would make me feel unsafe and would not be tolerated in the area where I live. No one could technically stop it, but we'd find ways to make it known that we don't like it.
It would make me wary... a little anxious; though only because I don't know what that man will do with his weapon. But, that doesn't mean his right to have it on his private property should be thrown away.
Depends. Has there been an increase in crime in the area? Did someone's kid get abducted on Bob's street so now he's acting as the neighborhood watch? Is he just sitting there? Is he cleaning the gun? Is he staring menacingly at people? Is he drinking tea? Is he drinking whiskey?
Not enough context for me to form a real opinion.
Sure there is! He's a yahoo sitting on his porch fondling his firearm.
Waving at parents walking their kids to school and informing them he's neighborhood watch, that he lost his kids to crazed gunman, and who has vowed that no other parents should suffer that same pain while he's on duty?