Even The National Rifle Association Thinks Gun Carrying Texans Are Crazy

By now you’ve heard about a small group of people in Texas called Open Carry Texas, in which gun owners scare the shit out of people by bringing their weapons into restaurants because it’s their god given right. To that I say, it’s my right to say you’re bat shit crazy. 



Now just when you thought these crazy people were going to be able to go into your nearest Chipotle and order a burrito with a side of buckshot, the National Rifle Association has said that maybe this move isn’t so cool.

In a statement about the recent open carry craze, the NRA said:

A small number have recently crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness. Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates.

That’s just a little excerpt from a statement on the NRA website. All they really want is for people to stop giving gun owners a bad name. Bringing your AK into a restaurant just seems insane, and the NRA seems to agree.

Yet while unlicensed open carry of long guns is also typically legal in most places, it is a rare sight to see someone sidle up next to you in line for lunch with a 7.62 rifle slung across his chest, much less a whole gaggle of folks descending on the same public venue with similar arms.

Basically, take a chill pill.


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Posted on June 3, 2014, in WTF and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. “To that I say, it’s my right to say you’re bat shit crazy.”

    I don’t know. Not sure they are any more “bat shit crazy” than some other people who are making a public protest about something they believe in. Not any more “bat shit crazy” than some who think that late term partial birth abortions are no big deal.

    Just to be clear I don’t think they are making the best case for what they want. Do you have any idea what it is they do want? Understand anything about it?

    Basically in Texas you can get a concealed carry license for a handgun and carry in public (I have one). But you cannot legally carry a handgun openly in public. That is actually what they want, not to carry AR-15s into Starbucks.

    Under Texas law they can openly carry a long gun, but not a handgun. So they are exploiting that loophole to demand open carry of handguns. That is what it is really about.

    Now if they actually wanted to carry a handgun in public in Texas (or about any area that is not open country) they might be a lot better off getting a concealed carry permit. Is safer. The bad guy doesn’t know you are armed until it is too late for him.



    • Awesome points, and you are absolutely correct. It just seems like they are taking things to an extreme level that even the NRA is recognizing.

  2. ” It just seems like they are taking things to an extreme level that even the NRA is recognizing.”

    Yes, they don’t see it as a productive way to make the case. They see it alienating more people than anything else.

    As to being extreme, I don’t think the NRA is all that extreme. At the management level they are pretty much stodgy conservatives and they have some pretty good arguments and evidence for their views that the kind of gun control the Left wants is not a good answer to our problems. But the media is rarely interested in that aspect. If it bleeds it leads is the media motto.

    The NRA gets the tarnish of extremism when their views are consistently misrepresented in the media. For example you will often hear those on the left say that the NRA wants everyone to be able to own a gun. That is just nonsense. The NRA wants law abiding citizens who are truly not “bat shit crazy” to be able to exercise their rights responsibly. But there is no way they want everyone to own a gun. There are a lot of people they very explicitly don’t want to own a gun, most especially felons and the dangerously mentally ill.

    Or they will say that the NRA is just in it for the money. I read a guy the other day talking about the “obscene” profits in the firearms industry. I would bet he never worked in retail. I can tell you for a fact that profit margins for firearms retailers and manufacturers are not “obscenely” large and often the profit margin on popular items is quite low actually. S&W, one of Americas most popular handgun makers for decades, struggled off and on again to stay out of bankruptcy not too many years ago. Several other companies have been struggling too.

    But I can tell you who does make a lot of money in America. That is the companies that supply legal drugs. The pharmaceutical industry has profits over 100x greater than the firearms industry that supplies the civilian market (not talking about military). I wrote on that a while back here:

    Guns And Drugs

    I find it unbelievable the number of young boys and men today that are prescribed some psychoactive drugs, and many these have known side effects that involve violent ideation (talk about that in more detail in the article above).

    I don’t think the NRA is all that extreme, especially in comparison to the President of the United States who started his political career in the living room of Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn. Dohrn actually ended up serving a little time in jail. Bill Ayers is a self confessed “little c” Communist, a member of the radical Weatherman terrorists, and in his own words “guilty as hell” of bombings back in the 1970s that killed at least one person. He was on the lamb for years and would have been in jail if the FBI hadn’t blown the case (and again, Ayers bragged he was “guilty as hell”).

    Obama and Ayers served on boards together and Ayers appears to have worked to help get Obama a start in politics. Obama’s closest advisor, Valerie Jarret is another with family ties to the CPUSA. So if you really get down to the nitty gritty a lot of the real extremists are the ones calling the NRA extreme. 🙂



  3. The OCT activists’ tomfoolery is a lot like the guy dressed like Mr. Slave (from South Park) at the Gay Pride parade. Just not wining the undecided over.

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