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A cut-up 2014 NRA membership card; image from Open Carry Texas press release, June 2nd, 2014
The image accompanying the Open Carry Texas press release. So sad.
A few days ago the NRA blasted members of Open Carry Texas for their "hijinx" of wandering into restaurants and other public places loaded for bear. Turns out it was making the NRA sad; they're worried that actually watching people live out the NRA fantasy of taking assault weapons everywhere in case someone needs shootin' tends to make both the public and the politicians in the NRA's back pocket antsy, so the NRA non-respectfully asked the society of future American serial killers to tone it down a bit.

So now Open Carry Texas is fighting back with their own public statement. Crazy person fight!

It is unfortunate that an organization that claims to be dedicated to the preservation of gun rights would attack another organization fighting so hard for those rights in Texas. [...] The NRA has refused to learn for themselves how Open Carry Texas (OCT) conducts itself other than what the liberal media and Bloomberg funded gun control extremists have falsely portrayed.
What's falsely portrayed? Your group is the one that's been filming these things and taking commemorative Look-At-Mah-Gun photos. You do know that, right?
Already, OCT members are posting pictures of themselves cutting up their life membership cards. If they do not retract their disgusting and disrespectful comments, OCT will have no choice but to withdraw its full support of the NRA and establish relationships with other gun rights organizations that fight for ALL gun rights, instead of just paying them lip service the way the NRA appears to be doing. The NRA should have instead released a statement to the effect that it applauds our groups for coming together and finding new methods to promote safe and responsible open carry.
While this fight plays out, another one is beginning. The Open Carry crowd demands they be allowed to attend the Texas Republican Party Convention with their life partners, by which I mean their guns—but they won't get to, because Republicans are tremendous hypocrites:
Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri clarified that open-carry demonstrators would not be able to bring their weapons inside the convention center during his party's state convention later this week. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Anna Tinsley reported that Munisteri issued a statement saying that “anyone carrying an openly exposed weapon will be asked to do so outside of the building.”

Tinsley added that some open-carry supporters still intend to try to bring black powder guns inside, claiming that they are not considered firearms under Texas law.

Apparently the Republican Party does not feel that a bunch of yahoos of unknown mental status wandering around their own convention with loaded AR-15s would make anything safer, even though we're all supposed to feel very safe and protected when the same yahoos do it in a public restaurant or home improvement store. Well, at least they probably can't shoot their own foot off with a musket. Probably.

Originally posted to Hunter on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 10:18 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Daily Kos.

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