Let’s be fair about this. The women-centric Gun Rights Across America protest in which the young man above participated is the only pro-gun rights demonstration I’ve seen that makes a Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America rally look like a One Direction concert. Then again . . . Would it be churlish of me to suggest that just as the mainstream media looks for camera angles that hide the size of MDA’s mini-mobs they might look for shots that minimize the popularity of a pro-gun get-together? Anyway, dallasnews.com reports that the women were joined by . . .
members of Come and Take It, which is pushing to legalize the ‘open carry’ of holstered handguns, and Let’s Roll Texas, the local arm of an organization that says it’s working to uphold the Constitution.
They plan to lobby the Texas Legislature in 2015 to end gun-free zones, which include schools and military bases. Texas has some of the least-restrictive gun laws in the country, but openly carrying handguns is illegal.
A fact that comforts some: people who were shocked – shocked I tell you! – by the demonstration at the spot where President Kennedy met his maker.
Tourists stopped to watch the protesters standing on the grassy knoll in the plaza where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
“This is terrifying,” said Patricia Bond of Snohomish, Wash. “We have guns in our house, but we don’t walk around with them and carry flags. … I’m from a completely different part of the country. This is shocking.”
You want irony? You know how Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America jefe Shannon Watts says the massacre at Sandy Hook inspired her to work for civilian disarmament? Same thing here, only opposite.
[Tammy] Koontz and [Carson] Davis said they became more active in the open-carry movement after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a 20-year-old fatally shot 20 children and six staff members.
“Children, by law, are required to go to school, and those are gun-free zones,” Davis said. “Anyone who is a responsible adult should be able to carry in school. The likelihood [of shootings] would drop to zero.”
Koontz and Davis, who also helps with a Facebook page called 1 Million Moms & Women for the Second Amendment, planned the demonstration to coincide with Mother’s Day.
“I think we got the message out there,” Koontz said. “I’m happy with it.”
And why not? They’re doing it for the children! I wonder if MSNBC will help spread their happiness, as they do for Shannon. Probably not.