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VIDEO: Man armed with rifle walks around schools in ‘exercise of his Second Amendment rights’

This Tuesday in Hillsboro Oregon, police received at least a dozen calls about a man carrying a rifle near schools — apparently as an exercise of his Second Amendment rights.

This Tuesday in Hillsboro Oregon, police received at least a dozen calls about a man carrying a rifle near schools — apparently as an exercise of his Second Amendment rights.

It all started just after the lunch hour when the man, who refused to identify himself to police, was seen near Ladd Acres Elementary School and R.A. Brown Middle School. According to police, the man was not committing any crime and was not threatening anyone as he walked along the sidewalk. However, officers did say that it was probably poor timing to be carrying a hunting rifle near schools — exactly one day after a gunman shot and killed 12 people at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard.

After the incident, the district safety director sent out a note to school principals instructing them that if the man appears near their school again, they should “go into immediate lock-out” and “secure all doors exterior doors, bring all students in from outside areas, notify staff and continue instruction.”

Watch a report on the incident from KATU in the video below.

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  1. Jade Kauffman

    September 22, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Even if I agreed that the second amendments says we all have the right to bear arms, and I don’t, that’s excessive. Own your weapon, clean it, load it, put the safety on, talk to others who share your beliefs, but stay away from schools! You don’t have to strut your stuff to a school zone. Go talk to your gun-toting friends. And lest anyone misunderstand, I have a gun. I live alone 25 miles from civilization and I’m disabled. I know how to use it and I know where it is when someone pounds on my door at 1:30 am and then takes off in a joyride around my five acres. He’ll come back.

  2. Bob Cull

    September 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I guess the next time a cop asks me to identify myself I can just tell him to go pound sand! It should be interesting to see if the redneck cops are as understanding when a long haired bearded man tells them to kiss off rather than identify himself. I’m betting that it won’t work out so well for me and I WON’T be carrying a gun to see how many people I can intimidate! it is just another example of the sort of low intellect, knuckle walking neanderthal the TEA Party and NRA attract.

  3. PirateCafe

    September 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Heifer dust! You know what you get when you mix heifer dust with water? That’s right!

    This is more about intimidating others than it is an exercise of ones 2nd Amendment rights.

    Only a fool doesn’t recognize the difference.

  4. PirateCafe

    September 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    This is nothing more than an attempt to intimidate others.

  5. Bonnie S (@Bonnieinchgo)

    September 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    So, we have to lock down, and just hope that he doesn’t decide to start shooting, in protection of his 2nd Amendment “right” to strut around with his gun. At a school. Really? What about MY right to enjoy public spaces without worry of being shot to death? Time to seriously revise gun laws allowing this behavior.

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  7. Tom Rodeheaver

    September 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I wonder if the guy had been black whether the police would have been so understanding of his “rights”. If he had been black, I’m sure he’d be dead or in jail by now.

  8. Rob

    September 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Every time you go out in public, people are”strutting around” with guns. They are just concealed so you don’t think about it. Why don’t you worry about being shot all the time? Because you aren’t logically thinking about things. You’re just reacting with fear to something that you’re not used to. Typical emotional response. Unfounded, sad, and irrational, but typical.

  9. aliencraft

    September 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    This is why GOD invented “disorderly Conduct” laws.

  10. Teabaggers Swallow

    September 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    The ignorant dumb asses from the NRA will give the stock answer that if you are armed no need to worry. This is the mentality of the most ignorant of Americans, drag us back to Wild West days, everyone walk around strapping or carrying your assault weapon and we can start murdering each other if someone looks at you wrong, if you feel threatened. Progress in Twenty First Century America.

  11. Patricia Quick Desmond

    September 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I’m from Oregon and I sure don’t remember having the right to refuse to identify myself under any circumstances. Since when are you allowed to ignore a police officer’s request for your ID when he is investigating concerns of citizens? Something is wrong with this police department, very fishy in my opinion. They know this guy and they are refusing to tell the press. They are protecting him so someone there is friends with him.

  12. Patricia Quick Desmond

    September 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    My thoughts exactly Bob. This is too fishy, these cops know who he is they just want to protect his identity.

  13. Deb Baker

    September 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Can you spell B-U-L-L-Y?

  14. *

    September 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    So the police can tackle and arrest a young woman in her own home for possession of pot in Alaska (where it’s legal), and they can cavity search two young women they pulled over for no apparent reason whatsoever in Texas, but they can’t get the name of this jackass?

  15. Vinozzo

    September 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    agreed…the problem with these idiots is that now the problem is going to be trying to figure out which one IS going to just start shooting. So ludicrous.

  16. Mysti Berry

    September 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Seriously. People weren’t allowed to take their guns into town in the *19th century*. What is this nonsense?

  17. Ben Groseclose

    September 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Everything else aside. That guy is a dick. Was he trying to taunt the cops into arresting him? I suppose anyone who happened to be armed could have shot and killed him, citing that they felt mortally threatened by him and took action to stand their ground. WHAT. A. DICK. MOVE.

  18. Carla Akins (@carlaakins)

    September 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    And when the schools do go on lockdown and prompt an emergency situation, you can bill his ass for the cost.

  19. Fandragon

    September 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    And how exactly are schools supposed to tell that a man “exercising his 2nd Amendment rights” is not in fact “another lunatic about to gun down elementary school students”? Just because something is a right is not a reason to go around terrifying people.

  20. Charles Carney

    September 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I can’t wait for an armed teacher to shoot him.

  21. AQ

    September 22, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    This has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment, and everything to do with a petty and unintelligent bully with a small penis. He’s intimidating people, and he damn well knows it.

  22. Steve Rosenberger

    September 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Parading around schools with your guns on display is as obvious a sign of mental illness as our society should need at this point.

  23. Ruth Larrabee Kevghas

    September 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    So someone just toting a weapon can walk around a school and terrorize people without identifying him or herself to law enforcement? That sounds out of whack- they should at least be able to produce ID and that they are legal owners of the weapon, and in those states with gun registration laws- should have to produce registration!

  24. Susan

    September 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Beyond stupid; you have to have a license to drive a car, should owning a gun be any less? Especially if you are wandering around; and I suppose there would be certain rules, as with a drivers license,: one of them would be not to come near schools,

  25. Charles Thomas

    September 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Yes, actually. If you’re not being detained, you don’t have to cooperate with the police at all. When you’re speaking to the officer, simply ask “Am I being detained?” If the answer is no, let them know you’re exercising the right to be on your way. If it’s a traffic stop, be prepared to deal with the consequences you agreed to when you got your license (suspension, fines, etc.)

  26. smarterboy09

    September 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    That’s exactly right. I guess he feels like a big man now that everyone has to stare at him and he can make everyone uncomfortable. I’d like to remind him that he also has the right to shove that rifle up his ass and pull the trigger — just please not around school.

  27. smarterboy09

    September 22, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Time to take another look at that 2nd amendment since it’s obviously not working in any positive, socially acceptable way —

  28. Omar Spence

    September 23, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Terrorism: THE THREAT or use of violence, often against the civilian population, to achieve political or social ends.
    A gun crazed idiot strutting around proudly displaying an assault rifle, scaring children and their teachers and disrupting routine activities does consist of an act of terror by this definition.

  29. Dale S. Wyatt

    September 23, 2013 at 3:12 am

    They have Drug Free Zones around Schools. Why not Gun Free Zones. This Guy is just trying to get attention and thats all. He apparently has no concept of what is the right thing to do and what is not. We called people like him back in the day,a Stupid Jerk.

  30. Anthony

    September 23, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Excellent Point Bonnie!!!

  31. buricco

    September 23, 2013 at 3:25 am

    There’s a time for everything. That wasn’t it.

  32. Robyn Neaville

    September 23, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Bob, similarly, if it was a person of color?

  33. zoeybrat

    September 23, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Hit him with a taser.

  34. David

    September 23, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Wow US gun laws are……..strange. If he was in my country the Armed Offenders Squad would have be on to him in 15 min.

  35. David

    September 23, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Woops bad edit…”have been on to him” (NZ colloquialism)

  36. Daniel Modell (@dMnyc)

    September 23, 2013 at 5:26 am

    And this asshole is how Nazi-style fascism will come to America.

  37. Ian K

    September 23, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Yep…he is exercising his right to show the world he has a small penis….

  38. Mitchell

    September 23, 2013 at 5:56 am

    This is not how I wanted to get my hometown onto Dead State…

  39. Ian K

    September 23, 2013 at 5:56 am

    I wonder if everyone would have been so calm if the person with the gun was say a 6′ 5″ black man…?,

  40. al

    September 23, 2013 at 6:32 am

    this kind of thing isn’t going to earn any points with citizens, and isn’t going to help promote the image of responsible gun owners.

  41. Vicki Vinson Dalton

    September 23, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Things are going to end badly for this guy… he’s probably the one who will get hurt. It’s against the law to yell “Fire!” in a theatre and this should be against the law, too. This is causing anxiety, scaring children and teachers and costing the taxpayers a fortune. He’s a menace and we will have many more like him around our schools unless we pass gun control laws… period. Gun control/safety laws aren’t for responsible gun owners… they are for fools like this man.

  42. Brian

    September 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Bob Cull, You are an idiot and you are every bit as prejudiced as those you seek to profile. I have long hair and a beard. I am a gun owner and believe in my rights. “Redneck cops”, as you call them, have every bit of understanding as you seem to lack. You profile rural cops, you profile NRA members and you profile people who believe in the tea party’s message as “knuckle walking neanderthals”? In this you show what an idiot you truly are by how low your own intellect is. 1) the expression is “knuckle draggers” 2) Neanderthals did not walk nor drag their knuckles, in fact they were quite sophisticated and intelligent. Especially by comparison to say… you.

    Next time come with an argument instead of prejudice.

  43. Alan Tibbetts

    September 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    This storry sounds a bit off for the following reasons:

    a) an Ar-15 is not a “hunting rifle” by most standards.

    b) there is a federal law baring firearms within 1000 ft of a school except under certain circumstances

    c) I’ve always been told you must identify yourself to a police officer upon request

  44. Jim S

    September 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    In most cases I have ever seen, refusing to identify yourself to police is a reason for arrest! WTF! No wonder we have all of these killings going on with the ‘supposed’ right to walk around armed. Sure, Oregon allows it but just wait, they’ll get their Columbine or Sandy Hook sooner or later and then what will the idiot gun nuts say?

  45. Jacqueline Rusca

    September 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    apparently the only book Warren Drouin ( check his Facebook) has read is Halo

  46. Jesus F. Christ

    September 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Someday, people like this Neanderthal will come face to face with the deep dark reality of exactly how much courage they really possess. The stench of their urine soaked panties will reach Jesus fucking Christ…. There will be no mommy to help them, cry though they will…

  47. Tommy Shreds

    September 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    This asshole did the same thing with a buddy in another part of the metro Portland area following the Sandy Hook shooting. He lives out in rural Oregon, and does this for fun and attention. Let’s hope he doesn’t breed.

  48. Linda

    September 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I am soooo glad I live in Canada. It is absolutely bizarre that someone can walk around a school carrying a weapon AND that he doesn’t have to give his name to police. I feel sorry for your police who must wonder why they ever thought they could serve and protect others and for the children who have already heard of terrible shootings and must now put up with school lockdowns so some idiot can test his rights. Exactly who do you want to protect? Clearly not the children or the general population.

  49. Matt

    September 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    You don’t have the right “to enjoy public spaces without worry of being shot to death”

  50. Ellen Yarbrough

    September 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    THIS IS NOT BEIRUT. I DON’T WANT TO SEE YOUR GUN ON THE STREET. THIS GUY IS A PUBLICITY HOUND AND A DANGER. HE DOESN’T APPEAR STABLE ENOUGH TO OWN SOMETHING SO DANGEROUS.

  51. Lindy Fasteland Bone

    September 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Great. From now on we all have to lock down and hide when someone walks around with a weapon. This is absolute INSANITY. We need to throw out every Republican A-hole in office. And right now. They are truly ruining our country. I’m sorry to have to generalize. But it’s a fact.

  52. Penny Wells

    September 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I live in Oregon and I remember a school shooting in Springfield. Also at the Clackamas Town Center Mall not 15 minutes from where i live. It happened right before Sandy Hook…We have guns here, we hunt a lot. We have a lot of open country for that….We do not walk around with a gun strapped to our backs like this nut…In my mind he has the potential of being one of “those guys” who lose it and then start shooting at people. The fact that he is around a school is proof that he needs attention….Worst case of little man syndrome I have ever seen.

  53. Eli Cabelly

    September 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I don’t want to infringe on anyone’s right to bear arms. I just want to be able to use my own right to not have to bear arms without worrying if some idiot will lose his temper and shoot me.

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  55. Alan Tibbetts

    September 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    It’s called the Gunf-Free School Zone Act of 1990 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun-Free_School_Zones_Act_of_1990

  56. Dave

    September 24, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Brian… everything you said can be applied right back to you.. name-calling and insults are not an argument yet this is what you have presented. Along with a bit of circumstantial BS.

    Please remove the giant timber from your eye before requiring others to deal with the splinter in their own.

    I grew up in a town with redneck’s and redneck cops… not a more corrupt bunch of ignorant low-life’s have I encountered since relocating. In this Bob is entirely correct… the redneck cops your referring too… ROFL!

  57. Debra D

    September 24, 2013 at 6:05 am

    It is intimidation pure and simple. What did this idiot think he was going to gain by this action? With all the mass shootings going on, what are those seeing this supposed to think? We DON’T trust you people who open carry. We don’t trust you NOT to be the sicko who does the next shoot out. And when you open carry like this, you just prove to the rest of us how tiny your little brain is. This wasn’t a man walking along minding his own business with a sidearm strapt to his belt. This was an idiot with a large rifle slung over his back like some crazy person intimidating those around him. If those of you who are crazy over your guns want the rest of us to see your side of things, then don’t use intimidation tactics to do it. We are all a little gun shy with all the mass shootings happening in our country. And walking in front of a school was just beyond the pale lunacy.

  58. jan

    September 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

    NUT should be in jail

  59. Ron Leighton

    September 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    And that’s not a hunting rifle.

  60. Peter Ramsey

    September 24, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    No, because MOST peple are NOT strutting around with guns. Only paranoid freaks imagine things they can’t see — and those are the types that usually think they need a gun to protect them. Sane people react sanely when they see a guy carrying an AR 15 in public — they don’t want the asshole near schools.

  61. Barbara Steele

    September 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    They have had their “Columbine.” Remember Kip Kinklle? Sane and reasonable people are understandably frightened for their children.

  62. Alan Tibbetts

    September 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Matt, you might want to put down the shovel, you’re digging a pretty deep hole.

  63. Alan Tibbetts

    September 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Nailed it!

  64. Juliet

    September 25, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Really? I don’t have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

  65. Jade Kauffman

    September 26, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Argumentum ad hominum is an invalid argument form. When you must limit yourself to attacking the person, you are admitting that you cannot argue the facts because they are just that — facts. I suggest that your venom might find expression on a mountainside where you could just scream and scream until you have it all out of your system. Your invalid argument form with its accusatory tone simply destroys your credibility. Try again and next time, limit yourself to the facts and don’t attack the person.

  66. LSPFB

    October 25, 2013 at 12:50 am

    The idiot better watch where he goes. All someone would have to do is whack him over the back of the head and knock him out to take that gun and be off with it.

  67. Jim S

    October 26, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    You are absolutely correct. People like this guy are nothing less than bullies proving they can intimidate everyone with their outrageous behavior and not have to answer for it.

    You may think you can do anything you want with your guns because of the 2nd amendment yet MY RIGHTS, as outlined in the declaration of independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. ARE INFRINGED UPON BY THREATENING GUN TOTERS. WHICH DOES NOT ALLOW MY HAPPINESS BECAUSE I MUST WALK AROUND IN FEAR OF THESE NUTBAGS!

  68. Jim S

    October 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    The strutting gun toters are paranoid lunatics that think the Federal Government is going to invade their homes and take over everyone so they MUST have guns to protect themselves. This kind of CRAP comes from the likes of the John Birch Society which is now the Tea Party. A bunch of crazy malcontents bent on destroying our country and holding everyone hostage and fear for our lives…..not from the government, but from the gun carrying crazies out there!

  69. Jim S

    October 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    It’s already here. It’s called the Tea Party.

  70. Juliet

    October 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Or even a 5′ 6″ black man.

  71. Lebowski

    February 3, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I think that this man should be shot down by an armed guard of the school, or by the police to show him just how insane it is to “exercise second amendment rights” near a school by brandishing guns. Being a gun bully should get you shot to death.

    That way, anyone who rightly shoots this moron dead can claim “stand your ground”, and eliminate the threat *before* he kills innocent children.
    We need to protect children from assholes like this who want to flout the law.
    Brandishing is a crime in many locales, and the gun psychos in Oregon are pushing their luck. One of these days, one of them is going to be shot dead, and the world will cheer as we piss on his grave.

  72. irishconnell

    February 18, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I think I’d maybe have to have someone like that arrested for violating my civil rights.

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