NRA goes rational, calls open-carry Chipotle protestors “weird”

By Josh Kruger
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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."

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1. sonny said... on Jun 3, 2014 at 03:49PM

“The NRA has always been a rational organization contrary to a remark in this story. Further, the NRA is about the shooting sports, mostly on the shooting range. The NRA gets involved with politics only because they (we) are forced to by the ideology of the left wing. We strongly believe in our Second Amendment rights and mobilize when those rights are threatened by the left. We further believe that our crime problems are not about guns. Crime problems are about criminals. Put them in jail instead of placing yet more of the already significant legal burdens placed on law abiding citizens who own forearms and we'll all get along just fine. Blame the NRA or law abiding citizens and the left will get strong opposition. That's how it is folks.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jun 3, 2014 at 04:01PM

“The USA already has more people in jail than any other country, so throwing criminals in jail obviously hasn't made any progress in reducing the number of school shootings. It's not cheap either.

The NRA is not a rational organization anymore. No rational organization would oppose public health research of gun violence, but the NRA does, because they have morphed into an extremist lobby for arms dealers. They don't give a damn about public safety.”

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3. Bryan said... on Jun 4, 2014 at 01:18PM

“When the NRA first started drifting from an organization endorsing responsible gun ownership to becoming a "no laws on guns, period" type of group was in the late '60s. Of course it took a long time for them to drift to the extreme position they now endorse. Along the way they lost an awful lot of responsible gun owners, myself included, because we simply could not support a group whose primary public face is to oppose even reasonable gun laws.
There for a bit I thought there might be some hope that they would regain their sanity but Cox seems to have put a kibosh on that idea.”

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