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Open Carriers Revolt Against NRA

By The Reverend Published: June 3, 2014

Just recently I mentioned something about the need for "responsible gun owners" to speak out against their fellow gun owning brethren who were flaunting public places like fast food restaurants and public parks. Well, shiver my timbers....

The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action released a surprising statement on Friday condemning Texas gun-rights supporters who have been hosting demonstrations in which they go into restaurants carrying long guns. The demonstrations started getting a lot of attention once Chili's, Chipotle, Sonic, and Jack in the Box asked patrons to refrain from bringing firearms into their restaurants.

That's right, the lobbying arm of the NRA denounced the tactics being used by members of Open Carry Texas. Hard to believe isn't it? The really fun stuff is still to come. But first, here are a few excerpts from the Institute's statement.....

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......

...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.....

Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners.

Congrats to the NRA. They did the right thing, the "responsible gun owner" speaking plainly. Members of Open Carry Texas...umm....had a different response....

"The more the NRA continues to divide its members by attacking some aspects of gun rights instead of supporting all gun rights, the more support it will lose," Open Carry Texas said in a statement published Monday on its Facebook page.

A mild warning to the NRA, to be sure....but then OCT brings the fun....

"Already, OCT members are posting pictures of themselves cutting up their life membership cards," the group said. "If they do not retract their disgusting and disrespectful comments, OCT will have no choice but to withdraw its full support of the NRA and establish relationships with other gun rights organizations that fight for ALL gun rights, instead of just paying them lip service the way the NRA appears to be doing."

Kind of sounds like a Tea Party representative talking smack about the GOP "establishment", no? You just gotta love the "lip service" part. The NRA, to their shame, successfully lobbied Senate members after the Sandy Hook massacre of 20 first graders, preventing ANY new gun legislation from moving forward. Open Carry Texas refers to power like that as paying "lip service" to NRA members. That is how radically extreme the Texas open carry movement has become.

I'm not sure whether the NRA's issuance of their statement last Friday had anything to do with what is happening later this week in Ft. Worth....

This comes as some Republicans heading toward the state GOP convention in Fort Worth later this week plan to carry long guns outside the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri released a new statement, letting party members know that “anyone carrying an openly exposed weapon will be asked to do so outside of the building.”

Go read the entire Star Telegram article. There's talk of "black powder revolvers" and whether they might be exempt from all gun laws. But there's also this....

Supporters hope to add a plank to the party platform that calls on state lawmakers to legalize open carry or constitutional carry, which would let gun owners carry their weapons without license or regulation.

“All delegates, I urge you to open-carry the whole time,” (Open Carry county coordinator) Watkins has posted on Facebook.

Could be the makings of a real bang-up good time, huh?

When extremism is allowed to flourish without checks and balances, example: Tea Party.....that extremism usually comes back around to bite the ass of the "establishment" that spawned the extremism. Mississippi GOP Senator Thad Cochran will learn that hard lesson today when he will most likely lose his GOP primary to a full metal jacketed winger.

In the same way, the NRA's defiant fearmongering efforts in the age of a Democratic president are directly responsible for the extremism we now witness within the U.S. gun culture. The GOP spawned the Tea Party. The NRA spawned the open carry groups.

Now both are openly attacking the host from which they were spawned.

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