Distortions, exaggerations, and lies–it’s what they do

Paul Helmke is at it again with Open Carry Equals Open Season?



From sunrise to sunset. In cities, suburbs, and rural areas. In climates both hot and cold. Every day, somewhere in America, people disagree over the littlest things. One person mistakes another person’s expression or gesture for an insult. And if one of those persons has a gun, then that littlest thing might lead to that gun being used.


What is it about open carry that differs from discreet carry that Helmke thinks will result in a little disagreement escalating into lethal force being used? We have millions and millions of people legally carrying guns, knives, Tasers, and pepper spray. Yet the occurrences of those being illegally used is quite rare. So why the hang up with open carry? Why should he believe a openly carried gun will be more likely to be used illegally than a discreetly carried gun?


It’s simple. It’s not about crime prevention. Open carry, over time, will desensitize the general population to the presence of ordinary people carrying defensive tools. Helmke and his organization rely on irrational fear to push their agenda. The more accepted it is for people to carry firearms in public the less able they are to accomplish their goals. It’s no different than mixed race or homosexual couples holding hands or kissing in public. Some people find it extremely disturbing and get all bent out of shape about it. It’s a specific enumerated right to freedom of association and it’s a specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms.


Helmke is a closed minded bigot and cannot let go of his prejudices even when he is staring at the face of factual data, and constitutional and common law going back hundreds of years.



In the foreground are Countertop, Paul Helmke, and Say Uncle. See also Alan Gura v. Paul Helmke.

9 thoughts on “Distortions, exaggerations, and lies–it’s what they do

  1. As has been mentioned many times before, the anti-firearms folks are engaging in what can be termed “projection”. Many of them express extremely violent tendencies, and they choose to project onto other people (most particularly those carrying firearms) their own complete lack of self-control and impulse control.

    Many hoplophobes have actually stated their fear of their lack of self-control over these inanimate objects by saying things like, “I’d never own a gun, I’m afraid I’d get angry and shoot someone with it.” And they’re probably right…I wouldn’t want somebody with the impulse control of a 3-year-old to carry a firearm either.

    Unfortunately, they strongly want to prevent OTHERS, who ARE self-restrained capable adults, from exercising their rights to self-defense.

  2. You know what I really think is the issue?

    People like Helmke…the people who have trouble controlling their emotions and anger…are used to being able to treat people any way they want without any fear. They can scream, yell, threaten, rant and rave all they want with someone who is not visibly armed. It gives them a sense of power that is their psychological defense mechanism against their feelings of inadequacy and inferiority.

    It doesn’t matter if the targets of their childish self-gratifying rants are carrying concealed. They know deep down that they have nothing to fear from law abiding gun owners…but being that they are purely emotional creatures, if they can see the gun, it intimidates them, takes away their feelings of power and reinforces their psychological shortcomings.

    That’s why they don’t want people open carrying. It’s not really because they think that gun carriers will do anything. History has proven that that’s a non-issue. Their opposition to open carry is nothing more than a desperate attempt to maintain their ability to delude themselves into imagining they have some sort of power over their fellow citizens.

  3. Was CCW allowed at this event? If so then I’d bet that a ton of people around ol’ Paulie have guns on them. As they say; out of sight, out of mind. Open carry goes against that saying, thus making Paulie poop his pants. That and he collects a paycheck by ranting against guns.

    I wonder what his personal views on guns are. He’s probably not a fan, but do you think he buys his own BS? He’s probably a smart guy, which makes me wonder if he really does.

  4. couldn’t the situation he described have the roles reversed to show a need for cc? “Every day, somewhere in America, people disagree over the littlest things. One person mistakes another person’s expression or gesture for an insult. And if one of those persons has a gun…….” Little thing like a man minding his own business and being assaulted by someone who perceives him as having insulted them, or a guy/group decides it would be fun to pass the time by harassing/threatening him; now imagine the man defending himself is elderly or disabled a gun is the equalizer….

  5. It’s also Paul’s job. What’s Paul going to do when the Brady’s fold up their tent and get chucked into the dust bin of history? It’s not like he has any valuable, marketable skills, really. At this point he’s merely fighting for his own eonomic survival, the pathetic little toad that he is.

  6. It’s also Paul’s job. What’s Paul going to do when the Brady’s fold up their tent and get chucked into the dust bin of history? It’s not like he has any valuable, marketable skills, really. At this point he’s merely fighting for his own eonomic survival, the pathetic little toad that he is.

  7. Greg in Allston,

    Bingo. I totally agree with you. Some of the bigots have found the ONLY way they can put food on their table is to preach their lies and please the group pulling the strings. The “O” fits this scenario as well.

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