On Saturday, nearly 40 armed men, women, and children waited outside a Dallas, Texas area restaurant to protest a membership meeting for the state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a gun safety advocacy group formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
According to a spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action (MDA), the moms were inside the Blue Mesa Grill when members of Open Carry Texas (OCT) — an open carry advocacy group — “pull[ed] up in the parking lot and start[ed] getting guns out of their trunks.” The group then waited in the parking lot for the four MDA members to come out. The spokeswoman said that the restaurant manager did not want to call 911, for fear of “inciting a riot” and waited for the gun advocates to leave. The group moved to a nearby Hooters after approximately two hours.
MDA later released a statement calling OCT “gun bullies” who “disagree[d] with our goal of changing America’s gun laws and policies to protect our children and families.” The statement added that the members and restaurant customers were “terrified by what appeared to be an armed ambush.” A member of OCT responded by tweeting, “I guess I’m a #gunbullies #Comeandtakeit.”
I see the point here but I have to disagree with the tactics.
I don't see the need to scare the shit out of a bunch of people who have no dog in the fight and were just trying to have some damn lunch.
Freaking them out so bad they wouldn't come out of the place for two hours is even worse.
Apparently this isn't the first time this has happened either.
This is not the first time that gun advocates have rallied at MDA events. In March, a group of armed men crashed a MDA gun-control rally in Indianapolis.
Bad form in my book, you are not helping your cause and are instead seriously reinforcing a negative image.
That makes all gun enthusiasts look bad and we don't want that.
This is the kind of shit the media laps up and runs with, it makes their job easy.
Wise up people.
I had a couple of comments hammering me about the picture above being taken out of context.
Here is the graphic I swiped from An NC Gun Blog as pointed out in the comments;
I am very much Pro 2nd Amendment but I still think intimidating a whole restaurant full of people who have no idea what is going on between the two groups is a bad idea.
The fact that a different picture is needed to counter the bad PR this caused proves my point.
Update #2- 11/12/2013
I'm still in a bit of shock to see this but Borepatch has linked to this post and has an opinion.