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The Sioux Falls Open Carry walk was a success

July 28, 2013
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South Dakota Open Carry walk in Sioux Falls on July 27, 2013

Today the Sioux Falls chapter of South Dakota Open Carry had their scheduled walk down Minnesota Avenue. I posted about this event earlier in the week. We didn’t get an official headcount, but I would say we had at least 60+ participate in the walk. All attendees were in great spirit; which was only intensified by the beautiful weather!

Kelo-land has posted a story with video about the march. The have a good quote from Jesse (part of SDOC):

“I think all too often the general public doesn’t see law-abiding gun owners in their everyday life,” Jesse Rierson said.

At its core this is why marches like this are important. There were many walks of life represented in the march. Everyone I spoke with believed it was important to show their support for the 2nd Amendment. Most I spoke with were also defenders of the First Amendment, specifically free speech. The walkers were polite to the very few protesters they met along the way. If you view the Kelo-land story linked above there was a very nice lady named Vivian. She spoke with us at the Starbucks and politely let us know why she is against assault weapons.

I was however saddened to find out a group planning on protesting the Open Carry event decided not to come due to comments they received on local blog sites. As a defender of the First Amendment I was hoping that would group would attend. It is important for all voices to be heard. If they had attended the Open Carry group was prepared to be polite and agree to disagree.

A big part of this event was to make people feel comfortable when they see guns openly carried in public. The honks and cheers of support met the group up and down Minnesota Avenue. It felt good to see to many Sioux Falls commuters supporting the constitutional rights of all American citizens. I would also like to thank the thoughtful people who met us along Minnesota Avenue and provided us with water. That was very much appreciated.

Hopefully the South Dakota Open Carry group can get events such as this schedule on a regular basis. Events such as this bring awareness to an important constitutionally protected right while also showing that guns in public are really no big deal. It was also a pleasant walk with very nice people. All around this event could be called a success!

PS: Here are the pics I got from the event. For some reason my phone didn’t save 2/3 of the pictures, so the best shots are gone. That’s what I get for forgetting my real camera!

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