Openly dumb? That’s dumb. But then it’s only a headline writer’s idea of pithy. The real stupidity here is the “argument” the San Antonio Express’ Editorial Board uses to condemn open carry – ahead of the Texas legislature’s determination to put a bill on Governor Abbott’s desk. “Say you’re at your local store or on a public street and a guy, obviously not a police officer, is walking toward you with a hoodie over on his head. Feel safe? We suspect not. Nor will the cop who encounters that guy in a traffic stop or tries to give him a ticket while he’s jaywalking.” I’m sorry. Did I say hoodie over his head? I mistyped. It’s “a gun on his hip.” But you see how that works. Here’s more . . .
TTAG reader Zach writes:
“When state and federal courts have considered severe restrictions or bans on open carry they have been struck down. When they have considered restrictions or bans on concealed carry they have been upheld. I wondered why it was 31 states allow the unlicensed open carry of handguns and even more if you include long guns (as in Texas) while concealed carry was illegal (the carry permit providing an exception to the ban on concealed carry). I found out that . . .
“Members of the advocacy group Moms Demand Action delivered more than 72,000 petitions to Harris Teeter’s Matthews-based headquarters Thursday morning, asking the company to ban openly carried guns in its stores,” charlotteobserver.com reports. Why’s that? “You don’t have to have training or a permit to open carry in stores,” North Carolina Advocacy Lead for MDA Christy Clark told the Observer. And? How many open carriers have murdered people while open carrying? None that I can find. And if I could find any, how would that compare to the number of murderous criminals carrying illegally? But that’s not what’s important here. What gun rights advocates need to understand . . .
The impassioned video above didn’t stop the passage of Washington state’s “universal background check” bill. And so an unknown number of gun rights advocates are set to convene at the state capitol to violate the law in plain site. They’ll exchange guns, buy and sell guns and generally play pass the firearm – all in contravention of the newly-approved I-594’s provisions. The cops have yet to declare their intentions for this act of mass (the participants hope) civil disobedience. So it could be a damp squib (hardly anyone shows, the police do nothing and only local media pays attention), an ugly police action (a bit more local media coverage) or something really not good (LOADS of media coverage). Click here for the I Will Not Comply Facebook page. At the time of writing, Resolute for Arms and Liberty has a scant 1650 followers. Still, as Shannon Watts will tell you, the longest journey starts with a single like. [h/t CM]
Now that the Georgia legislature passed their “guns everywhere” bill (as described by its opponents) Peach Tree State streets are running red with the blood of innocents. Or not. Yup. Not. But gun owners still have some heavy lifting to do, as hoplophobic semi-public entitites do what they can to avoid to the carry-on consequences of the Safe Carry Protection Act. To wit: “A Gwinnett County man sued the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Wednesday because he was escorted off the property on the basis that he was opening carrying a gun,” ajc.com reports. “According to the suit filed by Phillip Evans and the gun rights group GeorgiaCarry.org . . .
Today is the first day Texas lawmakers can file bills for consideration in the upcoming legislative session. Of the 123 bills filed as of 9am, Rep Daniel Flynn‘s is the only one focusing on open carry. [Click here to read the text.] As expected, the OC bill merely adds unconcealed carry to the CHL (concealed handgun license) provisions. The issue has hit the Lone Star State’s media radar. The initial reports are about as biased as you’d expect . . .
“It’s amazing to me that I can walk up to a parent on school property and say, ‘You need to put your cigarette out, you’re not allowed to smoke on school property,’ but I can’t walk up to someone and say, ‘You’re not allowed to have a weapon on school property if you’re open carrying.'” – Michigan School Superintendent Jim Baker, quoted in Huron Valley schools to tackle open carry issue [via freep.com]
Moms Demand Action (MDA) types have threatened to make false 911 calls whenever they see anyone open carrying and have encouraged others to do so. In at least one case (though probably not MDA-related), an innocent man was killed by police as a direct response to false allegations in a 911 call. Last week, in Virginia, an open carrier was falsely accused of robbing a 7-11, in a 911 call. Fortunately, he was not harmed . . .
“I’m going to protect my children anyway I can,” Matthew Halleck tells kaaltv.com. Like millions of American parents, that means carrying a concealed weapon as he schleps his daughter to and from school. Unfortunately, Mr. Halleck missed the advice given by TTAG readers to citizens exercising their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms: concealed means concealed. When a homeowner across from Harriet Bishop Elementary school in Rochester, Minnesota glimpsed Halleck’s gat poking out of his pants, she decided to “out” Halleck with the sign above . . .
“William Coleman III was talking to his cousin near 172nd and Glisan at about 2:10 a.m. on Saturday while openly carrying the gun he had purchased on Friday. Coleman said a man, about 19- to 23-years-old, approached them, asking for a cigarette. Coleman said the man then inquired about Coleman’s weapon, then pulled a pistol from his own waistband and said, ‘I like your gun. Give it to me.'” According to oregonlive.com, the pistol that caught the covetous eye of the stick-up man was a Walther P22. Open carriers will tell anyone who will listen that it’s their right. And that open carry normalizes firearms for the muggles. Concealed carriers like the fact that no one knows they’re packing unless and until they need to. Is open carry more dangerous than carrying concealed?
I had the picture above taken, and wrote the story about it a month ago. It seems to have hit a nerve, because Moms Demand Action stole the picture and tried to use it to further their propaganda. It is one of the reasons that I copywrite these articles and allow for use *if the attribution line is included*. MDA didn’t include the attribution line, and now their use of the picture is backfiring on them (so to speak) . . .
I have a habit of daily checking out a number of online news sources. I try to stay informed not only of current events, but also of the talking points for various political and social issues. So when I saw yet another pro Shannon Watts article on ultra-progressive Yahoo!, I was originally not exactly shocked. It wasn’t until I read about 700 comments under the article (yes, I actually read that many) that I was mildly surprised. It seems that the anti-gun rhetoric has changed. Now not only are all gun owners uneducated, redneck, racist wife beaters with small penises who are afraid of the world, we are all BULLYING, RIFLE TOTING uneducated, redneck, racist wife beaters with small penises who are afraid of the world. You see, the breathless hoplophobes have recently lumped everyone who is pro 2nd amendment in with the folks who do open carry rallies with rifles. I think this is both a good and a bad thing . . .