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Two men with rifles inside a Chipotle restaurant
Not weird! Not scary!
You could not make this up if you tried. It only took a few days for the NRA to wash their hands of their previous statement asking Open Carry Texas to refrain from being gigantic public assholes. Not only are they apologizing for it, they're now saying it was all just a big misunderstanding:
In an interview on Tuesday with the organization's own news site, the head of the NRA's lobbying arm blamed a staff member's "personal opinion" for the content of an unsigned statement published Friday on the organization's website, and he apologized for "any confusion" the statement may have caused.
Ah, it was a rogue staff member who had a moment of clarity vis-a-vis whether a group of people showing up in Chili's with AR-15s, AK-47s and other rifles in hand was a good or a bad idea. Clearly it was a good idea! We're sorry! We regret ever implying that you are dysfunctional manchildren with sexual attachment issues as relates to your shiny guns, and/or poor spokesmen for our official and equally equally asinine position of demanding guns everywhere for all possible reasons no matter how many fine Americans might get murdered in the process!
"Ultimately, what this comes down to is a tactics discussion," Cox told NRA News host Cam Edwards. "Some people believe that the best way to effectuate that sort of policy change is in protest. And what they did in Texas is, some people decided to protest the absurdity of the ban on … open carry of handguns by carrying their long guns openly, and legally. Now, the truth is, an alert went out that referred to this type of behavior as weird, or somehow not normal. And that was a mistake. It shouldn't have happened. I've had a discussion with the staffer who wrote that piece, and expressed his personal opinion. Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners."
No matter how dangerous, inflammatory or batshit insane that behavior might be, he did not need to add. And it sounded like some staffer got his behind handed to him for not recognizing that the NRA was in fact fully devoted to batshit insane proto-terrorists parading around with their guns in an attempt to intimidate passersby into taking their cause seriously. Hell, half their 2015 NRA calendar pictures will be photos of pasty guys with assault rifles eating at various fast-food restaurants.
"It was a poor word choice in an alert that went out," Cox said. "But again, the underlying point here is: what is the best tactic to win? That's what we're interested in. We're not interested in distractions. We're not interested in arguing with the national news media over this. We're interested in winning."
Damn liberal media, taking our staffer's statement of momentary rationality and running with it. We'll tell you if we're about to have a rational thought, media, so don't go sniffing around looking for one unannounced. There will be flashing lights, and white smoke will billow from the office chimney, and birds will all sing show tunes.

All right, NRA, you've made your point. Never again will anybody give you the benefit of the doubt, we promise. We'll always assume you've taken the most belligerent, offensive, destructive position and if we see any hints that you might have just once done otherwise, we all promise to hold our tongues until you've beat the unruly staffer responsible into dazed submission.

Originally posted to Hunter on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 04:52 PM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Daily Kos.

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