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Monday, June 02, 2014

The lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association said Friday that gun activists in Texas "crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness" with their demonstrations at fast food restaurants. Activists, most notably from a group called Open Carry Texas, have drawn attention to themselves showing up at chain restaurants while carrying high-powered semiautomatic rifles. "As a result of these hi-jinx, two popular fast food outlets have recently requested patrons to keep guns off the premises," the unsigned statement said," the Institute for Legislative Action said on its website.

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The group continued, "[I]t'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."

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Well the NRA will never support open carry even if it is done in a positive way, because they make a ton of money training people to be certified instructors to teach CCW Classes.

#1 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-06-02 09:46 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

"Well the NRA will never support open carry even if it is done in a positive way, because they make a ton of money training people to be certified instructors to teach CCW Classes."

Does anybody besides me find this statement ironically hilarious?

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#2 | Posted by Dave at 2014-06-02 09:59 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The NRA has never supported open carry, they always push for conceal carry. The reason why is they are the number one state recognized training certification course. If the CCW laws were written as constitutional carry were you could legally carry openly or concealed so long as your not barred by law from owning a firearm, in that requires no government permission slip(CCW)card was not required anymore. They would loose millions a year because no one would need to take their courses anymore. I am not a fan of CCW permits not because of the person carrying but requiring a person to pay for a permission slip to exercise their rights.

#3 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-06-02 10:06 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

Looks like Zak's not the only ------- throwing the NRA under the bus:

But the fairly extraordinary move by the strong-armed association is just a sign that it's gone weak, one of the groups herding the rifle-bearing protesters to mass demonstrations suggested Sunday: "The NRA has lost its relevance and sided with #guncontrolextremists and their lapdog media," members of "Open Carry Texas" wrote in a Tweet. Last month, the group's president said during a roundtable discussion that the NRA has been "basically coming down on us for standing up for our rights."

LOL!

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#4 | Posted by Dave at 2014-06-02 10:21 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Oops!

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#5 | Posted by Dave at 2014-06-02 10:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

Perhaps these "Open Carry Freedom Fryers" will start waving their pretend army guns around at NRA conventions?

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-02 10:24 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

When you lie down with dogs.....

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-02 10:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

I suspect that the NRA understands that these lunatics are bad publicity for gun owners and they would prefer these lunatics remain out of sight.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-02 10:47 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The NRA just isn't sincere enough about the 2nd amendment for Zak I guess.

Sorry Zak, I am not saying these guys suffer from low IQs but in this day, age and country these guys make the mentally handicapped look like brain surgeons. I'm not sure how much the NRA make off these certs, but they seem to recognize just how 'special' these guys are.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-06-02 11:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

It seems to me that the anti-gunners give the NRA their power.

#10 | Posted by wurster at 2014-06-03 12:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

"It seems to me that the anti-gunners give the NRA their power."

I think it's more the perception of "anti-gunners" with which the NRA does best.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-03 12:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

Gun nuts against the NRA! This is going to be fun to watch!

#12 | Posted by TwoCents at 2014-06-03 02:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

"If the CCW laws were written as constitutional carry..."

"Constitutional carry"? I love all the made up spin terms they come up with.

"Standard Capacity Magazine" is another good one. So is "Modern Sporting Rifle", for that matter.

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-03 07:15 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#13 How about the made up spin term "assault rifle"?

#14 | Posted by rearendhat at 2014-06-03 07:47 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Gun nuts against the NRA! This is going to be fun to watch!

#12 | POSTED BY TWOCENTS AT 2014-06-03 02:06 AM | FLAG:

Welcome to 10 years ago. You're late to the show.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-06-03 07:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Well the NRA will never support open carry even if it is done in a positive way, because they make a ton of money training people to be certified instructors to teach CCW Classes."
Does anybody besides me find this statement ironically hilarious?
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#2 | POSTED BY DAVE AT 2014-06-02 09:59 PM | FLAG:

That's actually par for the course with the NRA.

Why does the NRA support the National Firearms Act to this day? Because influential 1% donors collect NFA items as appreciating financial investments. The NRA is very money driven, it's why they're such ferocious spammers.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-06-03 08:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

The NRA is very money driven, it's why they're such ferocious spammers.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-06-03 08:16 AMFlag: (Choose)
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Keep bringing your guns to town, son. The big AR-15 showdown at Arby's yet awaits. When these guns have been pried from the cold, dead fingers of gun-nuts after they have mutually murdered one another in a paranoid open-carry confrontation, perhaps you'll learn.

#17 | Posted by Zed at 2014-06-03 08:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

The next time these open-carry showoffs come over to the local Mickey D's, they should be asked to fire off a few rounds. I'll bet many of these dolts bring loaded weapons with them when they go prancing around the local burger palace.

#18 | Posted by catdog at 2014-06-03 08:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

People who are armed, stupid, and have something to prove will forever be getting themselves into trouble. I'd thought we'd learned that by the end of the 19th Century,

#19 | Posted by Zed at 2014-06-03 08:42 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

When will the ----------- at the NRA learn that guns are super cool fun toys that must be enjoyed every second of every day by anyone who loves America, the founding fathers and freedom??!!

#20 | Posted by Sully at 2014-06-03 09:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The NRA has lost its relevance and sided with #guncontrolextremists and their lapdog media," members of "Open Carry Texas"

Wow, just wow! At a loss of words.

#21 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-06-03 09:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

When these guns have been pried from the cold, dead fingers of gun-nuts after they have mutually murdered one another in a paranoid open-carry confrontation, perhaps you'll learn.

#17 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2014-06-03 08:40 AM | FLAG:

Not even the hate groups here that open carry during protests have managed to shoot themselves, a fellow activist, a counter-protester, nor bystanders.

#22 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-06-03 10:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

When the NRA thinks you're a gun nut you're really out there!

#23 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2014-06-03 10:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

Well the NRA will never support open carry even if it is done in a positive way, because they make a ton of money...

#1 | Posted by zack991

The NRA is all about the money?! I'm shocked!

#24 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-06-03 12:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not even the hate groups here that open carry during protests have managed to shoot themselves, a fellow activist, a counter-protester, nor bystanders.

#22 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014

They will.

#25 | Posted by Zed at 2014-06-03 12:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

I suspect that the NRA understands that these lunatics are bad publicity for gun owners and they would prefer these lunatics remain out of sight.

Bingo! Also, not only do these lunatics bring attention to themselves, they bring attention to the laws that enable them. A lot of people are uncomfortable around guns; especially strangers with guns. Once these people realize how the laws have changed to permit open carry, there will be pressure to change them.

#26 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2014-06-03 12:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

Once these people realize how the laws have changed to permit open carry, there will be pressure to change them.
#26 | POSTED BY FEDUPWITHPOLS AT 2014-06-03 12:53 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

There has been no change. Open carry advocates in Texas are doing something that's been legal since 1870.

#27 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-06-03 01:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

#13 How about the made up spin term "assault rifle"?

I believe an 'Assault Rifle' is a real thing. So is an 'Assault Weapon'.

They are not, however, the same thing.

#28 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-03 03:45 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The origins of the right to bear arms goes back to 12th century England when King Henry II obligated all freemen to bear arms for public defense.

While some states require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, open carry has been legal everywhere but in the most liberal cities since ratification in 1791.

That being said, I agree with the NRA statement; "It's downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business. Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners."

Kudos to the NRA for admonishing some foolhardy members.

#29 | Posted by FEARTHEKOOLAID at 2014-06-03 04:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

Kudos to the NRA for admonishing some foolhardy members.

#29 | POSTED BY FEARTHEKOOLAID AT 2014-06-03 04:25 PM | REPLY | FLAG

Many will give no ground, and never admit to the NRA being even remotely sane.

#30 | Posted by soheifox at 2014-06-03 09:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

ANY critics of the NRA are for one reason ONLY and that's to discredit them to the point where they are no longer the most EFFECTIVE liberal remover of all...

that being said, there's really no reason to take your long gun into Chilles..

ALTHOUGH some reports here in houston say SOME CARRYING guns in are NOT MEMBERS Of the group doing the protesting and we all know that means libs cheating, lying and being deceitful.........

HISTORY....the law was put in the books for when farmers were going to town and such.....time to update it? maybe...

#31 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-06-04 01:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

HISTORY....the law was put in the books for when farmers were going to town and such.....time to update it? maybe... Posted by afkabl2

You mean ------------- era?

#32 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2014-06-04 02:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

They will.

#25 | Posted by Zed

Yeah yeah, and Jesus will return.

Do you ever tire of being epically wrong?

#33 | Posted by jpw at 2014-06-04 03:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

Many will give no ground, and never admit to the NRA being even remotely sane.

That's because for many here the anti-NRA talking points, "mass shooting" memes and continued use of flat out made up phrases/definitions are a means to an end and, therefore, don't have to be truthful.

So long as they keep spouting the BS long enough they can cling to the hopes of forcing their biases into reality.

#34 | Posted by jpw at 2014-06-04 03:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

Kudos to the NRA for admonishing some foolhardy members.

#29 | POSTED BY FEARTHEKOOLAID AT 2014-06-03 04:25 PM | REPLY | FLAG

Many will give no ground, and never admit to the NRA being even remotely sane.

#30 | Posted by soheifox at 2014-06-03 09:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

Actually the NRA has gone back on their comments and now fully support the Open Carry lunatics.

#35 | Posted by Sully at 2014-06-04 10:33 AM | Reply | Flag:

I have always believed that open carry in some environments creates unnecessary anxiety in people. Common sense needs to prevail. I'm also aware of the odd push by one element of our society that seems to have undue wealth and influence, and ability to hype and use any situation to create public opposition against firearms, just as was done in other countries.

Absurdly such political opposition must be kept unnamed because of double standards and hypocrisy of political correctness that they organized to create.

Why is it acceptable for those of Christian background (although are not of a tribal nature) in general to be trashed with regularity by liberals on liberal websites for any reason? Examine how many negative threads are run with the title Christian on Huffington Post. Why is it acceptable for Muslim tribes to be trashed with regularity on conservative websites?

#36 | Posted by Robson at 2014-06-04 10:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

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