Great yard sign for anti-gun neighbors...

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Melvin Udall
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Great yard sign for anti-gun neighbors...

I hope this isn't a repeat of someone else's prior post.

I got it with this text:

Ralph, My neighbor is a "lefty" of sorts (Obama bumper stickers, gung-ho socialized medicine, "guns should be banned", etc.).

So last week I put this sign up in my yard after one of his anti-gun rants at a neighborhood cocktail party. The sign wasn't up more than an hour before he called the police and wanted them to make me take down the sign. Fortunately, the officer politely informed him that it was not their job to take such action without a court order and that he had to file a complaint "downtown" first, which would be reviewed by the city attorney to see if it violated any city, county, or state ordinances, which if there was a violation a court order would be sent to the offending party (me) to "remove the sign in seven days".

After several weeks he was informed that the sign was legal (by a quarter of an inch) and there was nothing the city could do, which obviously made him madder. I tried to smooth things over by inviting him to go shooting with me and my friends at the hunt club but that seemed to make him even more angry. I then asked him if he wanted to go to a Tea Party rally but again he declined my outreach efforts to bring about a better understanding between political and social opponents.

I am at a loss how to reconcile our long relationship (notice I did not say friendship), any suggestions would be welcome.

BlueJay
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again he declined my outreach

again he declined my outreach efforts to bring about a better understanding

A very clever email. It has circulated widely which speaks volumes for the attitude of thinking Americans. Thanks for posting, Mel.

apondsong
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The anal-rentitive lawn and

The anal-rentitive lawn and gardens say a lot as far as I'm concerned ---------->fear & control. Oh well.

I'm for owning guns if you wish...and for respecting my neighbor's right to disagree.

Since he welcomes advice on how to improve the relationship...two words: Grow Up

Melvin Udall
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There's a whole lot of places

There's a whole lot of places in the world where mowing and edging your lawn is not considered "anal retentive." And where not doing so is seen as a lack of pride in ownership, and lack of respect for your nearby neighbors.

Slob comes to mind in a few cases.

Not everyone lives "rural."

Wilson
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I am somewhat intrigued by

I am somewhat intrigued by Apondsong's judgmental attitude and lack of tolerance exhibited for diversity of lawn and gardening practices. Do punks really travel down the street looking at lawns and forming conclusions like that about the nature of the people inside? I don't know if I want a lawn that says "I've got a bunch of firearms in here, in case you are interested in stealing them." I might like a lawn that says "I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6." I'm worried about the messages I might be sending to punks, but I'm also worried that this whole "landscape pride" thing could quickly turn into landscape bigotry. "You can't play with their children, they edge their lawn and as if that isn't bad enough, just last week I saw them nipping suckers off their fruit trees. You'll come home with cooties for sure."

apondsong
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Ouuuu....stepped on a few

Ouuuu....stepped on a few anal-retentive toes did I ? ( lol )

Hey. I'm just sayin'....

In all seriousness : I don't find signs like that funny. It was put up to anger his neighbor and it clearly shows a lack of maturity. Sign says nothing about his neighbor, and everything about himself ...tho he would be the last one to "get" that. He might just as well have written: I AM AN IMMATURE HOT-HEAD.

If he goes to church on Sundays, I'd hope his pastor would have something to say to him about it. But I guess he doesn't...as he invited his neighbor to gun-shoots and a Tea Party rally...but not church. So...that answers that.

JustaMainah
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I thought this sign was

I thought this sign was hilarious. Not that I would necessarily put one on MY lawn, mind you. My neighbors are Obamaphiles, so I sufficed it to put up at least one more McCain/Palin sign than they put up Obama signs, a subtle "screw you" more in line with my passive-aggressive nature than the sign in the OP. In spite of their political leanings and our relative disagreement on anything political, social, or religious they are essentially well-meaning, if misguided, folks. As far as guns, we own and love our guns but I would feign to advertise that fact on a lawn sign if nothing else because I would not want someone crack head coming in my house looking to steal them.

Mike G
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Apondsong Me thinks you are

Apondsong

Me thinks you are an immature hothead from your many anti-threads.

Butch Moore
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"If he goes to church on

"If he goes to church on Sundays, I'd hope his pastor would have something to say to him about it."

What would you expect his pastor to say?

Butch Moore
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duplicate post

duplicate post

Chris Coose
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Being a decent neighbor is an

Being a decent neighbor is an important value to foster.
I'd probably move just as quickly if an aggresive neighbor such as this fell off his ladder and was all staved up but that'd be about the extent of it.
I've got a street drain that smells bad when it rains hard. Hard to ignore some days. When it comes time to sell the house I'll look for a sunny day.
Sounds like their cocktail parties are far more dangerous than the imagined other threats.

BlueJay
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Now I'm curious what

Now I'm curious what apondsong's yard looks like and where it would rate on the "curb appeal" chart? (snicker)

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