‘Downright Weird’ Gun Nuts May Lead to NRA Finally Losing the Political Battle On Gun Laws

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On Monday, a poll, conducted by Huffington Post and YouGov, was released. The poll asked Americans their feelings about open-carry gun laws and whether or not they were comfortable with armed customers in shops and restaurants. This poll is coming on the heels of recent stories of gun activists in Texas openly carrying assault rifles into restaurants. Last month, Mother Jones posted videos that showed members of the activist group Open Carry Texas entering both a Chili’s and a Sonic Drive-In with assault rifles and being refused service. The videos also showed irate customers who were appalled at the group’s actions. Due to the actions of Open Carry Texas and other like-minded ‘activist’ groups, seven national restaurant chains have decided to ban all openly carried weapons from their premises.

The poll reveals that a large majority of Americans do not want their fellow patrons to be armed when shopping in a store or eating in a restaurant. 55% of those polled supported bans from shops and restaurants on guns, while only 32% felt that customers should be allowed to carry on the premises. 13% were not sure how they felt about the issue. Even more people, 61%, expressed approval of the restaurant chain Chipotle’s decision to ask its customers to not bring guns into their restaurants, even if the restaurants are located in open carry states. Only 32% disagreed with the chain’s decision.

Now, while the poll was first released this Monday, the poll was actually conducted May 20th and May 21st. Therefore, the videos from Chili’s and Sonic hadn’t made the rounds yet publicly. Also, the mass shooting in Isla Vista had not yet occurred. It is very possible that if this poll was conducted today, we’d see an even more lopsided result in favor of gun restrictions in public places.

With gun advocates doing foolish things and making idiotic statements (I’m looking at you, Joe the Plumber), even the NRA has spoken out against its most loyal and fervent supporters and asked them to cool their jets. Over this past weekend, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action released the following statement condemning the actions of Open Carry Texas and asking that these gun advocacy groups not go out and act “downright weird.”

 

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 you can see, the NRA is terrified that these gun nuts will bring about a reversal of all of the deregulation and loosened gun laws that the NRA has worked so hard for these past few years. While they don’t want to outwardly offend these so-called activists, as they are their most loyal members and make the NRA’s real masters, the gun and ammo manufacturers, extremely happy as they are the biggest consumers of their products, they don’t want public sentiment to shift all the way over to legitimate gun restrictions, laws and regulations. They’ve worked far too hard and greased way too many palms to let the crazies (who likely make up a very large portion of their membership) ruin it for them.

However, it might be too late for the NRA and its conservative supporters. The perfect storm of another mass shooting, a bereaved father who is determined to get something done, asinine comments from conservative whack jobs and videos of gun nuts walking around carrying assault rifles may just be too much for the NRA to overcome this time around. The fact is, while gun and ammo sales continue to skyrocket, the large majority of households in this country do not even have a firearm in the home. This latest poll showed that only 22% of the respondents actually own a gun, with an additional 16% saying that a member of their household owns a firearm.

In March 2013, a poll from the General Social Survey revealed that the number of households that owned guns had fallen from 50% in the 1970s to 34% by 2012. However, we see gun and ammo sales increasing year by year. Therefore, what we are seeing is fewer people owning guns than in the past, yet those fewer people are now owning more and more guns. Essentially, if you are a gunowner, it is likely you own multiple firearms. Basically, the NRA and Republicans are appealing to group that is getting smaller and smaller as the years go by. However, that group is extremely engaged and energized come election time due to the fetishistic nature of their gun ownership.

For a long time, non-gunowners have not been extremely engaged when it comes to gun laws and restrictions as these weren’t really a high priority for them. However, with mass shootings becoming the norm, and gun nuts terrifying everyday citizens, it’s possible that the tide has finally turned against the NRA and gun manufacturers. They’ve pushed for fewer and fewer regulations so they can continue to make more and more money off of their gun-crazed base. Now, it appears that their loyal customer base might be the reason common-sense gun laws finally get passed in this country, much to their dismay.

 

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33 Replies to “‘Downright Weird’ Gun Nuts May Lead to NRA Finally Losing the Political Battle On Gun Laws”

  1. The NRA is administered by Crazy, they legislate for insanity and yet they call their most rabid supporters crazy. They have only themselves to blame for this culture of armed and dangerous paranoid delusional people and I can’t wait for the NRA to lose complete control. They have built a Frankenstein and even fire won’t scare these monsters.

  2. These gun goofs remind me of the Gestapo. They are intimidating and foolish which is a losing combination. Hopefully, they will not take it to the next level and begin shooting when someone defies them on the street. They are the “new kind of gangs”.

  3. I go out of my way to patronize stores that don’t allow open carry: I don’t trust strangers to make deadly decisions that not even the cops get right.

  4. HA! They created these idiots, now they are stuck with them…consequences anyone? By abandoning the original intent of the NRA, which was safety and cultivating the traditional, recreational use of firearms, and turning into a shill for the gun industry, they have finally reaped what they sowed. Same for the Republican party; by courting the religious right and the bat-shit crazy tea party into their tent just to get the votes, they are now stuck with the weirdos who crashed their party and took down their message. GOOD! …and hopefully, good riddance…the GOP and the NRA are as un-American as they come.

  5. They have gone too far. The majority of Americans believe in common sense gun laws. Now the gun nuts have shown us just how crazy they are we all need to make our politicians enact common sense gun laws. If they won’t, we will elect ones who will. Vote Democrat in every election!

  6. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good legislator passing good gun control legislation.

  7. If I see this sht anyplace I’m patronizing, the competition gets my business. Swing Lowe, sweet chariot!

  8. I like that PHOOEY(THE)RAT!! I came up with (N)o (R)esponsibility (A)ccepted,.. (N)ot (R)esponsible for (A)nything (N)o (A)countability (A)ccepted

  9. “…even the NRA has spoken out against its most loyal and fervent supporters and asked them to cool their jets.”
    =====

    Too little, too late.

    They created this monster, now they can live with it.

  10. I seriously doubt that a single one of these room-temperature IQ, short-shaft losers has any military/combat experience – they’d most likely soil themselves and run like little girls.

    Personally, if I feel the need to carry a weapon, I’m damn sure not going to advertise it.

  11. Extremism – like crack – overtakes a person’s mind; then these folks seek out other like-minded folk and they begin to live in a perpetuating self-absorbed and self-reinforcing circle of thought; and then the only way to stand out in this circle is to be even more wack-a-doo extreme than the “mainstream” of your own EXTREME group – driving it further and further into insanity!

    From guns, to “trickle-down”, to religiosity, to militarism, the wacko right is driving itself into the insanity ditch…..Unfortunately, like a developing car wreck, our media can’t seem to turn their eyes away…. and we are compelled by the image of their extremism.

    But one day, like the crackhead, we hit rock bottom…..

    The only thing we can hope for is the damage isn’t too bad when we get there!

  12. I know I’d go out of my way to AVOID patronizing any business that allowed open-carry in their stores…..

  13. I have thought of public service spots wherein criminals (actors) would thank the NRA and Republicans for the ability and 2nd Amendment right to get a firearm with which to commit and facilitate crime. Also some videos of mentally unstable people giving thanks that they didn’t have to go through extensive scrutiny when acquiring firearms with which to take lives. No doubt the NRA would scream that truth is a violation of their 2nd.Amendment rights…

  14. Conduct another poll!

    As Dr. King stated, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

    The NRA does not represent or work for We the People. The NRA represents corporations and profits. Our elected officials were elected to represent and work for We the People and not the corporations.

    ENOUGH! Put America and Americans first!

  15. And so what happens when “Open Carry” shows up on the steps of the NRA? Who will be the “good guy with a gun” THAT day?

  16. America’s latest mass shooting took place just over a week ago when a 22-year-old college student with a history of mental illness killed three people with a knife in his apartment before going on a shooting spree through Santa Barbara, Calif. By the time he took his own life, six people were dead and 13 wounded.

    The guns he used, a pair of Sig Sauer P226 handguns and a Glock 34 handgun, were registered to him and had been purchased from federally licensed gun dealers. Data collected by Mother Jones looking back at the weapons used in the last 30 years of mass shootings in the U.S. show that legal weapons are the norm.
    Click to see what type of weapons were used
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/national/weapons-and-mass-shootings/?wpsrc=AG0003336

  17. Wouldn’t it be poetic justice that the disgust that normal decent people, you know people who do not adhere to the NRA’s obscene philosophy would be enough to vote their political whores meaning Republicans out of office! We need to vote so NRA can be brought down! I hate NRA and everyone who believes in their philosophy!

  18. I believe people should be able to own firearms for hunting,target shooting and other legal related pastimes. Public display of assault style weapons is arrogant, childish and potentially very dangerous. It scares people. I believe that is the reaction these people are looking for. Their attitude seems to be “I have a great big gun and if it makes you uncomfortable when I walk around with it in public, tough sh#t”. You would think with all of the mass murders being committed with firearms, they would have the common sense to leave them at home.

  19. I’ve said all along that these nut cases are a greater threat to our 2nd Amendment rights than any politician ever thought of being, and when it gets to the point where public opinion forces the do-nothings in Washington to finally.. well, DO something .. these idiots will wonder why. And they’ll blame everyone and everything but themselves for it.

  20. NRA really means Nazi Racists of America. You ever notice you don’t see any brothers hanging out with these guys? 1) Because most of these nuts are probably wearing white robes and hoods at night. 2) A brother is smart enough not to make himself a target when the police arrive. Laughing my butt off at Open Carry Texas! Keep up the great work until every Restaurant chain in America bans you.

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