It’s a Saturday afternoon in Connecticut and you’re out running errands when you decide to pop into the bank. You walk in and notice that there’s a guy with a gun hanging around the place. Being in Connecticut, you’ve been conditioned to see “gun” and think “criminal,” so you decide to tip off the teller to what you think is an imminent robbery attempt. Now, there’s a right way and a wrong way to let the teller know. It seems safe to say that handing the person behind the counter a piece of paper where the only word on it is “GUN” constitutes the wrong way . . .
The holder of the gun had no ill intent and was legally permitted to carry it, and Robert Gursky, 50, was arrested after alarming the staff of the town’s TD Bank branch, police said.
“He (Gursky) was trying to relay to the teller (that) someone had a gun,” Glastonbury Police Agent Kevin Szydlo said, which included writing a note to a teller with the word gun.
The teller and other bank staff became alarmed and activated the bank’s robbery protocol. Police arrived, tracked down and interviewed Gursky and arrested him, the Hartford Courant reported Tuesday.
I’m not opposed to open carry, I just don’t personally see the need for it. And I don’t want to run the risk of having those who can’t disassociate guns and criminals from calling the cops on me. I prefer to avoid all unnecessary contact with the police and carrying concealed allows me to defend myself while keeping a nice, low profile.
The reason I like this story isn’t because someone got arrested, but because the article was written in a dispassionate just-the-facts-ma’am manner. Instead of sensationalizing it like, oh, CNN would have done, they simply stated the facts of the case. And for that, we salute you.