Wednesday, June 4, 2014

You Can't Fix Dim-Witted...

I've just been somewhere I've never been before: the NRA (National Rifle Association) website. I was looking for something specific - their condemnation of the action of a few idiots who have taken 'the right to bear arms' to an extreme and who have begun carrying them openly to family restaurants across the nation.

Personally, I wish no one had a gun. And I am totally against these killing machines these guys carry. But my basic fear was that the NRA would not condemn these knot heads roundly.

I was wrong. Here is an excerpt of their post...

"Texas, independent-minded and liberty-loving place that it is, doesn't ban the carrying of loaded long guns in public, nor does it require a permit for this activity.  Yet some so-called firearm advocates seem determined to change this."

"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."

"As a result of these hijinx, two popular fast food outlets have recently requested patrons to keep guns off the premises (more information can be found here and here).  In other words, the freedom and goodwill these businesses had previously extended to gun owners has been curtailed because of the actions of an attention-hungry few who thought only of themselves and not of those who might be affected by their behavior. To state the obvious, that's counterproductive for the gun owning community."

"More to the point, it's just not neighborly, which is out of character for the big-hearted residents of Texas. Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners.  That's not the Texas way.  And that's certainly not the NRA way."
There are times when the NRA seems unreasonable and unprincipled. I thought they would have shown themselves to be so this time.  I don't care how well trained you are, how much of a sharp shooter you promote yourself to be, nothing prevents accidents from happening. And the consequences of carrying a long rifle killing machine into a public place are too horrible to be imagined.
Look, I'm no prude when it comes to guns. My father and step father had guns around the house for protection. My brother and I both knew where they were. We never touched them. But those were fire arms that could be concealed. These idiots are carrying long rifles in public spaces. The NRA underestimates the folly of these rebels: "...carrying these guns in public spaces 'defies common sense..." and "shows a lack of consideration and manners."
I refer to these guns as killing machines, because, outside of a limited number of sportsmen and women, these guns are used in combat to kill. Self-control and wisdom is needed with these things. A characteristics these buffoons obviously don't possess...

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