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.”

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Ken Morgan
Ken Morgan

if she really cared she would have exited the area immediately and then called the cops....go blow that smoke up some else's as you gun grabbing cocksucker.

AlAmedak
AlAmedak

She probably moved there from California..... us conservatives that are left apologize ...

Therealdea
Therealdea

Probably a Trump voter!

Fergie101
Fergie101

There is always an idiot in the crowd, thanks for exposing yourself.

shejay2
shejay2

Yay, for us carrying GranniesI I think I will get one of those T-shirts. So sick of these liberal cry babies. They should just stay home. They sure would be happy if our guns saved them or one of their family members!

Tim W
Tim W

I voted for Trump . I stopped voting for career politicians maby years ago. All they do is blow smoke up our ass, make promises, and then screw the middle class .

unspun2000
unspun2000

Simple. The quote from the police officer- “She was not scared of the gun,” Cpl. Reese said. “[She] was concerned about his t-shirt.” Are you saying that if she thought it might be another Cruz, she wouldn't be afraid of the gun, only the t-shirt?

Joe Hickory
Joe Hickory

She was just a busy body that worries about everyone else but herself. I see them every day.

roscoeswat
roscoeswat

The story stinks. If she were actually afraid, she would have gotten away immediately and called police. It's telling that she told the cop that the gun didn't scare her but the T-shirt did. That makes no sense, but in a 30 year law enforcement career I've seen people like this. She is just anti-gun and wanted to stir things up. I've never heard of anyone committing murder at a playground while spending time there with their kids. Some folks are just intelligent or have bad agendas.

Ohmslawyer
Ohmslawyer

Respectful of police, law abiding, no criminal record, yes I think it likely was a Trump voter.

T-III
T-III

It's rather advisable to be low key when being out because there always is a big chance of running into an idiot, nut or plain arsehole... This was different from somebody showing up in court wearing a T-shirt displaying foul language -even if it doesn't violate "community standards" that find the FUCK word stupidly acceptable... The woman should have been more concerned about the possibility of this citizen's gun jumping out of its holster, pointing itself at people and "discharging" LOL

Lorkar
Lorkar

Seriously??? He was there with his kids and according to witnesses and the police there was not time in which he acted in a threatening manner...she even SAID she wasn't afraid of the gun...

Albaby
Albaby

If she was so afraid 9f the guy with a gun, why was she standing only 25-35 feet away?

Paul Hammond
Paul Hammond

I would never criticize a mother who feared for her kids lives and only an ass would bring a gun to a playground.

Paul Hammond
Paul Hammond

I haven't grabbed anyone's guns. I just don't think you should bring them to a playground. As for your parting shot, you will have to suck your own cock.

Paul Hammond
Paul Hammond

So I guess you would wait till he got off a few rounds, then call the police.

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MikeBlue99
MikeBlue99

So what, you'd rather have people keep their guns hidden away? I am all for carrying a firearm, openly or concealed, but if your concern is the persons intentions where is the sense in forcing them to keep it concealed? It would make more sense to force people to open carry, that way you know who is armed, and if you feel threatened for whatever reason you know who to keep an eye on.

Fire_and_Steel
Fire_and_Steel

Paul Hammond wrote: "Just how on hell do we know if you own that gun legally, or if your [sic] a good guy who would never harm a fly." The same way the other parents know you're not a pedophile hanging around the playground in spite of probation conditions that bar you from being within 100 feet of children. Oh, wait; nobody knows unless the police come and run your criminal history. Stand by to have a nervous parent call the cops on you. You know, "for safety's sake."
I'm not fond of open carry either, but it's less idiotic than your hoplophobic viewpoint.
"[O]nly an ass would bring a gun to a playground." Or bring one to church, right?
"New Life Church in Colorado (December 9, 2007) – gunman enters church, kills 2, wounds 3; private citizen, acting as security, draws personally-owned concealed-carry pistol and shoots and wounds gunman, who then takes his own life. Gunman had killed 2, wounded 2 the previous day."
Then there was that private citizen who put a stop to the church shooter in Texas last year with the bystander's own semi-automatic rifle. The murderer, by the way, wasn't supposed to possess firearms OR the body armor he was wearing that day, but criminals tend to ignore laws.
If a Devin Kelley or Colin Ferguson (another nut case who wasn't supposed to have a gun) showed up at my grandkids' playground, I'd like to have someone like Troy Johnston nearby.

NascarDave01
NascarDave01

Horse hockey. She was just another self-entitled snowflake just looking for something to be offended at who wasted police time just for the sake of "making a statement" and feeling oh-so-powerful. She should be cited for misusing police services.

sangatune
sangatune

Earlier that day that same woman defended a stray Pit bull. Saying the dog shouldn't be judged by the actions of other dogs.

Fritos
Fritos

You should definitely be more afraid of the guns that you cannot see than the ones that you can. How many criminals have you seen that wear their pistols on the outside like "Yo, I'm about to rob you"... Doesn't work that way.

Rob4Blue
Rob4Blue

We need to know that ALL Blue is on the side of law-abiding citizens who are exercising their 1st and 2nd amendment rights. We are now living in such a confused country. Our conservative social order is being attacked.

drew6709
drew6709

If the cockroach bitch was so worried about a t-shirt. THEN SHE COULD HAVE LEFT THE PARK. Instead she chose to put her nose WHERE IT DIDN'T BELONG! And snowflake LIBERALS like her are the ones who NEED TO BE THROWN OUT OF THE COUNTRY and their rights and freedoms removed. My comment to her: GET A LIFE YOU PARASITE! All you are is a headache to the law abiding citizens of this country. And if you don't like that Trump IS YOUR PRESIDENT, THEN PASK YOUR SHIT AND LEAVE. Don't forget to drop your rights and freedoms at the boarder as well as your welfare benefits and o live in some country that DOESN'T HAVE THESE RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS. And if you need your "safe space" to cry in, then LEAVE THE COUNTRY. Americans aren't going to coddle you weak ass snowflakes. Time to GROW UP OR GET OUT.

Theconservative
Theconservative

Let these stupid people live in the UK for a month and see if they make it back to the states alive. I can't express enough how absolutely sick I am of these crazy whining liberals. Why didn't she just go run into her safe space and shut the hell up? I am an NRA Member, I also have my CCP and I conceal because I live in Seattle and this rotten state that I was born in in 1968 is deathly liberal. All it takes is a couple of assholes to gang up on an innocent open carry person and say that you waved it around and your as good as arrested unless you have your own witnesses. I don't trust liberals at all. I use to be one, so I know how dirty these pricks are. It's a sad day when people are so stupid that they will believe anything the Liberal Media says.

iggy385
iggy385

Paul Hammond .... just how on hell do we know that you are not child molester, and you are simply trying to get rid of armed father who is ready to protect his kids and innocent bystanders? Or how on hell do we know you are not hiding illegal gun in your pocket and trying to get rid of a law abiding armed citizen that is preventing you from committing a terrible crime?

POF_P415
POF_P415

He had not broken any laws and was exercising his 2nd Amendment right. Perhaps you should try it before crying about someone who does.

MSKIP1
MSKIP1

Soooo, you would rather someone surprise you with their HIDDEN gun that you didn't know was there?!? Do you have any idea how ignorant your statement was/is? Which one is more likely? A shooter going to the playground to shoot it up when they see no one is armed?, Or, walk up to do the shooting, and see that the people are armed, and decide today is not the best day for a crime at that location?

LIN41
LIN41

If she was so upset about the shirt she should have left the park so he could have fun with his kids. No one else was bothered by it only she was, the others were interested in what the shirt said.

Susan P
Susan P

Wish I was the officer who got that call. This woman would have learned a very valuable lesson about the dangers of "false" or prank calls to police. A T-shirt is NOT a danger to anyone and her feeling "uncomfortable" is her problem. She has zero right to dictate what another person wears no matter what public place she is in. She can only dictate in her own home.

Mr. Johnston was well within his rights to wear that shirt and to carry openly. It is the hidden firearm she should be worried about. A recent study determined that law abiding firearm owners commit fewer crimes than do even police, who also have a very very low crime rate.

Abby3622
Abby3622

HAHA, good for him!

plusafdotcom
plusafdotcom

I'd put my money on ex-CA or ex-NY ... :)

SpankObama
SpankObama

The logic expressed by some here is the equivalent of saying that everyone who buys a condom is intent on being a rapist.

Thomasengine
Thomasengine

Oh my!!! Thanks media!! Somehow I thought that this was California, but no, Texas! Open carry is legal in Texas!! The people to worry about aren't the people wearing the pro guns shirts but the politicians and pink hats!!!

Alphamale357
Alphamale357

This was directed at >>Paul Hammond<< but got redirected to another, person sorry for the odd glitch..

I find it instructive that all you Libtards find the sight of a gun so scary. I wear my weapon concealed but sometimes I wear it openly visible, yet 99% of the time people never notice it. if I carry open there is a solid reason to do so, and trust this I have backup just in case.

Your'e faulty reasoning is what defined Liberals, they see everything as scary and offensive. My carrying has saved at least 7 lives in the last 30 years merely by the sight of the weapon where I walked in on a violent confrontation and the antagonist saw the weapon and fled. At least 6 other times where I was forced to physically intervene and stop extreme violence. These are situations where my always code orange to code red situational awareness allowed me to see these situations I mentioned and I am sure there were others that I didn't notice in the last close to 50 years of carry.

Funny thing is well over a dozen times people as well as other Police officers in civilian attire came up and made positive comments and or shook my hand and thanked me for carrying. None of what I said here happened while I was in uniform. I have been retired for many years now.

Time to grow up my friend and see the writing on the walls, or we will be like England with a Machete attack every 90 Minutes as reported by the UK government and some UK papers, who are not dishonest enough to not cover such an atrocity of Governmental stupidity..

Alphamale357
Alphamale357

Paul you are as dense as it gets you silly Liberal.

Criminals tend to not show their weapons till second before committing the crimes, they never open carry as a rule and you are hard pressed to find a case of such. 21 years as a Detective in Detroit inner city I can tell you this with confidence. Mass shooters, criminals in general don't open carry. She was a stupid arrogant Liberal like you who hates our rights.
The good thing is the vast majority of Police offices in the USA are very pro gun and pro carry open or concealed. The anti gun weirdos like yourself love to quote the Police Chiefs associations hoping the average idiot does not know they are Politicians appointed by other Politicians to enforce more often than not, a far leftist agenda.

facts decry your nonsensical opinions by a wide margin. Time to grow up, and face reality.

We could have a Machete attack every 90 minutes like England per their Police. But I prefer the carry to stop such stupidity..

sysadminpgh
sysadminpgh

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.

sysadminpgh
sysadminpgh

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?

konadave
konadave

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.

Kulkum
Kulkum
konadave
konadave said: 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.

Pllevine
Pllevine

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?

Karene999
Karene999

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.