In other words, the unnamed writer pulled a Zumbo.
Here are the offending sentences:
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.The writer simply ignores the positive effect that the open carry demonstrations have had in Texas, where the open carry of modern handguns is effectively banned. Because of the demonstrations, both governor candidates have pledged to support the open carry of handguns if elected.
It was only because of successful disinformation campaigns by those opposed to the Second Amendment that the restaurant chains issued their mild half-rebukes, while still refusing to ban open carry in their restaurants. The NRA cites the Jack in the Box case, based on what amounts to a hoax. The original story that those opposed to an armed citizenry published was that the restaurant workers were so scared that they locked themselves into the cooler/freezer. Except it never happened. I do not know about the Chipotle incident. I was not there, nor have I read reports of the people who were there or have I seen video of it. But Second Amendment opponents seldom have to worry about exaggeration or outright falsehoods. Their old media allies cover for them.
The NRA-ILA writer then points a finger at open carriers, not realizing that three of his own fingers are pointing back at him:
But when people act without thinking, or without consideration for others – especially when it comes to firearms – they set the stage for further restrictions on our rights. Firearm owners face enough challenges these days; we don't need to be victims of friendly fire.Unfortunately, the writer did exactly what he preached against. His words have become a classic case of "friendly fire" directed at one's own troops. Using words such as "weird", "dubious", and "scary" to describe a political movement that has gained a multitude of grassroots supporters and seen significant success in Texas, is particularly unwise. He could have warned about Second Amendment opponents predilection to exaggerate and use emotion. Instead, he seems to buy into his opposition's disinformation campaign.
I suspect that the writer, unnamed, will escape the Zumbo label. They ought to reflect on their near miss, and exercise better judgment in the future.
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Update: NRA says criticism of open carriers was a mistake:
Posting the criticism "was a mistake," he said. "It shouldn’t have happened. I’ve had a discussion with the staffer who wrote that piece and expressed his personal opinion. Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners. Our job is to effectuate policy changes that expands and protects our members’ right to self-defense."