You must have heard this.
A group calling itself "Open Carry Texas" decided to demonstrate its something or other last weekend and simply do what they claim "the founders" would have loved: lug their hardware into places where they and their weapons would be seen and noted. So they grabbed their assault rifles and showed up hither and yon, the sweet heat strapped over their shoulders.
All perfectly legal, of course. Nary a sinner in the bunch. All true, red-blooded Americans with a love affair with their country and their blessed guns. After all, with Obama, you never know when you'll need a uzi.
Turns out some panty-waist lefties complained that they weren't comfortable grabbing a latte with some yahoo toting an MPA 930 9mm carbine in line behind him. You know--this:
Okay, men and women shouldering assault rifles just isn't something you see every day, unless you frequent third-world airports. And besides, toting hardware and touting the second amendment is all perfectly legal and downright American.
Some of the those not armed that day complained. They hadn't stopped at Burger King to be assaulted by gun nuts festooned in ammo belts. Understandable. So a whole bunch of left-leaning restaurant chains--Wendys, Chilis, Sonic, among them--put up signs asking customers not to haul in their hardware. Some asked them to leave. Can you imagine?
Then, some mole at the NRA put out a note asking members not to brandish their wares all over the place because having chicken nuggets next to a gal sporting an M4 carbine was, well, "weird," and probably didn't aid in good digestion. Some gun-owners, this NRA guy said, "crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness."
"Open Carry Texas" went ballistic, metaphorically speaking, some members lambasting the NRA. After all, one of them said, the NRA was now siding with "the ultra-liberal gun-control bullies" in a group who call themselves "Moms Demand Action." Open Carry Texas was not amused. "The NRA has lost its relevance and sided with the gun control extremists and their lapdog media," said the group in a tweet. Some even burned their NRA cards. It's all perfectly legal.
On Tuesday, some NRA guy backtracked and backed off the whole "downright foolishness" thing. "Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners," he said. And then this: "The National Rifle Association unapologetically and unflinchingly supports the right of self-defense and what that means is that our members and our supporters have a right to carry a firearm in any place they have a legal right to be. If that means open carry, we support open carry."
It's all perfectly legal, after all.
On Wednesday, "Open Carry Texas" made peace with the NRA, lauding Wayne LaPierre's return his right mind.
So, Wendy's, here they come. Starbucks, here they come. It's all perfectly legal.
And all perfectly cuckoo.
Sleep well tonight. Open Carry Texas will be monitoring the situation. You never know about those Moms.