This Should Be Good: The NRA vs. Open Carry Texas Gun Nuts

open-carry-texasWhen you’re a “gun rights activism” group that gets called out by the NRA for acting like jackasses, you know you must be acting fairly ridiculous.  And that’s exactly what happened when the NRA released a statement concerning these open carry gun nuts in Texas who have been showing up at various local businesses, and hanging out on city street corners, with loaded semi-automatic rifles strapped to their backs.

It seems most sane Americans don’t really want to be out eating dinner with their family somewhere right next to a table of individuals with AK-47’s sitting beside them.  They also don’t seem to enjoy being approached by a herd of people with semi-automatic rifles while they sit at a stoplight at various intersections.

In what I would call an attempt at damage control (because these open carry nuts are clearly making the NRA and ordinary gun nuts look even more insane), the NRA had some choice things to say about these demonstrations:

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.

Basically what the NRA is worried about are these open carry radicals making people who are “on the fence” about gun laws side with those of us who support sensible gun regulations.  And as we all know, the NRA vehemently opposes any form of gun regulation.

But what the NRA doesn’t seem to realize is that many of their supporters agree with what these people are doing.

Though to prove just how radical these open carry activists are, you don’t need to look any further than Open Carry Texas’ response to the NRA’s statement:

“The NRA has lost its relevance and sided with the gun control extremists and their lapdog media.  We don’t fight for rights at the discretion of the NRA.”

Yes, that’s a gun rights group saying that the NRA is too liberal when it comes to gun rights laws.

You could say a lot of things about the NRA, but claiming that they’re “siding with gun control extremists” isn’t something any sane person would ever claim.

But that’s the extent of the insanity shown by these members of Open Carry Texas.  They’re so radical about guns that to them the NRA is now tantamount to a group of “gun control extremists.”

I honestly never thought I’d see the day where the NRA would call out a gun rights group for essentially being insane, and that group would respond by saying the NRA is now essentially a “gun control extremist” group.

Though that’s where we are with these far-right conservative groups.  They’ve become so extreme that even “very conservative” is too liberal for them.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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