Stupid Stunts That Really Don’t Help Further Our Gun Rights

The first stupid stunt is one we tend to see at least once in every show we are at:

Every show there will be someone who will make a loud comment about assassinating an elected official.

Folks this is still the USA and we still have elections.  The way to deal with politicians you don’t like is at the ballot box.  Now I realize there is too much big money in politics and it seems like we only get to vote on people selected by the powerful elites but we still get to vote.
Seriously…  How do you think we got CHLs here in Texas? We got it largely through the efforts of Susanna Hupp, who ran on the platform of the state issuing CHLs and won her campaign.

Wikipedia:  Suzanna Gratia Hupp, DC, (born September 28, 1959)[1] is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, who represented traditionally Democratic[citation needed] District 54 (Bell, Burnet, and Lampasas counties) for ten years from 1997-2007. After surviving the Luby’s massacre in 1991, Hupp became a leading advocate of an individual’s right to carry a concealed weapon. She was elected to her first term in 1996, but did not seek a sixth two-year term in 2006. She has also written a book called From Luby’s to the Legislature: One Woman’s Fight Against Gun Control, published by Privateer Publications, San Antonio, Texas.

There is one thing about living in a representative democracy and that is this fact of life.  Lots of people are going to be unhappy with who ever gets elected. Part of being an adult is learning to live with that unhappiness.

We do not live in Nazi Germany or Stalin’s USSR.  Christians are not being persecuted here.  Carrying on as though we are is bad press.

Further, the NSA is listening. This is something we know as a fact.  There are ATF agents at many of these gun shows and who knows how many other law enforcement officials.

Then there are bloggers and news reporters. They no longer have to carry bulky cameras to capture a video of someone making an a-hole out of themselves.  They could simply be walking around with one of those ubiquitous smart phones sticking out of their shirt pocket recording every stupid thing you are saying.

The Open Carry at Chipolte’s Stunt

I’ve eaten at Chipolte’s on numerous occasions.  I have never seen a sign posted banning concealed firearms.

Indeed, outside of bars and clubs that make a major portion of their income from the sale of alcohol those signs are as rare in Texas as campaign posters for Dianne Feinstein.

It is pretty safe to say CHL holders are permitted to carry a concealed firearm in the majority of commercial establishments in this state.

Now we have a bunch of wannabee commandos aka  Mall Ninjas running around with modern sporting rifles on one point slings demanding their right to carry openly.

Gee thanks…  You are definitely making life harder for responsible gun owners who have CHLs and the common sense to be discrete about the fact they are carrying.  Now folks have to put up with the Bloombergs of the world using you as propaganda to attack the right to concealed carry.

Last Friday, The Dallas Morning News ran an editorial about your stupid human trick.  The same issue carried Jacquielynn Floyd’s column titled: There’s nothing ‘normal’ about assault weapons in public

It’s not fair to hand doughnut shops and coffee stands a political hand grenade they didn’t ask for. Nor is it reasonable that they’re being made an involuntary backdrop to a battle over tactics between gun-rights activists themselves.

C.J. Grisham, president of the group Open Carry Texas, told a Dallas radio station this week that it’s not particularly helpful when selfies of dudes posing with their AK-47s and AR-15s next to the condiment rack go hyper-viral.

“The visual is not translating well in the national media,” said Grisham, who has said he wants to confine the open-carry issue in Texas to allowing visible handguns.

As to the issue itself, I’m ambivalent: I honestly don’t think people with the good fortune to live in the United States really need to carry guns everywhere they go. But I also don’t think Texas, which already allows concealed carry, will drown in its own blood if it follows those states where open handgun carry is allowed.

But parading in public brandishing intimidating weapons — not bird guns or deer rifles, but semi-automatic “sport” rifles purposely styled to mimic military assault weapons — is just plain vulgar behavior.

From Gun Nuts:

Caleb: What the hell is wrong with Texas open carry?

Tim: Loathsome jackasses and the havoc in their wake

Other than the extremely bad publicity these folks are bringing there is always the danger someone with a CHL and a loaded handgun might mistake their actions for those of someone staging an Aurora Theater event.  That is all it takes for one of these “demonstrations” to turn into a shoot out with lethal consequences.

Then we all lose.  DiFi and Mike Bloomberg have a huge publicity windfall and one or more Texas gun folks wind up dead.

What sort of reaction do you think this would bring from business owners?  Do you think they might have second thoughts about the whole idea of permitting firearms in their businesses?

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