Category: Open Carry

This Is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: They Get Mauled by Bears

Bears kill fewer humans than bathtubs. Wikipedia’s List of fatal bear attacks in North America makes for unsettling reading (“Kammer was in his tent at Soda Butte Campground when a mother bear attacked and dragged him 25 feet (7.6 m) away”), but death-by-bear is not a statistically significant event. That said, I carry a Smith & Wesson .500 snubbie or (soon) a VXR when I’m hiking in bear country. Because bears. Alaska Dispatch News has a story of a recent mauling (and two more besides) that’s a suitably scary cautionary tale . . .

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Media Campaign Against Open Carry Doomed to Fail

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The marketing wizard behind Moms Demand Action is working hard to demonize the open carry of long guns, especially in Texas. Shannon Watts, who heads MDA is a longtime professional at creating media campaigns: “She is not just Suzy Homemaker or some low-grade employee at a small company but a heavy Public relations hitter, savvy on the ways of media manipulation and making her clients look good. Basically she ‘grows’ astroturf for a living.” On the other side, open carry activism in Texas has become so effective that both candidates for Governor have endorsed its legalization, the stated objective of the open carry groups in Texas. The media campaign to demonize open carry is a concerted case of pushback . . .

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Quote of the Day: Army Vet Decries Independence Day Open Carry Demo Edition

Tom Young (courtesy thebigthrill.org)

“I can think of a lot of good ways to celebrate liberty. Intimidating my neighbors with my guns isn’t one of them. A march of people brandishing weapons looks more like something that would happen in the Third World than in the world’s leading democracy.” – Novelist, journalist, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, retired Air National Guard senior master sergeant Tom Young, Gun Extremists: Why Are You ‘Defending Liberty’ in a Coffee Shop and Not on the Battlefield? [via huffingtonpost.com]

Open Carry in Carytown, Virginia

Open carry demonstrators in Richmond (courtesy wtvr.com)

TTAG writer MC writes:

I’m originally from Richmond, and keep in touch with some friends there. This came up in one of their (FB) threads, with the entreaty to avoid Carytown: “You might get killed!” My first reaction was, “Oh good. It’s OC Texas all over again,” but several items about this report stood out. First, it looks like their guns are unloaded — at least the AK is sans magazine. That seems like a good way to do OC for awareness-raising, not that gun muggles know any better. Second, this is not your typical grouchy OFWG crowd. They seem friendly and approachable. Third, the report by VTVR is fair [click here to watch], with several handwringing (older) women balanced by a curious younger woman. (One of the older women said she was frightened because the gun owners were carrying a flag. Please.) Finally, another shout-out to Philip Van Cleave, who goes on record supporting long gun OC while mildly shaking his head at it. The NRA could have taken some pointers from him.

Open Carry Texas Responds to Target’s Non-Ban Gun Ban

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Earlier today, Target’s interim CEO made a statement “requesting” that its customers leave their guns at home. The decision came on the heels of pictures of members of Open Carry Texas carrying rifles in Target stores, and the subsequent anti-open carry at Target campaign by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. C.J. Grisham, president of Open Carry Texas, told USA TODAY in an e-mail [also published on their Facebook page] that he regrets Target’s decision . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Rifle Restaurant Ruffles Anti-Firearms Feathers

Rifle restaurant waitresses (courtey theblaze.com)

Behold the waitresses of Shooter’s grill. The comely quartet pack heat as they’re serving cheeseburger soup and other not-so-low-cal comestibles to their pistol-packing patrons. The business model is a big hit – as you might expect in Rifle, Colorado. It’s also drawn the attention of the mainstream media, who are reporting Shooters’ success with a metaphorically raised eyebrow. I expect a LOT more of these open carry welcome restaurants to pop-up in the Southwest. Rhode Island, where open carry’s legal with a state-issued weapons permit? Not so much. But you can bet Ocean Staters are going to hear about it; the antis will use Shooters for ammo in their relentless “gun owners are gun nuts” campaign.