The National Rifle Association is none-too-pleased with some open carry gun-rights advocates who have been brandishing their weapons a little too freely. That's right: the people who insist on bringing automatic weapons to Chipotle are too crazy for even the NRA to get behind.
This Saturday, 150 open carry protesters took their weapons to a Home Depot in North Richland Hills, Texas. It was the latest organized effort by some pro-gun groups to demonstrate support for Second Amendment rights by making a show of openly carrying loaded rifles in public places, after similar events at Chipotle, Chili's and Sonic restaurants. As it turns out, the NRA really didn't want them to do that. In fact, the NRA thinks its "weird" and "downright foolish."
While the NRA is all for the Second Amendment, and as am I, they are drawing the very important distinction between a small handgun (the kind that are usually eligible for conceal/carry permits) and an AK-47 (the kind soldiers use at war to fire off dozens of rounds.)
Even before Saturday's protest the NRA issued a statement acknowledging that a few dozen people marching on a public place with loaded semiautomatic weapons is not the best way to send a pro-gun message. While perfectly legal, they called the practice a "dubious" way to make your point and "downright scary" to those who aren't used to seeing that in public. It's counterproductive, too, as those restaurants have now banned guns in all their establishments nationwide in response.