A Georgia sheriff is defending an unidentified armed man who frightened parents and kids at a children’s baseball game Tuesday when he walked around asking people “See my gun?”
About 22 people called 911 after the man was seen threatening people with a gun and children took cover anticipating a shooting.
"He's just walking around [saying]'See my gun? Look, I got a gun and there's nothing you can do about it.' He knew he was frightening people. He knew exactly what he was doing," mom Karen Rabb told WSB-TV. “He scared people to the point where we stopped the game, took the kids out of the dugout and behind the dugout, and kind of hunkered down."
She said the man’s actions made a strong impression on her 6-year-old son.
"When I was reading my son's story last night, he turned to me and said 'Mommy, did that man want to kill me?'" she added.
Forsyth County's Sheriff Duane Pipe told WSB-TV that the man was behaving strangely but defended his Second Amendment right to carry a gun into a public park. Police said they were unable to remove the man from the park because he had a concealed-carry permit.
"We support the constitutional right to bear arms. We will not tolerate bad behavior," Piper said.
“A park is one of those places where you can openly carry a weapon if you do have a permit,” Deputy Doug Rainwater told North Fulton. “A lot of parents with their kids at Fowler Park don’t understand that in Georgia you do have that right.”
"Why would anyone be walking around a public park, with a lot of children and parents and people here playing baseball, and he's walking around with a gun?” asked parent Paris Horton. “I don't think the parents would have been nervous had he just had the gun in his holster and was just watching the game.”
Jerry Henry, the director of Georgia Carry, a pro-gun lobbying organization, also questioned what the man was attempting to do.
"There's a right and a wrong way to exercise your right. This is not the right way," said Henry.
Rabb says she’s pro-Second Amendment but her son’s baseball game isn’t the place to demonstrate.
"I own a gun,” Rabb said. “I have no problems with the Second Amendment. But they do not belong in a parking lot where we have children everywhere. If you want to make a statement, go to the Capitol.”