The gun debate is getting nastier in America. And look who’s coming out for being just a tiny bit more responsible with weapons: the National Rifle Association.
What is happening in Texas is a good response to a bad and potentially dangerous situation.
Don’t worry, Kansas and Missouri: We likely will have this debate pretty soon, too, as gun laws become looser and more ridiculous in both states.
In recent weeks, gun advocates in Texas have been toting around their military-style assault rifles in public and into businesses. It’s all part of demonstrating their rights to “open carry” their weapons in the state.
But customers in restaurants and other businesses have had a natural reaction to seeing these kinds of weapons up close: People are freaking out.
Swooping to the rescue: the NRA.
Its lobbying group — the Institute for Legislative Action — has posted a social media message that calls the actions “downright weird.”
“Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners. That's not the Texas way. And that’s certainly not the NRA way.”
Open Carry Texas fired back, saying it just might have to drop out of the NRA.
Granted, this isn’t a major turnaround for the gun lovers in the NRA. They still aren’t going to support sensible gun regulations, even in light of the latest mass shootings in California and other states.
So we can be at least a bit grateful that the NRA has drawn a line it doesn’t want gun lovers to cross.
After all, you wouldn’t want the gun crowd to look like it has a few members with loose marbles in their heads, right?
Especially after guns kill hundreds upon hundreds of people every year in the United States.
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