When members of Open Carry Texas rallied in front of a meeting of four—count ’em four—members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, MDA had a hissy fit. With the help of a misleading photograph (exposed first here), the mainstream media went big on the story. Forbes proclaimed Texas Gun Bullies Use Semi-Automatics To Terrorize Mothers Against Guns-NRA Remains Silent. 40 Armed Members Of ‘Open Carry Texas’ Try To Intimidate 4 Unarmed Women Of ‘Moms Demand Action’ opposingviews.com shouted. Etc. As you’d expect, Mom-in-Chief Shannon Watts milked the story, casting herself and her Moms as victims of . . . wait for it . . . terrorism. This is no laughing matter . . .
As I’ve said before, the civilian disarmament industry wants to cast gun rights advocates as criminals, thugs and psychopaths. They don’t want to marginalize Americans who work to defend and extend their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. They want to destroy them. You know, eliminate.
Remember: the Open Carry Texas (OCT) folk said nothing whatsoever about assaulting members of Moms Demand Action. Bogus photo angle aside, it was their mere presence at the quartet’s get-together that enraged the antis. The gun control crowd is now baying for blood in their own “read between the lines” way. Check this hate speech from mediamatters.org:
But this hairsplitting over the exact details of the confrontation ignores the larger point, that it is de facto intimidation when approximately 40 members of an extreme and insurrectionist group known for vitriolic confrontations with law enforcement mill around in a parking lot outside of a meeting of their political opponents while openly displaying guns . . .
Supporters of OCT called a police officer a “piece of garbage,” a “fucking scumbag,” a “worthless piece of shit,” a “worthless waste of life,” and a “traitor.” One man repeatedly shouted “Fuck you, pig.”
OCT’s October 19 gun rights rally at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas featured conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and insurrectionist Mike Vanderboegh. At the rally — where supporters reportedly called police “tyrants with badges” — Jones told the crowd, “We’re not going to lay down if you offensively attack us. If it’s a war they want, it’s a war they’ll get.” Vanderboegh, whose anti-government views inspired a domestic terrorist plot, told the crowd, “You can kill us, if you think you can. But remember, we’ll shoot back,” and, “When democracy turns to tyranny, the armed citizenry still gets to vote.”
Given that OCT’s recent events have been an ugly mix of anger, violent threats and firearms, it is entirely believable that MDA members and others were intimidated by OCT’s actions on November 9.
How long before that becomes “Given that OCT’s recent events have been an ugly mix of anger, violent threats and firearms, it’s entirely right that they should be arrested, disarmed and incarcerated.”
Or “Given that OCT’s recent events have been an ugly mix of anger, violent threats and firearms, it’s entirely right that the SWAT team decided to raid its members’ house. The fact that one member was shot and killed during the raid is regrettable but . . .”
Paranoid fantasy? From your lips to God’s ears. Meanwhile, Shannon is ratcheting up the rhetoric, heading in that direction. [h/t SS]