Cross-posted from Mike Malloy
Armed open carry advocates gather in front of the Capitol during South by Southwest.
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How outrageous does a certified gun-nut have to be before the NRA calls them "weird" and "scary?" In a fun little bit of summer entertainment, the NRA has spoken out against "Open Carry Texas," which has become the Westboro Baptist Church of gun organizations, with their in-your-face (and in-your-Starbucks) displays of semiautomatic weaponry.
The New York Daily News has more:
"Even the National Rifle Association thinks some Texas residents are taking public gun toting too far.- Advertisement -
"The notorious gun lobby has slapped members of Open Carry Texas as "downright weird" for their insistence on bringing loaded semi-automatic rifles, including AR-15s and AK-47s, into family-friendly establishments like Chipotle and Starbucks.
"The statement, released Friday, came one day before a throng of some 150 people, some armed with semi-automatic rifles and copies of the U.S. Constitution, assembled peacefully outside a Home Depot in North Richland Hills, a Dallas/Fort Worth suburb."'We're fundamentally changing America and changing Texas,' Mark Thompson, armed with a Beretta semi-automatic rifle during the rally Saturday, told the Dallas Morning News."We're letting people know they're free."