A woman in Rochester, Minnesota, has taken a photo of a concealed carrier and posted it around the neighborhood in an effort to warn others that the law-abiding gun owner is likely carrying a firearm when he drops his two daughters off at Harriet Bishop Elementary School.
In an interview with KAAL-TV, Kimberly Edson explained why she decided to out Matthew Halleck, a former PTSA president and former candidate for the Rochester school board, as one who exercises his Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self-defense outside the home.
“Since we don’t have a way to stop him, we felt it was important to notify the neighborhood and the parents that there is an armed man in their presence,” said Edson.
“The first couple days of school he had it very visible, we saw it and were quite concerned,” she continued. “I have a responsibility to help create the kind of community I want to see, and I don’t want to see a community where there are guns around schools.”
Halleck said he is very careful about keeping the firearm out of plain sight and that he never brings it on school grounds.
Meanwhile, Edson said she will continue her campaign to raise awareness about Halleck.
“He has a 2nd Amendment right to carry the gun, I have my 1st Amendment right to say that I don’t like it,” said Edson.
Halleck is currently contemplating a libel lawsuit against Edson. He also encourages other law-abiding citizens to carry if they so wish.
“If it heightens the awareness for folks out there that are confident enough, and see the changes in the world to add an extra layer of protection, I encourage people to do it,” said Halleck.