I am as pro 2nd ammendent as anyone. I am a gun collector. I have over 50 weapons. I currently have over 10,000 rounds of ammo in storage. I am not a hunter. I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I do not support any new gun laws. I own 10 of what liberals were call assault weapons (3 AK’s, 3 Ar’s, Uzi, 2 M1 Carbines, and a M14)
But I do think that many actions of 2nd Amendment Activists are helping the anti-gunners and hurting the pro-gun side.
Texas Pro_gun VS MDA
The recent case in Texas. Where a large group of pro-gun, open carry activists showed up outside a meeting in a restaurant by a very small group of the Mother’s Demand Action (MDA) group. These pro-gun supporters showed up heavily armed and opening carrying, because they wanted to intimidate the MDA group.
The photo gained national attention this recently after it was released by the gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. Taken at a distance and from the side, it showed the armed protesters gathered in a parking lot, staring forward, with some kneeling, their guns in hand.
Moms Demand Action pointed to it as proof the armed demonstrators had been trying to intimidate a small meeting of the gun control organization’s state chapter that was taking place at a restaurant in Arlington.
From what I here, a member of MDA came out and asked this group to pose for a picture. Here is that picture:
One member took this picture above. While a 2nd member of the MDA group took the picture that looks like the protest group is ready to attack the restaurant.
These people were trying to help the pro-gun side and unfortunately, the Intimidating picture was released by MDA and appeared in hundreds of websites and newspapers .Moms Demand Action pointed to it as proof the armed demonstrators had been trying to intimidate a small meeting of the gun control organization’s state chapter that was taking place at a restaurant in Arlington.
The 2nd picture taken at the same time shows a more innocent purpose. They were simply posing for a picture. But the damage was already done. Millions of people in America got the idea that Anti-gun groups are dangerous and they are trying to intimidate a group of woman having a quiet lunch. This was a tremendous victory for MDA over the pro-gun side. The MDA took advantage of the pro-gun group. Very few media sites ran the 2nd picture, so the violent pro-gun idea went nationwide. I
I participate in local counter protest to OFA Anti-gun Rally
A few months ago, I participated in a Pro-Gun rally that was quickly put together to counter an anti-gun really by the Organizing For Action (OFA it’s Obama old campaign group that now runs demonstrations for more gun laws and also runs many Pro Obamacare activities.
Several of the Pro-Gun organizations sent messages that a large turnout was needed at the local city hall.
The results were about 20 anti-gun protestors from Organizing for Action (OFA). OFA provided signs for the protestors. They just showed up and were given signs to hold. On the other hand, there were about 150 from the pro-gun side, including myself.
Here are the OFA Anti-gun protestors.
Here are some of the pro-gun protestors:
From these pictures, it was clear that the pro-gun side completely won this protest. In fact, from the street, you couldn’t even see the anti-gun crowd.
That’s not how it was covered my the local liberal media.
This picture appeared in the local liberal newspaper and on the OFA_NH and National OFA website and in newspapers throughout the state.
The pro-gun side won the actual event, but OFA won the battle of the media. The local media ignored the fact that anti-gunners were outnumbered 5-1. In fact, the OFA people sent letters to all the newspapers in the state, saying that they won this protest and that the anti-gun people were directly threatening and intimidating the anti-gun crowd. This did not happen. There were several police officers there that were supervising the protests. The Anti-gun people had a permit. The pro-gun people did not. So the anti-gun crowd got the city hall plaza. The pro-gun crowd got the sidewalk. I tried talking to several of the anti-gun protesters and they had been told”Don’t talk to the animals” meaning the pro-gun crowd. If you read the newspapers, OFA won and the pro-gun crowd was unruly and dangerous.
Open Carry leads to No Open Carry Law
The same pro-gun crowd showed up in force at the State House last year for a large armed protest when the state legislature was considering more gun laws. Only one new gun law was passed that session. The open carry group intimidated the state legislators so much, that they quickly passed a new law to outlaw open carry on the premises of State Government. No more open carry protests allowed on the State House and Senate groups.
Open carry activists have run amok in other states, and some states have responded with laws forbidding open carry.
I am not a fan of Open Carry Drama Queens
Many of these Open Cary Activists are extreme, and their activities will lead to more gun laws instead of less gun laws.
Have you seen all the videos on YouTube. These people wear an AK or a AR on their shoulders and walk through populated areas. When police notice them, they refuse to answer the police officers questions. Because “Open Carry is my right, and I don’t have to show my license or talk to the police because I am exercising my constitution rights” and other crap like this. I actually am on the police side on these things. The people involved are trying to provoke the police into behaving badly. That’s why there are always people with video camera’s filming these little staged dramas. I have no problem with the police asking a person with gun walking through downtown, “Hey why do you have a AK on your shoulder.” I don’t give a crap if it is a constitutionally protected activity. If you have a gun walking through a public area, it is the same thing as shouting Fire in a crowded Movie theater. You are trying to get attention or you want the police to act badly so you can sue them for damages. The pro-gun side does not need these drama queens and their Youtube videos. They are helping the anti-gun crowd and hurting out side.
The pro-gun side are winning most of actual protests in this country. But the Anti-gun side is winning the media war by taking advantage of the pro-gun side. If we don’t do something about this, we are in danger of losing our gun rights. We need to be more media savvy, because were are winning the individual battles but losing the media war.