Sanity is the condition of having a healthy mind, or making decisions based on reason or good judgment and it hardly applies to gun zealots who cannot fathom one second of their pitiful existence without carrying loaded firearms. One is remiss to ever, in a million years, ascribe the condition of sanity to the National Rifle Association, but it seriously appeared the fanatical gun organization had a very rare moment of sanity last week in response to Texas open carry gun fanatics terrorizing the public. In fact, it was stunning that the NRA railed on the Texas gun-nuts for roaming through public places ready for open combat, likely because they knew it did not help their cause to arm every man, woman, and child in America so they counseled the open carry zealots to rein in the lunacy.
Of course, not even the NRA dare advise gun-crazed Texans to stop terrorizing the public and Open Carry Texas (OCT) lashed out at the mother organization with a credible threat that shook the NRA to its core. The lunatics at OCT said, “It is unfortunate that an organization that claims to be dedicated to the preservation of gun rights would attack another organization fighting so hard for those rights in Texas. The NRA has refused to learn for themselves how Open Carry Texas (OCT) conducts itself other than what the liberal media and Bloomberg funded gun control extremists have falsely portrayed.” Interestingly, it was not what the “liberal media” or “Bloomberg funded gun control extremists” portrayed, but what sane Texans and corporate restaurants said was an out-of-control, and terrifying, bunch of maniacs roaming the streets with assault rifles strapped across their backs.
Texas gun fanatics threatened the NRA that “If they do not retract their disgusting and disrespectful comments, OCT will have no choice but to withdraw its full support of the NRA and establish relationships with other gun rights organizations that fight for ALL gun rights. The NRA should have instead released a statement to the effect that it applauds our groups for coming together and finding new methods to promote safe and responsible open carry.” Losing members and full support of roaming bands of phony combat soldiers was too mortifying for the NRA and they quickly acquiesced to OTC’s demands and retracted their earlier comments they claimed were nothing but a “misunderstanding.”
On Tuesday during an an interview conducted by the NRA, the head of the NRA lobbying arm blamed a staff member for the “misunderstanding” and apologized to Open Carry Texas for “any confusion” the wayward staffer might have caused the guns everywhere movement. Apparently, what some Americans regarded as NRA sanity was simply a momentary lapse in the typical gun-crazed lunacy and they are sorry for offending Texas gun maniacs.
According to the NRA spokesman, the “confusion” was really a staffer’s mistake because the official NRA position is that “Ultimately, what this comes down to is a tactics discussion. Some people believe that the best way to effectuate that sort of policy change is in protest. And what they did in Texas is protest the absurdity of the ban on … open carry of handguns by carrying their long guns openly, and legally. The truth is, our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners.” No, and by expressing sorrow for a momentary loss of lunacy, the NRA put themselves in the position of supporting a bunch of maniacs intent on terrorizing Texas citizens with assault-style weapons.
This group of open carry maniacs is now the face of the National Rifle Association and any semblance of reason once attributed to the group vanished when they apologized to idiots making the case for gun control in America. The NRA can no longer claim their only advocacy is against background checks, or protecting Americans 2nd Amendment rights to keep firearms; they announced their advocacy is, indeed, to put guns on every man, woman, and child’s hip in every public place whether it is schools, churches, shopping malls, and public place in America as if it is still the Wild West.
For a moment, it appeared that there was a line in the sand even the NRA could not cross, but the frightening aspect of losing even one open carry zealot’s membership was too much to bear. One might have thought that OCT terrifying motorists that had no recourse but to seek redress from city government to prohibit phony combat soldiers from creating traffic hazards and frightening drivers. A move that incited gun maniacs to file suit in federal court to protect their 1st Amendment rights to defend their 2nd Amendment rights. It also seemed reasonable that after no-less than three corporate restaurant chains had to “politely request” AR15-toting men to keep their combat-style rifles at home or in their cars before dining out the NRA’s statement that OCT was hurting the gun-crazies cause would have stood, but that was not to be.
By apologizing, and acquiescing to the lunatic OCT demand for a retraction and mia culpa, the NRA made a bold statement that they support gun fanatics terrorizing the public to make a point that, one way or another, gun zealots will not rest until their 2nd Amendment rights to frighten the public into staying safely ensconced in the homes are fully secured. No American will ever again look at the NRA as anything other than as insane, belligerent, terrifying, and offensive as Texas open carry advocates, and if any American thought the NRA was even semi-reasonable, they were certainly disabused of that notion once and for all.
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