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Woman Calls Police Over Man Wearing Pro-Gun T-Shirt At Park

A woman called the police to complain about a man's pro-gun t-shirt.

Benbrook, TX – A Texas father’s afternoon visit to a local park prompted a police response, after a woman alleged that the man’s pro-gun Warrior 12 shirt was making other parents uncomfortable, police said.

Troy Johnston and his two daughters, ages four and six, stopped at Castle Park on March 30, so the children could enjoy the park’s swings and maze, he told Blue Lives Matter.

Johnston said he was openly carrying his handgun in a holster on his hip, and was also sporting a Warrior 12 shirt emblazoned with the words, “I’LL CONTROL MY GUNS, YOU CONTROL YOUR KIDS” across the back.

The shirt also featured an image of an AR-15 rifle.

“I figured I might get some comments or looks,” Johnston said. “[But] I was legally exercising my First and Second Amendment rights.”

Approximately 30 minutes after the kids began playing, a man approached him with his wife and daughter in tow, Johnston said.

He said the man told him that a woman was “fuming” over the message on Johnston’s shirt, as well as the fact that he was armed.

“I thanked him for letting me know, and continued playing with my kids,” Johnson said.

A short while later, another man and his family approached Johnston, and asked to read his shirt, he said.

Johnston showed him his shirt, at which point the man warned him that his father-in-law had just been harassed by woman in the parking lot, and that she was contacting police regarding Johnson’s attire.

The man told Johnston that he didn’t know “what was wrong with her,” and that he actually “felt more secure knowing there was someone there that would protect them,” Johnston said.

Although he had intended to leave prior to his conversation with the second man, Johnston said he opted to wait for police once he became aware that they had likely been called to the area.

According Benbrook Police Department (BPD) Corporal J. Reese, a woman contacted the department at approximately 3:21 p.m., and reported a “suspicious person” with a “gun holstered to his chest,” was wearing a shirt that read “You control your kids, I’ll control my guns.”

Cpl. Reese arrived at the scene, where he made contact with the woman.

She claimed that Johnston “was making other parents on the playground very uncomfortable with his t-shirt,” the corporal wrote in his report of the incident. “The subject did not act threatening to anyone, nor did he threaten anyone.”

The woman told police she was not worried about the gun – which officers noted was located on Johnston’s hip, consistent with the information he provided to Blue Lives Matter.

“She was not scared of the gun,” Cpl. Reese said. “[She] was concerned about his t-shirt.”

Johnston “voluntarily identified himself” to police as he sat in his vehicle, the corporal noted.

“I offered my LTC to the cops. They didn’t ask,” Johnston told Blue Lives Matter.

Cpl. Reese described Johnston as “polite,” and said he confirmed the woman’s account of what had occurred.

“Johnston advised he knew the police had been called, and was waiting to speak with officers,” the report read. “He was simply at the park playing with his two daughters.”

Johnston said that, as he spoke with police, the woman looked on from 25 or 30 feet away.

He said she began cautioning everyone who walked near her to avoid the park, because “there’s a man with a gun.”

“She was highly ticked off,” Johnston said.

The irate woman never spoke to him directly, he added.

“Everyone else at the park seemed perfectly fine with it,” he told Blue Lives Matter.

Having done nothing wrong, Johnston was allowed to leave the area, police said.

“I cannot believe how the media has convinced so many people that guns are scary,” he said. “This lady was having a literal panic attack.”

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Despite the controversy, Johnston said he had no intention to quit wearing his Warrior 12 shirt.

“I love my shirt,” he said. “I’ll probably order more just so I can wear them every day I’m off of work.”

Shame he didn't get this woman's name! Then she would have had something to really worry about. Every criminal would know she was unarmed and ready to be robbed.

They are streaming across our southern border right now and liberals like YOU are wanting it! We just had to take a 11 year old girl to the hospital because an illegal from sh*th0le Guatemala thought he should RAPE her repeatedly over several days. The ER doc had to place a Cath directly into her bladder because she was so torn apart. But that was just another little White girl so what does it matter right?

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As a retired police officer and a supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I wonder what Mr. Johnston was thinking. Let’s strap on the gun and wear a T shirt talking about controlling kids… and then let’s go take our children to the playground. Really?

When I walk my Rottweiler, I have every right to walk him where I want in public. I also understand that a lot of people have an unreasonable fear of large dogs… so I will generally take the high road and cross the street to make others feel more comfortable. At the same time, other people enjoy the encounter and think nothing of it. The point is I avoid places that might make others uncomfortable and maybe even result in other problems as a result. Forcing my dog on others will not make them feel better about big dogs.

There are unwritten rules of courtesy and common sense that say play grounds may not be the place for exposed firearms. Let’s be honest. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. I suspect that Mr. Johnston was either doing his own personal pro 2nd Amendment protest or he is just a goofball who like being the big man with a gun. There are people out there like that. The problem is, no one knows what’s in Mr. Johnston’s mind nor if he has questionable intentions. So, it is predictable that someone is going to get nervous when he shows up to a playground with his T shirt and gun.

We also live in a world were a lot of recent catastrophes could have been avoided if someone had called the police when they saw something they thought was odd. As it turned out in this story, someone did just that and it turned out to be unfounded. Everything worked like it should have. If the woman’s call to police was spawned by his T shirt alone, then that’s dumb. But I suspect it was the totality of the situation that motivated her.

Personally, I would not classify Mr. Johnston as a responsible gun owner, and the woman who called police should have gathered her children and left the minute she felt “uncomfortable”. Like most problems, two bone heads collided and the police got involved.

I have to question your comment and support of the Second Amendment when you compare a firearm to a rottweiler. There are distinct differences. For example, a Rottweiler is a living creature, capable of breaking its leash and on its own power running around to attack random children. Dogs are often unpredictable, especially around unfamiliar people and children, and must be watched constantly because what they think is playing can quickly turn into physical harm for small people vs a large, powerful dog.

A gun doesn't need a leash. It doesn't get scared. It doesn't want to play with children. It doesn't make poor choices based on feral instincts and it certainly cannot behave unpredictably when properly cared for. A gun is an object. A gun is a tool. The comparison is void, save for the fact that most people who are irrationally afraid of dogs are usually that way because they are taught to be by their parent's own irrational fear of dogs.

And if you think that a playground, which is a place filled with the most vulnerable people in this nation, is not a good place to have a tool for defense? I again question your way of thinking. I can promise you, while that man was at the park, the chances of any child being kidnapped or killed dropped from very low to exactly zero.

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All that this article did was that I ordered that shirt! I live in Central Florida and THOUGHT that this state was Second Amendment friendly. I didn't expect our Governor to fold like a wet dishrag. Here they are allowing high school children to dictate Constitutional law? Just last week, they were daring each other to eat laundry detergent! I only wish that we had Open Carry passed here. I feel bad for the victims in South Florida at that high school, but this shirt speaks the truth. I will secure and control my firearms and parents need to raise their children and put an end to this Millenial BS.
This woman in the Texas park is absolutely ridiculous and she needs to be prosecuted for making false calls to the police. What if the responding officer were needed for a real call?

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Don't forget she clearly stated to the police that she was not scared because he was open carrying it was his shirt. Yes, the dreaded shirt that has killed millions all over the world FFS it is just a damn shirt. People need to grow the hell up, I am allowed to express ideas that you don't like, it is called freedom of speech, you know the pesky amendment right in front of the one that says I have the write to own weapons.

Paul Hammond, bless your heart.

I'm not responsible for other people's actions. I am only responsible for my own.
If you want to go out of your way to make people more comfortable by limiting your own freedoms, that's your choice; it is not required. I suspect the real reason you hide your pup is to stay away from the wackos who tell you Rots are evil and vicious and you shouldn't have him/her.

There is obviously something wrong in the mind set of any one who sports a shirt comparing guns to children.

Problem I see here is in what the shirt plays around at saying. As in "If you won't control your kids I won't control my gun". I mean how does what's on that shirt make any damned sense?

Yes, I own AR-15's (more than one, different tools for different uses), carry both concealed and openly depending on the circumstance, licensed to carry, all that. The shirt-gun-guy was entirely with-in his rights, no doubt of it. The lady was a phobia ridden snowflake, well drat but that does happen and it isn't illegal either.

It's not a false report, it's a silly citizen moment. Cops get to deal with those, part of the deal of being a cop.

But I just do not get the words on that shirt.

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