Nearly 40 gun advocates of Open Carry Texas gathered in a restaurant parking lot carrying guns to protest a meeting of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America (MDA). The gun carriers waited outside the Dallas, Texas restaurant where MDA was holding a membership meeting. A spokeswoman for MDA said that the restaurant manager for MDA did not want to call the police for fear of “inciting a riot.”
MDA later released a statement, calling the Open Carry Texas members “gun bullies,” and saying that restaurant customers were “terrified by what appeared to be an armed ambush.”
Members of Open Carry Texas scoffed at this, with one member tweeting: "I guess I’m a #gunbullies #Comeandtakeit #Texas.”
Another pointed out that the picture above looks much less intimidating from the front, where you can see that the people crouching down are not doing that to be in a good position to fire a shot, but are just posing for a picture:
What pro-gun folks don’t seem to understand or accept about people who don’t like their open carry rallies (open carry refers to the right to walk around in public with a visible weapon): guns are terrifying. Sure, you know that you have your weapon under control (just like you know that you are a safe driver and it’s those other folks around you who are maniacs), and you are entitled to your opinion that your gun makes you and everyone around you safer. HOWEVER, when the rest of us see you walking around with a weapon that can kill in seconds, we have no idea under what circumstances you will use it, and whether or not you are as mentally stable as you claim to be. None of us are mind readers, and all of read the headlines about people occasionally opening fire on a crowd of strangers. Don’t pretend that you are covered by the NRA narrative of good guy with a gun vs. bad guy with a gun. Everyone thinks that they themselves are on team “good guy.”
The idea that Open Carry Texas was simply protesting and not intimidating Moms Demand Action is ridiculous. Of course it was unlikely that there would be any shots fired, but unlikely is much too high a chance for something like that. We can have a conversation about gun laws, but standing armed outside of a meeting is not a conversation, it’s intimidation, and you can be pro-gun but still understand that.