22-year-old Joseph Kelley decided to make a political statement of his own choosing in a Utah J.C. Penney department store. He strode in and did his shopping like anyone else would, except he had an AR-15 assault rifle slung over his shoulder and a Glock handgun in a holster in clear view of anyone and everyone.
For the record, the assault rifle was not loaded (the Glock was) and Kelley was operating within the law. He has a conceal carry permit in the state of Utah and even went the extra step of notifying police of his intentions before he carried through with this demonstration. He was told he was good to go and nothing would happen. And nothing did. Kelley was formerly in the military and wanted to show an example that guns are not necessarily a bad thing if in the hands of good, law-abiding citizens.
So, sometimes it is what it is. No one was harmed and Joseph Kelley got to make his statement to America. It was successful. This photo taken by Cindy Yorgason, a fellow shopper, is big-time viral on social media, and it is inspiring plenty of commentary from both sides of the issue. It’s time for you to weigh in on this one. How does this image make you feel? Do you applaud Kelley for standing up for his beliefs? Or do you think that this is a disturbing thing to see, regardless of whether the person has sinister intentions or not? And with all the discussion going around about mental illness, is the fact that Kelley would even do something so disrupting and disturbing a tipoff that he may have some mental issues in and of itself? You be the judge.