What Happens When a White Man Parades Around Outside a School in a Bullet-Proof Vest With an AK-47?

A: Nothing
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With all of the police shootings of unarmed black people in the news lately, it’s interesting to note what happens when a white man shows up outside a high school dressed in a bullet-proof vest, with an AK-47 and a full clip of ammunition.

Nothing, that’s what happens.

And Leonard Embody says if you think there’s something wrong with what he’s doing, you need psychological help.

Witnesses say Embody was pacing Hillsboro Road, dressed much like a soldier, and it had a lot of people nervous. So nervous that 911 dispatchers had their hands full.

[…]

When Channel 4 met up with Embody on Thursday, he offered no apologies and even called Wednesday’s demonstration a success.

“A school is a prime place to be able to hand out my leaflets and educate children that guns aren’t dangerous as people think they are. Certainly a man carrying a gun doesn’t mean they’re going to get shot,” he said.

[…]

Embody said he’ll continue making the rounds, defending the Second Amendment, no matter who it offends.

“I don’t think I look terrifying. Other people may think I look terrifying, but that’s in their own minds and that’s something they should deal with … with maybe a psychologist,” Embody said.

Metro school officials said their resource officers were aware of Embody’s demonstration, and had he set foot on campus, they would have arrested him.

Outside that, what he was doing is perfectly legal because of Tennessee’s open carry law, meaning there’s nothing that prohibits people from carrying a gun out in the open.

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1 Eventual Carrion  Sep 28, 2014 10:20:54am

Shouldn’t be terrified. Look at the history of the good things that have come when an armed white person enters a school. Fucking idiot.

2 Snarknado!  Sep 28, 2014 10:21:00am

I’m sure someday someone is going to decide that one of those open carry nuts is a threat and open fire. Even if he is white. We’ll see how dedicated they are to their cause when it suddenly stops being perfectly safe.

3 Ryan King  Sep 28, 2014 10:22:01am

This is insanity.

4 Dr. Matt  Sep 28, 2014 10:22:23am

Gun fetishists are a sick and perverse cult. Unfortunately, common sense will never trump their right to look like an asshole with a rifle.

5 Snarknado!  Sep 28, 2014 10:22:56am

re: #1 Eventual Carrion

Shouldn’t be terrified. Look at the history of the good things that have come when an armed white person enters a school. Fucking idiot.

“I saw a man with a gun approaching an elementary school. What was I supposed to think?” (Boom.)

6 b.d.  Sep 28, 2014 10:24:08am

re: #5 Snarknado!

“I saw a man with a gunvapproaching an elementary school. What was I supposed to think?”

HE LOOKED MUSLIM TO ME!

7 stpaulbear  Sep 28, 2014 10:26:45am

For me, it’s the bullet proof vest that makes everything that comes out of his mouth completely hypocritical and identifies him as a total asshole.
We’re not supposed to be afraid of him but he’s so gutless about what might happen to him that he has to put on that fucking vest. Someone should have just punched him in the face.

8 Eventual Carrion  Sep 28, 2014 10:26:56am

re: #6 b.d.

HE LOOKED MUSLIM TO ME!

Looked like the duck dynasty crew coming up the drive.

9 Lumberhead  Sep 28, 2014 10:27:36am

Compare this:

“A school is a prime place to be able to hand out my leaflets and educate children that guns aren’t dangerous as people think they are. Certainly a man carrying a gun doesn’t mean they’re going to get shot,” he said.

With this:

Many conservatives enraged over Obama school speech

10 Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 28, 2014 10:28:42am

If this had been a black man he’d either be dead or in jail right now.

11 lostlakehiker  Sep 28, 2014 10:29:15am

He didn’t enter the school or go on its grounds. He didn’t break any laws. Nobody was hurt, nobody was threatened.

So?

He’s the one who needs, not psychological help, but a dressing down. He’s contributing to the pool of false positives. This muddies the waters. Muddy waters lead to mistakes and mistakes lead to deaths.

12 Charles Johnson  Sep 28, 2014 10:29:22am

National Review writer Kevin D. Williamson says women who get abortions should be hanged.

13 Charles Johnson  Sep 28, 2014 10:30:40am

re: #10 Eclectic Cyborg

If this had been a black man he’d either be dead or in jail right now.

And that, of course, is my point.

14 lawhawk  Sep 28, 2014 10:33:48am

Unarmed black guy walks in the street. Is shot and killed by cop.

White guy who’s not only heavily armed, but wearing a bullet-proof vest is seen by a school, and no one bats an eye?

Let me get this straight. How many mass murders in schools have been by white guys wearing body armor or carrying semi-auto rifles?

Columbine.
Sandy Hook.

Or going to a movie theater to watch a movie.

And yet if you think that this heavily armed nitwit is a threat, you’re the one who has problems?

Facts and logic are what’s wrong here. The facts and logic suggests that if someone is heavily armed and near a school, that they may be up to no good. And there’s usually a body count associated with it. The history of mass shootings is predominantly white, heavily armed, and often wearing body armor of some form.

Open carry runs headlong into common sense - and that’s not even beginning to touch on the insanity that is SYG. Combine the two, and you’ve just recreated the Wild West where anything goes and you take your life into your own hands just by walking down the street or going into a store or a restaurant or minding your own business.

15 Lidane  Sep 28, 2014 10:35:29am

re: #12 Charles Johnson

But I bet he drinks lattes and reads the New York Times, so it’s all okay.

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16 Charles Johnson  Sep 28, 2014 10:36:27am
17 Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 28, 2014 10:37:54am

re: #12 Charles Johnson

National Review writer Kevin D. Williamson says women who get abortions should be hanged.

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Yeah that’s totally pro life now, isn’t it?

*spit*

18 Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 28, 2014 10:38:32am

re: #15 Lidane

But I bet he drinks lattes and reads the New York Times, so it’s all okay.

/////

He has feelings too!

19 thatthatisis  Sep 28, 2014 10:39:29am

Apparently according to Kevin Williams, his interpretation of the law is more important than the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the law. Typical conservative.

20 Charles Johnson  Sep 28, 2014 10:39:55am
21 Ryan King  Sep 28, 2014 10:39:56am

So women who have abortions should be imprisoned on death row for 14 years pending appeal then have botched lethal injections?

Seems legit.

22 Feline Overlord  Sep 28, 2014 10:41:35am

re: #21 Ryan King

So women who have abortions should be imprisoned on death row for 14 years pending appeal then have botched lethal injections?

Seems legit.

I’m pretty sure they would ditch the appeals process and go directly to hanging right after the trial has ended.

23 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 28, 2014 10:42:06am

Lucky for him that he wasn’t a black man in Walmart in another open carry state like Ohio…

24 GlutenFreeJesus  Sep 28, 2014 10:43:54am

Thing is. School shootings are overwhelmingly perpetrated by white people.

25 Charles Johnson  Sep 28, 2014 10:45:40am
26 lawhawk  Sep 28, 2014 10:48:32am

re: #25 Charles Johnson

NRO Online as a forum is a metaphysical dodge for being openly rabid racist, misogynist, and xenophobic.

But hey, I’m just exploring different views.

27 Charles Johnson  Sep 28, 2014 10:48:33am
28 Eventual Carrion  Sep 28, 2014 10:49:38am

re: #24 GlutenFreeJesus

Thing is. School shootings are overwhelmingly perpetrated by white people.

Mass murder of pretty much any type by a single person seems that way. Sure you have dictators that mass murder using an army or militia around the world, but a single person killing many people seems to be a predominantly white thing in the US.

29 Charles Johnson  Sep 28, 2014 10:49:55am
30 Dave In Austin  Sep 28, 2014 10:54:38am
31 Decatur Deb  Sep 28, 2014 10:54:51am

Why didn’t the school go into lock-down till this dimwit was sorted out?

32 Ryan King  Sep 28, 2014 10:56:08am

NRO = Mainstream Taliban Monthly

33 thedopefishlives  Sep 28, 2014 11:00:31am

You know who needs psychological help? The guy who walks around in body armor with an AK in front of a school AND THINKS THAT’S OKAY.

Afternoon Lizardim.

34 Pie-onist Overlord  Sep 28, 2014 11:03:50am

re: #27 Charles Johnson

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But then he attempts to misdirect by claiming that Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Democrats want to “Kill The Poors”

35 ObserverArt  Sep 28, 2014 11:07:48am

re: #13 Charles Johnson

And that, of course, is my point.

Ah yup! And it is a big point to make.

36 Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 28, 2014 11:12:01am

re: #32 Ryan King

NRO = Mainstream Taliban Monthly

National Religious Order

37 Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 28, 2014 11:13:13am

re: #34 Pie-onist Overlord

But then he attempts to misdirect by claiming that Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Democrats want to “Kill The Poors”

Not going click that trash, but let me guess and say it’s another of those “Democrats are hurting the poors by making sure they’re dependent on welfare for life” arguments?

38 Ryan King  Sep 28, 2014 11:14:32am

Normalized Racists Online

39 Pie-onist Overlord  Sep 28, 2014 11:14:50am

re: #37 Eclectic Cyborg

Not going click that trash, but let me guess and say it’s another of those “Democrats are hurting the poors by making sure they’re dependent on welfare for life” arguments?

I used DoNotLink

40 Pie-onist Overlord  Sep 28, 2014 11:15:43am

re: #37 Eclectic Cyborg

Not going click that trash, but let me guess and say it’s another of those “Democrats are hurting the poors by making sure they’re dependent on welfare for life” arguments?

He’s saying DEMOCRATS WANTS TO KILL TEH POORS BY MAKING TEH ABORSHUNS EASY FOR TEH POOR WOMENS!!!!1!!!!!

41 Rev_Arthur_Belling  Sep 28, 2014 11:19:35am

re: #12 Charles Johnson

National Review writer Kevin D. Williamson says women who get abortions should be hanged.

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I have a former girlfriend who had an abortion of a child of mine because it wasn’t viable. She wouldn’t have survived if the operation wasn’t performed.

I will respectfully tell Kevin Williamson to go fuck himself.

42 Amory Blaine  Sep 28, 2014 11:20:02am

Conservatives cannot be reasoned with.

43 Rev_Arthur_Belling  Sep 28, 2014 11:22:27am

re: #42 Amory Blaine

Conservatives cannot be reasoned with.

I have come to the conclusion that conservatism is just one big trolling operation.

44 PhillyPretzel  Sep 28, 2014 11:24:15am

re: #43 Rev_Arthur_Belling

Troll? Did someone say troll? ::: dragging out the Weber grill :::

45 WhatEVs  Sep 28, 2014 11:28:09am

re: #43 Rev_Arthur_Belling

I have come to the conclusion that conservatism is just one big trolling operation.

Except when given power, they enact laws to imprison women. Is Capitol Punishment that far off?

46 Ryan King  Sep 28, 2014 11:32:25am

re: #44 PhillyPretzel

Troll? Did someone say troll? ::: dragging out the Weber grill :::

I got da sauce and beerz!

47 wrenchwench  Sep 28, 2014 11:35:01am
48 Shiplord Kirel  Sep 28, 2014 11:42:23am

The guy with the rifle might be a highly trained and proficient combat marksman or he might be a drooling psychopath who has never touched a rifle before he picked up this one up yesterday. There is no way to tell, since literally anyone can do this.
Open carry is a relic from the nineteenth century, when people moved around on foot or horseback and their guns, if they had them, were necessarily in the open. It still has some relevance in rural areas, for instance, if I am out looking for feral hogs and have to cross a public road with my rifle.
These idiotic demonstrations by urban nutburgers and conspiracy dupes only hasten the day when governments will prohibit the practice entirely.
In particular it is only a matter of time before some pumped-up cop, panicked home-owner, or fellow gun humper loses it and kills one of these fools. Since their rifles are always slung during these demonstrations, the nuts are in a poor position to defend themselves if they do happen to set someone off.

49 wrenchwench  Sep 28, 2014 11:51:30am
50 stpaulbear  Sep 28, 2014 11:53:14am

re: #48 Shiplord Kirel

I agree with your entire statement except for the word ‘urban’. I think that most of these gun fetishists are suburban and ex-urban. Seems like the places that you see them out in public aren’t really urban (other than the ‘grassy knoll’ event in Dallas). They live in the conservative, white-flight donuts that surround cities where most of the bat-shit insane legislators come from.

51 TedStriker  Sep 28, 2014 11:56:43am

Point of clarification, Charles: that rifle, unless it’s heavily modified, appears to be an AR-pattern rifle, not an AK. Six of one, half a dozen of another, but there it is.

52 Seth Owen  Sep 28, 2014 11:57:01am

“Outside that, what he was doing is perfectly legal because of Tennessee’s open carry law, meaning there’s nothing that prohibits (White) people from carrying a gun out in the open.”

Edited for accuracy.

53 wrenchwench  Sep 28, 2014 11:57:49am

re: #52 Seth Owen

Welcome, hatchling.

54 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Sep 28, 2014 11:58:47am

re: #2 Snarknado!

I’m sure someday someone is going to decide that one of those open carry nuts is a threat and open fire. Even if he is white. We’ll see how dedicated they are to their cause when it suddenly stops being perfectly safe.

Then there will the crowds of white people calling for the officer’s blood…

55 Shiplord Kirel  Sep 28, 2014 12:01:22pm

re: #50 stpaulbear

I agree with your entire statement except for the word ‘urban’. I think that most of these gun fetishists are suburban and ex-urban. Seems like the places that you see them out in public aren’t really urban (other than the ‘grassy knoll’ event in Dallas). They live in the conservative, white-flight donuts that surround cities where most of the bat-shit insane legislators come from.

That’s a good point and I thought about mentioning it since most of these characters seem to be fringe dwellers of one kind or another. Even so, the suburban environments; shopping malls, big box stores, and now schools; where we see these clowns are basically urban in character compared to the unambiguously rural areas where I believe open carry is still justifiable and non-threatening. Walking down a country road with their slung rifles just wouldn’t make their point for them, since nobody except possibly the game warden would pay any attention.

56 TedStriker  Sep 28, 2014 12:05:02pm

re: #1 Eventual Carrion

Shouldn’t be terrified. Look at the history of the good things that have come when an armed white person enters a school. Fucking idiot.

re: #2 Snarknado!

I’m sure someday someone is going to decide that one of those open carry nuts is a threat and open fire. Even if he is white. We’ll see how dedicated they are to their cause when it suddenly stops being perfectly safe.

re: #7 stpaulbear

For me, it’s the bullet proof vest that makes everything that comes out of his mouth completely hypocritical and identifies him as a total asshole.
We’re not supposed to be afraid of him but he’s so gutless about what might happen to him that he has to put on that fucking vest. Someone should have just punched him in the face.

re: #10 Eclectic Cyborg

If this had been a black man he’d either be dead or in jail right now.

re: #13 Charles Johnson

And that, of course, is my point.

re: #48 Shiplord Kirel

The guy with the rifle might be a highly trained and proficient combat marksman or he might be a drooling psychopath who has never touched a rifle before he picked up this one up yesterday. There is no way to tell, since literally anyone can do this.
Open carry is a relic from the nineteenth century, when people moved around on foot or horseback and their guns, if they had them, were necessarily in the open. It still has some relevance in rural areas, for instance, if I am out looking for feral hogs and have to cross a public road with my rifle.
These idiotic demonstrations by urban nutburgers and conspiracy dupes only hasten the day when governments will prohibit the practice entirely.
In particular it is only a matter of time before some pumped-up cop, panicked home-owner, or fellow gun humper loses it and kills one of these fools. Since their rifles are always slung during these demonstrations, the nuts are in a poor position to defend themselves if they do happen to set someone off.

As a Nashvillian, this embarrasses the hell out of me, but it also shows that this moron was extremely selective in choosing his “target” to “protest” at.

Hillsboro High School is smack dab in the middle of Green Hills, one of the toniest and richest parts of town, a part of town that is overwhelmingly white, IIRC. If he had tried his “protest” at , say, Stratford High (which is in my neighborhood and my alma mater) or Maplewood High (which is also not too far from me and is a traditional rival to Stratford), schools that are majority black AFAIK, Metro would have been scraping his ass off of the curb after the schools’ SROs (School Resource Officers, i.e. cops) blew some holes in him.

57 Tomm JOnzz  Sep 28, 2014 4:42:11pm
“Other people may think I look terrifying, but that’s in their own minds and that’s something they should deal with”

isn’t that the rationale behind “Stand Your Ground”?

58 S.D.  Sep 29, 2014 3:45:20am

IMO, the parents should sue him.

His need to get off in public and scare the crap out of people has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment.

59 Jay in Oregon  Sep 29, 2014 6:04:09am

Ask people in Aurora, Colorado if they’re sick in the head if they get upset when they see a white asshole with an assault rifle and bulletproof vest walking around.

Go ahead, I dare you.

60 abusinan  Sep 29, 2014 9:41:23am

Where did the “AK-47” come from? Neither the picture of the LGF page nor the newspaper link are AK-47s.

Having said that, I think we all know what would have happened had this man been anything other than lily-white.

61 Ace-o-aces  Sep 29, 2014 10:28:18am

Hey, I know this is a bit late, but I’d like to point out that Embody is such an asshole, he has actually been banned from a PRO-gun website.

thetruthaboutguns.com

62 Charles Johnson  Sep 29, 2014 11:29:36am

re: #60 abusinan

Where did the “AK-47” come from? Neither the picture of the LGF page nor the newspaper link are AK-47s.

Having said that, I think we all know what would have happened had this man been anything other than lily-white.

I beg to differ - that’s definitely an AK-47 style assault rifle. Here’s a similar one without a scope:


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