Is the NRA softening its hard line stand on the heels of recent events in Texas eateries? Could reason, reasonableness, and responsibility suddenly have taken hold in the rifled halls of the organization's executive offices? Has what has essentially become the lobbying arm of firearm manufactures anode gun dealers across the country finally showing signs of a conscience?
Answer? NO. And for that Lying Lester thanks the ghost of Ayn Rand!
First came the following...
|A statement from the NRA-ILA issued May 30, 2014... Now we love AR-15s and AKs as much as anybody, and we know that these sorts of semiautomatic carbines are among the most popular, fastest selling firearms in America today. Texas, independent-minded and liberty-loving place that it is, doesn't ban the carrying of loaded long guns in public, nor does it require a permit for this activity. Yet some so-called firearm advocates seem determined to change this.|
Recently, demonstrators have been showing up in various public places, including coffee shops and fast food restaurants, openly toting a variety of tactical long guns. Unlicensed open carry of handguns is legal in about half the U.S. states, and it is relatively common and uncontroversial in some places.
Yet while unlicensed open carry of long guns is also typically legal in most places, it is a rare sight to see someone sidle up next to you in line for lunch with a 7.62 rifle slung across his chest, much less a whole gaggle of folks descending on the same public venue with similar arms.
Let's not mince words, not only is it rare, it's downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one's cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates.
As a result of these hijinx, two popular fast food outlets have recently requested patrons to keep guns off the premises (more information can be found here and here). In other words, the freedom and goodwill these businesses had previously extended to gun owners has been curtailed because of the actions of an attention-hungry few who thought only of themselves and not of those who might be affected by their behavior. To state the obvious, that's counterproductive for the gun owning community.
More to the point, it's just not neighborly, which is out of character for the big-hearted residents of Texas. 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.
In summary, NRA certainly does not support bans on personalized guns or on carrying firearms in public, including in restaurants. We think people are intelligent enough to resolve these issues in a reasonable way for themselves. But when people act without thinking, or without consideration for others – especially when it comes to firearms – they set the stage for further restrictions on our rights. Firearm owners face enough challenges these days; we don't need to be victims of friendly fire. (Link).
Then came the walkback...
|NRA Apologizes For Calling Open Carry Protests "Weird" And "Scary"... The National Rifle Association is walking back its recent criticism of pro-gun activists in Texas, apologizing to protesters for the "confusion" over the powerful gun lobby's position on open carry of firearms. ...on Tuesday, NRA official Chris Cox was quick to renounce the statement, describing it as a "mistake".|
Yeah, Lying Lester was thinking that first statement was quite uncharacteristic of the NRA. It was a mistake. Lying Lester understands. We all make mistakes, even Lying Lester. Although Lying Lester making a mistake is very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very rare. Actually, statistically speaking, Lying Lester makes no mistakes at all.
I mean, as a percentage of all the times Lying Lester has been Right - all the times Lying Lester has made a "mistake" (been wrong) is under 1 percent. So, if you round down, Lying Lester has never been "wrong" or "made a mistake".
But that's neither here nor there. I was talking about the NRA and THEIR mistake (and it was a mistake). In regards to that mistake - Lying Lester realizes not everyone can be perfect like him, and Lying Lester accepts the NRA's apology. Just don't let happen again. Nobody would want this kind of rhetoric to be that which we grow accustomed to heating.
Also, I would suggest firing whoever authored that press release.
The NRA should surely not let any potential "public backlash" prevent it from consistently defending the rights of gun owners. Lying Lester is a gun owner and he was insulted by that first press release.
Keep fighting the good fight, Wayne. Lying Lester has your back.