A few days ago, the NRA issued a statement scolding the ammosexual groups in Texas that created a backlash by parading around Chipotle with assault rifles, scaring the shit out of the restaurant’s customers:
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.
The NRA issued its scolding a week after the allied gun nut groups whose antics caused the Chipotle backlash had asked members not to parade around with assault rifles in businesses anymore. Here’s the response from Open Carry Texas and affiliated muzzle-strokers to the NRA’s broadside:
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. Already, OCT members are posting pictures of themselves cutting up their life membership cards. 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. The NRA should have instead released a statement to the effect that it applauds our groups for coming together and finding new methods to promote safe and responsible open carry.”
Open Carry Texas, et al, is as naïve as Kay Corleone telling her mob boss boyfriend that sterling characters like senators and presidents don’t send men to their deaths like a common button man. Here’s the skinny, Open Carry Texas & Co.: The NRA is a gun manufacturers’ lobbying group. They don’t give a flying fuck about your right to enjoy a burrito in public while dreamily stroking your long, hard muzzle.
By acting like sinister gun-humpers in public, y’all are becoming a threat to the NRA paymasters’ bottom-line profits because you’re making people associate gun ownership with kooks like yourselves. That’s why the NRA called you weird and impractical and scary.
Clearly the only proper response to this outrageous insult is to create life-size Wayne LaPierre images on cardboard and film yourselves using them for target practice. This will make you look totally sane and rational.