On Thursday, a gunman opened fire on Dallas police officers, killing five and injuring seven others. The shooter used a Black Lives Matter event meant to bring attention to the recent police shootings of black men, to ambush Dallas officers and murder them. If only there had been a “good guy” with a gun at the rally to stop the bad guy who was picking off police officers….
According to The Dallas Morning News:
When rifle shots rang out in downtown Dallas during Thursday night’s protest, some of the demonstrators were also carrying rifles…[Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings] said Friday that about 20 people in “ammo gear and protective equipment and rifles slung over their shoulder” participated in the Black Lives Matter rally downtown on Thursday night.
The reason those twenty people were allowed to sling their guns over their shoulders and march through downtown Dallas is because of the state’s open carry law. The law was passed in January and at the time, gun right’s activists claimed it was necessary to keep people safe. Open Carry Texas President C.J. Grisham said, “A restriction has been removed, somewhat, that’s been in place for over 140 years on a right to keep barrel arms open in defense of ourselves and others.” In other words, Texas is supposed to now be a safer place because people like Grisham are allowed to openly carry their firearms.
So, what did those twenty open carry protectors of mankind do when the shooter opened fire on police? Surely, they took him out and saved Dallas, right?
When the shooting started, at different angles, they started running,” Mayor Rawlings said.
The entire reason the NRA and the gun nut activists said open carry was necessary was to defend Texans in a situation just like the one that happened on Thursday. But instead of doing what they promised to do, the ammosexuals turned and ran like everyone else. Their gun didn’t make them more courageous, they didn’t turn them into superheroes, the guns achieved absolutely nothing.
The NRA’s open carry talking point was destroyed on Thursday, but they will continue to say that it makes the country safer. The NRA and rest of the gun lobby will continue spread this bullshit narrative that more guns (and more visible guns) make the country a safer place. They will continue to say that liberals are trying to take their guns away. The right will continue to make the BLM movement look like a bunch of violent thugs getting together to target police and white folks. Meanwhile, the NRA supporters will continue to pay their fees and donate their hard-earned money to the group. The NRA will then turn around and give a kickback to the lawmakers who help spread the fear and make it possible for them to rake in the dough.
That’s the point of all of this, not actual safety. It’s a giant scheme to make the NRA’s board rich and the GOP’s campaign coffers full.
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