At a rally calling for gun reform following the Parkland Florida mass shooting, a local gun advocate spoke to the students with a request that they listen.
As students chanted "Am I Next?” holding signs with messages like “As a woman, I hope to have as many rights as a gun someday,” they couldn't help but notice the 6’06”, 300-pound William Polster visibly carrying a gun on his leg.
“This is a Glock 21 which is a 45 semi-auto pistol,” Polster said.
The gun advocate said he spends his free time at the rallies too, “observe and engage in civilized discussions with the people protesting.”
“I'm hoping to open their eyes to the benefits of having a firearm,” he said. “It's unfortunate that they believe the guns are what's causing the problem.”
High school sophomore Tory Theisen was surprised to see the open carrier, but she wasn’t intimidated.
“We had a good conversation. I got to hear his views, he got to hear mine,” Theisen said. “And I feel like I definitely got something out of that. It was a good encounter I think.”