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Monday, June 15, 2015

Watch This Guy Confront Gun-Rights Advocates at St. Louis Zoo

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 6:00 AM

A YouTube user accuses this man on camera of living in a "Rambo fantasy world." - IMAGE VIA
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  • A YouTube user accuses this man on camera of living in a "Rambo fantasy world."

Gun-rights advocate Jeffry Smith of Ohio did not, in the end, make good on his plan to walk through the St. Louis Zoo on Saturday with a .45 caliber handgun to challenge its firearms ban.

But Smith and some like-minded allies did show up at the zoo, and ideological sparks did fly -- out on the sidewalk! We know this because a man named Rich Johnson confronted them, recorded the encounter and posted it to YouTube.

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The video is long and not easy to watch because Johnson appears to be physically shaking at first -- thanks to "a lot of coffee," he says in the clip.

But it's a tense exchange. It starts with Johnson calling one of the advocates a "pussy" and asking: "What are you gonna do with the gun, man?"

Advocate: "Be an American!"

Johnson: "You wanna shoot somebody?"

Advoate: "I don't. But if someone wants to threaten my life, then I will take their life."

Johnson tells the advocate to stop living "in the Rambo fantasy world."

The pair then has the following exchange:

Advocate: "You don't get to tell me that I can't carry my guns."

Johnson: "No, but I'm goin' to be up your ass every time y'all go somewhere."

See the whole thing below:

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