A Marine, NRA Call Out TX Gun Fetishists
Last year we broke what would become a national story – calling out the gun fetishists of Texas who were stalking/ ‘protesting’ Mom Demand Action meetings. This took the form of showing up with guns outside of chain restaurants and hanging out in the parking lot.
Here’s the photo that made the news.
While this photo is just them posing for a photo outside of the the mall it still showcased their insanity. Showing up with high powered rifles with banana clips at a family restaurant does not necessarily win fans. 8 months later their group has once again made the news – part of a viral video, and not shockingly, death threats. This time their group is going after a US Marine who went to film one of their ‘rallies.’
The spokesperson of the group going after the Marine, is Kory Watkins – we’ve written about him before. (Full story and photos here.)
The leader of the group – at least according to facebook and other sources – is Kory Watkins. Watkins is running for Congress in the Texas 6th Congressional District – one that is currently being occupied by Rep. Joe Barton. (Barton, you may know, is a member of the Tea Party Caucus famous for saying interesting things.)
Watkins’ group doesn’t just watch over the Mom’s group, they also travel to local businesses with their firearms, post photos of their lunches together, and comment on which establishments welcome their ‘babies.’ (read: guns)
A Marine from Texas is not the only one calling out groups that like to wave around their guns in public. Now the NRA – that’s right, the National Rifle Association has gone on record calling out their awkward display of gun-love.
“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.”
It gets so much better. So here’s the entire section of the National Rifle Associations Institute of Legislative Action dealing with groups like Open Carry Tarrant County. Enjoy, let’s just hope that there aren’t any actual casualties in this war of words.
Hat tip to the Dallas Observer for this story please read their excellent take on all of it here.
Now we love AR-15s and AKs as much as anybody, and we know that these sorts of semiautomatic carbines are among the most popular, fastest selling firearms in America today. Texas, independent-minded and liberty-loving place that it is, doesn’t ban the carrying of loaded long guns in public, nor does it require a permit for this activity. Yet some so-called firearm advocates seem determined to change this.
Recently, demonstrators have been showing up in various public places, including coffee shops and fast food restaurants, openly toting a variety of tactical long guns. Unlicensed open carry of handguns is legal in about half the U.S. states, and it is relatively common and uncontroversial in some places.
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.
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.
As a result of these hijinx, two popular fast food outlets have recently requested patrons to keep guns off the premises (more information can be found here and here). In other words, the freedom and goodwill these businesses had previously extended to gun owners has been curtailed because of the actions of an attention-hungry few who thought only of themselves and not of those who might be affected by their behavior. To state the obvious, that’s counterproductive for the gun owning community.
More to the point, it’s just not neighborly, which is out of character for the big-hearted residents of Texas. Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners. That’s not the Texas way. And that’s certainly not the NRA way.
In summary, NRA certainly does not support bans on personalized guns or on carrying firearms in public, including in restaurants. We think people are intelligent enough to resolve these issues in a reasonable way for themselves. But when people act without thinking, or without consideration for others – especially when it comes to firearms – they set the stage for further restrictions on our rights. Firearm owners face enough challenges these days; we don’t need to be victims of friendly fire.