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40 Armed Gun Advocates Gather To Intimidate Anti-Gun Mom Group

1453450_462373367213922_2111917566_nLast 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) — an open carry advocacy group — “pull[ed] up in the parking lot and start[ed] getting guns out of their trunks.” 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 “inciting a riot” 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 “terrified by what appeared to be an armed ambush.” 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, “I guess I’m a #gunbullies #Comeandtakeit,” 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.

(photo: Facebook)

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  • elle

    Weren’t there to intimidate? I definitely call BS on that. Why else do 40 people need to bring their big guns where 4 unarmed women are meeting?

  • keelhaulrose

    Do these guys really think this is helping their argument? Gun control activists are for responsible gun ownership, showing up to intimidate a group of peacefully assembling women is not exactly a shining example of being responsible. It’s more a shining example of being an asshat.

    • Paul White

      The thing is, what a lot of gun control activist define as responsible gun ownership doesn’t at all equal what I define as responsible gun ownership. That includes Shannon Watts (who, yes, I despise). The way they protested was insanely stupid. I’m not sure they actually meant to intimidate though (which is disconnected enough to be mildly alarming in and of itself). The reasons I heard were along of the lines “We’re going to go and show them that we can have guns AND be peaceful.” Now, if they’d thought for 10 seconds, they’d have probably realized how it would be interpreted (and understandably so) but I actually do not think they meant to intimidate.

    • keelhaulrose

      I cannot imagine a situation where forty heavily armed men on a little street in America isn’t intimidating, and anyone with a brain would realize that. So either these are forty men sans a single brain or it’s forty men who knew it would be intimidating, but didn’t give a fuck about those around them. I’m sure it was the latter. And that’s dangerous. There’s nothing “responsible”about scaring civilians, and there were people not in the mom’s group who were scared. Just because you have the right to own it doesn’t mean you have the right to impede on other people’s right to walk down the street without feeling terrified.
      I’d be willing to bet every one of these men would be upset if I followed their child to school twirling a large knife, or stood outside the coffee shop where their wife was getting her java fix with a mace on my shoulder. According to them they should have the right to do so to my family and I with guns, but should the table be turned I bet they’d be complaining to anyone who would listen.

    • Paul White

      Actually, no. A lot of us don’t really worry too much about people simply having a weapon even in plain sight. And you’ll note I said that this idea was incredibly frigging stupid. There’s an attitude among a sizeable group of my fellow pro gun people that many people simply aren’t aware that guns can be carried safely and harmlessly by people and that repeatedly demonstrating it in public is a good way to normalize gun ownership and prove that guns are only dangerous in the hands of a person. It’s not a stance I agree with wholeheartedly.

  • brebay

    That sounds terrifying. I’m not pro-gun, but I can only see the head of the NRA doing a face-palm when he saw this. The extremists on your own side of an issue always do more damage to your cause than the opposition!

    • keelhaulrose

      While I agree about some leaders of the gun-rights side facepalming over this, Wayne LaPierre is close to certifiable himself, and would probably have been in there had his schedule allowed.

    • brebay

      See, I don’t even know enough about guns to know the guy’s name, lol. I just think most lobbyists are smarter than this, but if he’s not, I don’t doubt that for a minute either!

    • keelhaulrose

      He’s the NRA president, and his solution to everything is throwing more guns into the situation. According to him there would be no school shootings if all teachers were armed, and while he’s stopped short of saying the actual words, he’s gotten close to saying victims in other shootings are victims because they aren’t carrying guns. He’ll ignore other facts, like the Aurora theater was filed with smoke and more people shooting would create chaos and probably get more people killed, because that doesn’t jive with his “guns for everyone” mentality.

  • alice

    http://www.opencarrytexas.org/

    bwhahahaha. i hope Scott, their “great supporter” and apparent web developer, has some grammar and basic punctuation skillz too. thems is gonna need it.

    • Lindsey Sweet

      That felt extremely embarrased looking at that site! I hope they do too! I don’t understand how they think it educates people; all it would do would scare the crap outta me if I saw them walking down the street like that.

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  • FF4life

    40 armed men to protest 4 unarmed mothers at a restaurant? That sounds genuinely scary.

  • NicknamesAreDull

    There are crazy people on both sides of the spectrum, and when we give those crazies attention, it’s just going to encourage them. We need to quietly arrest/punish/whatever the extremists and not spread their stories around. They’re looking for attention and a reaction.

  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    How is it not intimidating for a bunch of men with guns to crowd a small group of unarmed women? I’d shit myself.

  • Edify

    Absolutely fucking ridiculous. Their penises must’ve felt threatened.

  • Gangle

    They seriously needed 40 big tough men with big tough guns to teach those pesky womenz a lesson? Gee, they must have really flaccid penis’s.

  • Shelly Lloyd

    I would have responded “See how powerful we unarmed women are! We are so amazing and powerful that even being unarmed these men were so scared and so frightened that they needed 10 big, strong, armed to the teeth men for each of us. Yep, you heard that right. 1 unarmed mom is the equivalent strength of 10, burly armed men. I am woman hear me roar.”

  • DeanaCal

    Oh this is so frustrating! ; I am pro responsible gun ownership, and people like this make us all look like militant crazies.

  • etothebtotheg

    Hi all. If you are interested in fighting for reasonable, middle of the road reforms of our gun laws, please consider joining Momsdemandaction.org. We have chapters in every state. We are also on Facebook. Just search for Moms Demand Action – to see a listing of our state chapter pages on Facebook. You don’t have to be a mom. We have many dads and dudes that are members.

  • scooby23

    And then they wonder why people think they’re nuts….

  • Valerie Finnigan

    Don’t trust anything these “MDA” people say. Besides co-opting the acronym of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, they are not above lying through their teeth. For instance, those forty “men” didn’t look like that many in the pictures, and many of them were women. So there goes “MDA’s” claim of the open carry gathering being a group of nothing but big bad menfolk picking on helpless little women.

    Furthermore, they weren’t so intimidated by the open carry group when they counterdemonstrated at gun rights rallies, some of their supporters even getting very close to people and making fun of them.