In a stunning moment of testicular fortitude and rational thought, the National Rifle Association on Friday distanced itself from the wheezy Americans parading about fast food chains with AK-47s.
Activists tied to the group Open Carry Texas recently garnered opprobrium and eye rolls nationwide for their social kamikaze mission into alienation. Members of the group have figuratively tiptoed on the tulips in public venues like Home Depot and Chipotle by literally openly carrying military-style assault rifles.
Calling the gun-happy folks “weird” and “counterproductive,” the Institute for Legislative Action (NRA’s lobbying arm) released a statement titled “Good Citizens and Good Neighbors: The Gun Owners' Role” detailing what the organization finds to be poor judgment on part of Second Amendment enthusiasts fetishists.
Carrying an assault rifle to assert open-carry rights just isn’t all that neighborly, affirms the gun rights organization.
“Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense” says the NRA, but also “it shows a lack of consideration and manners.” Touching on the fact that most of these terrifically surreal demonstrations occurred recently in Texas, the NRA concludes these demonstrations are “not the Texas way,” and “certainly not the NRA way.”
The 5 million member NRA seems to have softened its tone now that their previous implied position (More guns, more freedom) hasn’t really caught on with most Americans. Now, the organization says that gun rights advocates “owe it to each other to act as checks on bad behavior before the legal system steps in and does it for us.”
This type of position is particularly ironic, but welcome, given the fact that gun rights enthusiasts have regularly carried assault rifles in an arguably menacing way in public.
Some have also taken the recent tragedy in California to make a cheap political point, like when Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher (who got his 15 minutes of fame during the 2008 election, when the McCain campaign recruited the very angry Ohioan to be their "John Everyman") wrote an open letter to troll the families affected by the murder spree, and America.
“As harsh as this sounds,” Wurzelbacher wrote on Barbwire.com, “your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”
Apparently, the NRA sort of disagrees with this approach.
The consequences of overzealous, insensitive actions on part of gun owners could change “an undecided voter into an antigun voter because of causing that person fear or offense,” the NRA noted. “In ways small and large, we are all in this together, and we all have a role to play in preserving our cherished freedoms for ourselves and future generations.”
UPDATE: Uh, nevermind!
In an unsurprising reversal, the NRA is now distancing itself from itself and its own statements that might've hurt the feelings of those who like to carry AK-47s inside Chipotle restaurants. In a Facebook post just two business days after their original statement calling the open carry demonstrators "weird" and "counterproductive," the NRA released another statement decrying their own previous statement.
Apparently, the NRA's chief lobbyist, Chris W. Cox, says the NRA's previous, sensible statement "shouldn't have happened" as it is not the NRA's "job to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners."
In a depressing cave-in to a movement the NRA previously called unneighborly and unnecessarily provocative, Cox affirmed, "Unequivocally, we support open carry."