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Awareness is aim of Occupy Broad Ripple with Guns

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INDIANAPOLIS - Licensed gun owners are taking action after several attacks on women in one of the busiest areas of Indianapolis.

"Guns are the best way to protect yourself in a violent situation," says John Hallgarth of Shelby County.

That's why when Hallgarth goes out in Broad Ripple, he's packing his 9 millimeter.

"It's not a lack of policing.  It's not anything like that. It's the fact that they cannot be around to protect you at all times," Hallgarth adds.

With two muggings and a rape in the popular neighborhood in the past three weeks, Hallgarth says its important to take precautions.

"You should either protect yourself or be with somebody that can protect you," he adds.

That's why Hallgarth is organizing Occupy Broad Ripple with Guns this Saturday.

The group is asking people with conceal to carry permits to come to Broad Ripple, packing heat and ready to educate.

"This is not a vigilante patrolling of the streets or anything like that. We're here to let people know that they have other means. They do have means of protecting themselves," says Hallgarth.

"It is legal as far as we're concerned for people to carry their guns if they have a valid permit," says IMPD Officer Catherine Cummings.

Robert Rasmusson has a permit.

"I'd rather have them walking around with their weapons in open carry then someone who just bought it off the street.," says Rasmusson, the father of two.

Not everyone thinks carrying a gun in Broad Ripple is a good idea. With people drinking in bars on the weekends, opponents say guns and alcohol just don't mix.

"There are a bunch of people who get a little alcohol in their system and like you know, they start to do ridiculous things, so I mean they have to take that into consideration too," says the manager at the Hot Box Pizza in Broad Ripple.

The Occupy Broad Ripple with Guns folks say that won't be them.

"This is not a show and tell between gun owners. It's going to be strictly to raise public awareness," explains Hallgarth.

It's a growing public awareness Hallgarth says he hopes will make more people consider carrying a gun for protection.

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