Say that title like a voice-over on a 1950’s sci-fi movie.
While I admit I fucking hate Texas, I will say this: Texas does give me a lot of things to write about.
Over the weekend, more specifically on Saturday, the city of Dallas was going about it’s typical weekend routines. City employees were surveying and planning the JFK50 tribute, people from all over the Metroplex converged on the city for whatever their hearts desired, people shopped, people rode the trains, people had lunch. That’s really important to remember. People. Had. Lunch.
At one of the Blue Mesa Grill locations in Dallas on Saturday, a group of mothers belonging to Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America met for lunch and to discuss the topics that this particular MDA group focuses on: gun safety and gun legislation in the United States. They sat in this unassuming restaurant, eating whatever the hell it is Blue Mesa Grill serves (I’ve personally never been there) and discussing their cause and their beliefs. They weren’t harming anyone. They weren’t holding a rally. They weren’t converting people to their cause. They were just having lunch, like everyone else in the damn restaurant was.
Suddenly, according to reports, a group of two-dozen to forty (yes, twenty-four to forty) men, women, and (allegedly) children (yes, allegedly children), as part of Open Carry Texas (OCT) arrived in the parking lot of the Blue Mesa Grill… and promptly armed themselves, waiting for the mothers who were having an unassuming lunch with more unassuming people to come out of the restaurant. One of the mothers saw what was going on and apparently tried to get the restaurant manager to call the police. The restaurant manager refused, claiming that he did not want to “incite a riot.” Alongside the confused and terrified mothers were the other patrons of the restaurant, who themselves were confused and terrified.
It took two hours, but the gun-toting OCT decided they were in the mood for wings and beer after standing in a parking lot waving their guns. They reconvened at a nearby Hooters.
And with that, we get to the part of the entry where I voice my opinions on the matter.
For a state like Texas — that boasts it’s superiority and it’s heritage — Texans sure as hell have to deal with a lot of shit on a daily basis. Our highways suck, our education system sucks, our governor is a moron, our legislature is made up of people just as moronic as our governor, our government has succeeded in suppressing the votes of minorities and banning the marriage rights of the LGBT community in our damn constitution. But, with all of that, I think the biggest problem in Texas is the gun culture. While I understand that the anti-gun control crowd exists all throughout the United States, here in Texas, it is probably the loudest, most arrogant, and dangerous. Texans believe that their state was founded with guns and, as far as a large percentage of Texans go, their interpretation Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is the only thing about the Federal government they agree with.
Note: God forbid you get into a verbal sparring match with a Texan. All they do is pull up their Wrangler jeans and oversized Texas belt buckles, spit their tobacco juice on the ground, and say with a grizzled, hick accent: “If you don’t like it, then you can giiiitttt ouuuttt!”
Anyway, back on topic. The fact that these men and women and (allegedly) children decided to take it upon themselves to sit in the parking lot of a restaurant, armed with enough firepower to waste everyone inside, for two fucking hours only because they caught wind that a group of women (yes, women) who believe in gun control were inside is truly remarkable and speaks volumes to the arrogance and idiocy that courses through the veins of this state’s citizens. I mean, seriously? They felt it was necessary to make their point in the most blatantly dangerous way possible to a group of women!
Come on, Texas. This is low… even for you.
These crazy gun protests have not been something popping up randomly. In fact, there have been several taking place less than a half-mile from my residence over the last few weekends. Each Saturday, like clockwork, a group of anywhere from five to fifteen people stand on an overpass (F.M. 3040 and I-35E) waving assault rifles and flying yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flags, screaming to everyone that we need to “Impeach Obama” and “Fight the Government”, since, you know, Obama has apparently done something worthy of impeachment and a resistance to the Federal government is apparently necessary for the survival of the American people. Anyway, these people crowd the overpass, causing traffic problems and inciting everything from confusion to panic, since, as I said before, they’re waving loaded weapons around.
Interestingly, my brother came to visit a couple of weeks ago and actually called the police on them. The Lewisville Police Department told him that they were “aware of the situation and have decided not to do anything about it.”
Honestly, I’m just waiting for the day they cause an accident.
Anyway, here’s the point. You absolutely have the right to protest. It’s guaranteed in the Constitution. But, your right is for peaceful protest and assembly, and as soon as you start putting the safety of others in jeopardy (this means you, Blue Mesa Grill gun nuts and Lewisville “Impeach Obama” Squad), then your right to protest is void and you are responsible for whatever happens after that. Any car accident becomes your fault. Any hysteria that caused is your doing. As it should be.
If these people want to protest, fine. If they want to scream at people that we’re living in a police state run by a Communist and that we need to take him out before he destroys the country, fine. But, it needs to be done peacefully and without making the public feel their safety is in jeopardy. Moreover, whenever the public starts calling into the police that said protest is making them worry about their safety, the police need to, at the very least, install police presence at the scene. They’re peace officers — it’s in their fucking title. With all that being said, these people who believe that everyone in America should own an AR-15 and who create public discourse to get their point across are actually violating the Constitution they so fondly harp on.
These protesters are, essentially, hypocrites. Dangerous hypocrites.
Addendum, Nov. 13, 2013: The source cited in the fourth paragraph of the article claims that OCT stayed in the parking lot of only 15 minutes or so. However, other sources used for this piece have claimed two hours. Essentially, the amount of time OCT was in the parking lot is in dispute.