Last weekend in Dallas, Texas, nearly 40 armed gun advocates gathered in a parking lot of a restaurant where a local chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America¬†was meeting. MDA was formed by concerned mothers after the violence at Sandy Hook. The men wanted to exercise their right to convene peacefully with giant firearms because – ‘Mericuh. Duh.
From Think Progress:
According to a spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action (MDA), the moms were inside the Blue Mesa Grill when members of Open Carry Texas (OCT) ‚ÄĒ an open carry advocacy group ‚ÄĒ ‚Äúpull[ed] up in the parking lot and start[ed] getting guns out of their trunks.‚ÄĚ The group then waited in the parking lot for the four MDA members to come out. The spokeswoman said that the restaurant manager did not want to call 911, for fear of ‚Äúinciting a riot‚ÄĚ and waited for the gun advocates to leave. The group moved to a nearby Hooters after approximately two hours.
The mothers released a statement that said the members of the group and restaurant customers were ‚Äúterrified by what appeared to be an armed ambush.‚ÄĚ Texas bans the open carry of handguns, but not all firearms. The moms also referred to the group as a bunch of “gun bullies.” I agree. From their Facebook page:
WHAT ARE THESE MEN DOING? No, they’re not military defending our country or police responding to a mass shooting. They’re members of¬†Open Carry Texas¬†and they showed up earlier today to protest a membership meeting being held by four members of Moms Demand Action inside a restaurant in Dallas. These men, armed with semi-automatic rifles, terrified customers and passersby.
Let me get this straight – a group of what looks to be about 40 men thought it was necessary to convene in a parking lot and arm themselves to send a message to four mothers? The group said, “We heard the Moms Demand Action group was meeting at Blue Mesa so we crashed their anti-gun party.”
A member of OCT responded by tweeting, ‚ÄúI guess I‚Äôm a #gunbullies #Comeandtakeit,‚ÄĚ but the group insists they weren’t there to intimidate. Yeah. #Comeandtakeit doesn’t sound intimidating at all. This is truly amazing. When a group of men find it necessary to gather and intimidate four unarmed women – I know it’s a cause I would never want to get behind, guns or no guns.