To paraphrase Steve M, this country belongs to the gun nuts; we’re just sheltering in place in it. Because they are fanatically committed to a single issue and backed by a deep-pocketed manufacturers’ lobbying group, the gun nuts will force their will on the rest of us until, inevitably, some lunatic commits a mass shooting so devastating that the sensible gun control majority become fanatics on the issue ourselves. We now know 20 dead first graders won’t be enough.
But rather than giving in to despair, we should celebrate every small victory against the ammosexuals, even if it only occurs because they make such asses of themselves in public that they are forced to change tactics to avoid continued backlash. That’s what happened when a coalition of morons began a campaign to visit chain restaurants in Texas with military style assault rifles, which naturally scared the shit out of customers.
At first, the cowardly bullies in the gun nut organizations tried to intimidate anyone who pushed back, subtly and overtly threatening gun control advocates. They even stalked and harassed regular citizens who weren’t part of any gun control group but had just called the cops because they were alarmed by the sight of heavily armed yahoos converging on their location.
The push has been a PR disaster. On Monday, Chipotle became the latest chain to tell the gun nuts to leave the hardware at home. And apparently, even skulls made of 100% granite can be penetrated by a clue because Open Carry Texas and affiliated muzzle-stroker groups issued a statement in response:
Looking back, it has become clear that there is one area in which we have gotten the most resistance and suffered the largest setbacks: open carry of long arms into private businesses. This is not a new phenomenon. Early on, because of our efforts, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) sent a message to all TABC licensees warning them about allowing our members to open carry into their businesses. This resulted in places like Smashburger asking us to leave our guns at home. Since then, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, Applebees and most recently, Chipotle have come out asking we not carry our firearms into their establishments.
Whereas, our mission is to get open carry of handguns passed in Texas, we must once again adjust in a way that shines a positive light on our efforts, our members, and our respective organizations. We have decided the prudent path, to further our goals, is to immediately cease taking long guns into corporate businesses unless invited.
The statement wraps up with “rah-rah we’re winning” language, but on this campaign at least, they’ve tucked their tails between their legs and slunk off the stage. It’s a small victory, but we should savor it.
UPDATE: There was a horrific mass shooting at UCSB last night. A lunatic armed with a semi-automatic handgun allegedly posted a misogynistic tirade on YouTube before hunting down and shooting women on campus. Seven dead (including the gunman) and seven more injured. Nothing to see here. Move along.