OMG OMG! It’s a Gun Shop! Near Another Building! OMG!

Mike Majewski knows a good thing when he sees it. Then again, it doesn’t take Hawking-like analytical skills to look at trends in the firearms business and see that there’s some opportunity there. The public’s appetite for firearms of all kinds seems to be virtually insatiable so Majewski decided to open the eponymously named Woodbridge Firearm Trading Post in, strangely enough, Woodbridge, Connecticut. And then Jane Opper heard about it . . .

As reported by orange.patch.com, “something just didn’t sit right with her.” And it wasn’t just the candied tuna surprise she whipped up for dinner the last night.

“It just seems innappropriate. The teen center is just 100 yards away from it,” she says. “It seems like a completely wrong place for a gun shop.”

“I believe that people should be allowed to have a registered gun, but I don’t like the idea of the shop right close by to the teen center,” Opper, an Orange resident with ties to the Amity Teen Center said.

So she’s going to drag a gaggle of kids from the Amity Teen Center to Monday’s scheduled Plan and Zoning Committee meeting so they can “share their concerns” about the proposed store. Exactly what they’re concerned about is anyone’s guess at this point.

“The commission has to make a finding that’s in the best interest of the public welfare,” (Zoning Enforcement Officer Terry) Gilbertson said. “There are some communities that have stronger feelings about these things than others.”

Gilbertson expects a lively exchange at Monday’s meeting.

Ya don’t say, Terry.

Here’s hoping Majewski has all his proverbial ducks in a row. And brings plenty of supporters along to the meeting to participate in the anticipated “lively exchange.”

38 Responses to OMG OMG! It’s a Gun Shop! Near Another Building! OMG!

  1. avatarSteven Robertson says:

    Teens near a gun store!? That’s almost as bad as the gun shop 3 blocks away from the Chuck-E-Cheeses in my town! But the difference between here and Connecticut is that nobody around here gives a flying fuck!!!!

    Here’s to the hope that the owner of the store stays exactly where he is. Cheers

    • avatarJosh says:

      I’m very sorry that you have to live near a Chuck E Cheese… it must be horrible for you. Those places haven’t been nice since the 80′s.. at least not the ones in my neck of the woods.

      • avatarTTACer says:

        I think willingly going to a Chuck-E-Cheese is one of those things that invalidates stand-your-ground protections, at least in these parts. It’s like going to a Waffle House, you were obviously looking for trouble.

      • avatarJohn Fritz says:

        Just make sure they sell beer at whichever Charles Cheese you’re heading to. Then you’ll be OK.

    • avatarpastubbs says:

      There’s a gun shop in my town that’s in the same lot as a Chuck-E-Cheese, a mall, public library, and 3 banks so I guess no one here gives a flying fuck either. I just wrote a comment but it didn’t show up so excuse me if there’s a double post.

      Chuck-E-Cheeses sucks especially when your forced to go at least once a month. Its all about trading my cash into worthless tickets to trade for worthless crap I could have bought from a dollar store.

  2. avatarRabbi says:

    First, the gun grabbers decide to argue against guns near “children.” As bogus as that is, now, it’s that guns should not be near “teens.” How soon until we hear that “gun shops should not be where there are “adults?”

    • avatarPhilthegardener says:

      Well according to the gun-grabbers, the majority of those killed by guns are adults anyway, so…

      • avatarExNuke says:

        Not really, the Brady Bunch considers anyone under 30 to be an infant in arms. Or at least almost an infant.

  3. avatarStacy says:

    Gotta love the concerned citizens. Concerned about everything except whatever real problems there are.

  4. avatarMoonshine7102 says:

    “I believe that people should be allowed to have a registered gun, but I don’t like the idea of the shop right close by to the teen center,”
    —–
    Self-righteous busybody is self-righteous.

    “It just seems innappropriate. The teen center is just 100 yards away from it,” she says. “It seems like a completely wrong place for a gun shop.”
    —–
    Right. Because we all know that the teenage gangbangers are getting their guns from legitimate gun shops, whose FFLs will wink and nod and look the other way while selling to underage criminals, in spite of federal law to the contrary and the risk to their livelihood such activity presents. Sure. Right.

    Ms. Opper, will you kindly sit the fvck down and shut the fvck up? Thank you.

  5. avatarUtahLibertarian says:

    My 5th- and 6th-grade children go to a charter school right across the street from a knife store, and one building away from a gun store. Every day I’m glad they make it home alive.

    OMGosh, Utahns don’t seem to care.

  6. avatarAharon says:

    Jane Opper needs to get back into the kitchen and not interfere in the adult real world.

  7. avatarDyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    It’s busybodies like this that makes some of us regret the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

    • avatarAharon says:

      That was a dark time: the passing of the 19th, Income Tax Act, creation of the Federal Reserve, and the birth of the USSR. The Founders called for only landowners to vote, no federal/central bank and especially no private banking cartel partnering with the USG, and no income tax. Sounds mostly good to me. If those actions had not taken place I suspect that we would not have a situation where 1 or 2% of the population now owns most of America.

      Bastiat was correct in his warnings about socialist thinking and actions bankrupting and leading to the collapse of a society.

  8. avatarVan says:

    I am glad I live in an area where nobody would care and would welcome a new business.

  9. avatarGS650G says:

    My Lord, the next thing you know they will start actually making guns in Conn.
    Wait a minute……

  10. avatarJohnny says:

    By the outrage, you’d think they were selling guns out of a daycare centre and using the toddlers as employees.

  11. avatarRalph says:

    My suggestion is this. If there weren’t any teens, we’d hardly need any guns. So move the freakin’ teen center — maybe next door to Jane’s chateau — and then the whole neighborhood will be safer. And richer. Business means jobs and taxes, right?

    This is what the same Jane Opper said when she was lobbying for approval of a new Stew Leonard’s store, as reported by the New Haven Register.

    “Everyone should be welcoming Stew,” said Jane Opper, a leader of the pro-Stew Leonard’s group OASIS (Orange Absolutely Supports and Invites Stews). said. “I feel especially in these economic times, we need Stew Leonard’s because of the jobs.”

    http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2008/10/12/news/a1stew.txt?viewmode=default

    So I’m forming a new orgainization known as JOIN — which stands for Jane Opper is Nuts. We’ll meet weekly at Stew Leonard’s.

  12. avatarJosh says:

    The OMG! headlines are getting kind of stale… time to find another snarky go-to for hysterical overreactions…

  13. avatarOODALOOP says:

    So the New England Brewing Company (http://www.newenglandbrewing.com) is also within a block. What about teen access to alcohol? There’s a Safeway within a block too- what about teen access to tobacco *and* alcohol? The Gun Shop’s across the street from a bowling alley. I betcha there might have even been a drug deal there once. Wow, where does it end?

  14. avatarMark N. says:

    I’ve been trying to tell this to people, even quoting the statute, but they would rather listen to some pundit “interpret” the statute as saying things it doesn’t. It is sad that this unfortunate death has become the catalyst for such rank political pandering.

  15. avatarLevi B says:

    I bet there are more injuries at the teen center every year than the average gun shop.

  16. avatarTom P says:

    Woodbridge is the Cadillac Liberal capital of Connecticut. There’s a really good gun store about 2 miles up the road.

  17. avatarSchisms says:

    “I believe that people should be allowed to have a registered gun…”

    Except that Florida has no registration requirement! Jane, you ignorant slut!

  18. avatar2hotel9 says:

    So, her point is that the “teen center” is filled with criminals who will break into the gun store? She really has a low opinion of teenagers in her community.

  19. avatarExNuke says:

    Well Jane, you could always just refuse to do business with the gun shop and wait for them to go out of business for lack of your spending. It worked so well when you and the other 13 or 14 people decided to boycott Starbucks for following the law in the places they do business.

  20. avatarbontai Joe says:

    See what watching too much daytime TV does to the suburbanite’s mind? She thinks that a gun store 100 yards away from a teen center is bad. I haven’t seen a teen ager willing to walk 100 yards for anything besides their &#^@%# cell phone crap.

  21. I don’t think I have ever heard a REASON for the undesirablity of having a gun shop near teens, near a church, near a……whatever you can think of. What is it that is supposed to happen if a gun shop is too close to these places? Ms. Opper might not know it but some teens just might meet some good guys at the gun shop who would take them to the range and teach them safety and marksmanship. Oops, forgot….this would just naturally make them into terrorist snipers. But not until they were old enough to buy their own guns. I remember that I hung around TWO places as a teen: the airport (learned to fly there, it was near all kinds of businesses and schools) and the gun store and range, where I learned to shoot and maintain firearms. I met a lot of WW II veterans and great guys in both places. What’s to keep modern teens from having similar experiences today? Ms Opper needs to reevaluate her thinking on this matter.

    • avatarMark N. says:

      Thinking? I don’t see anything resembling rational thought in her emotional irrational rant.

  22. The contact for the Connecticut 4-H Shooting Sports program is:
    Emily Alger, Middlesex County Extension Center, 1066 Saybrook Road, Box 70,
    Haddam, CT 06438

    Emily.Alger@uconn.edu, (860) 345-4511

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