It is disappointing when an ostensibly pro-rights forum sinks to engaging in reasoned discourse simply because the member in question had the temerity to question a supposedly pro-rights organization’s stance on open carry in Texas. Unfortunately, this behavior does not appear to be unprecedented at the forum in question.
It is even more disappointing when an ostensibly pro-rights competitive shooter and low-grade attention whore sides with two grade-A attention whores* when they decided to saddle up the open carry drama llama and engage in a delightful round of Blame-the-Victim Polo.
At this point, having hashed this ground into a fine mush of red Tennessee clay, I can only dredge up what I wrote last year:
I believe in freedom. Right up until your actions can be factually proven to detrimentally affect another person, against their will, in some specific and demonstrable fashion, you should be free to do whatever it is your little heart desires. This is not a matter of potentialities and probabilities and could-be’s, this is a realm of cold, hard facts.
I believe in choice. Whether we are willing to acknowledge all of them or not, we almost always have choices in any given, specific situation. I believe we should do everything possible to maximize those choices not only for ourselves, but for others as well. See above.
I believe in the sanctity of life. Our lives are the only things we truly own in this world, and, so far as we know, we only get one of them. As such, we should not only be permitted, we should be encouraged to do anything and everything necessary to protect those lives from anyone who would deprive us of them. Again, see above.
… with the following caveat: the concept of "freedom" does not mean "freedom to do only do what I agree with" or "freedom to do things I like"; it means "freedom to engage in whatever activities a person may enjoy or appreciate so long as they are not directly, detrimentally affecting another person against their will". Freedom carries with it the possibility that some people will be stupid, that some people will abuse those freedoms, that some people will, knowingly or not, provide a horrific face to "your" cause.
This is the nature of "freedom". This is life. Deal with it.
But if your method of "dealing with it" is to encourage people to limit their own freedoms, or limit other people’s freedoms, I will be perfectly blunt: you are wrong, and you are doing more damage to the cause of protecting and preserving our rights than any "ass-clowns" you might care to name.
(* – One of whom has a particular predilection of putting photographers downrange during a live-fire exercise right next to targets people were actively shooting, pretty much ruining any credibility he might have otherwise had in my eyes.)