I think, by now, I have established that I am a firm, if not ardent, supporter of open carry. I absolutely believe that it should be legal everywhere, regardless of its “acceptability” to the the general public, and that not even a permit should be necessary to do it.
All that said, get the hell off my side, Open Carry Texas.
Seriously. If your half-baked tactics have functionally failed three times in a row, it is well past time to rethink those tactics, not double-down on stupid. And, yes, Open Carry Texas, you have failed, and it is specifically your fault.
This is not to say that the useful idiots at Moms Demand Action and the rest of the “gun sense” crowd have won – they decidedly have not, despite their vociferous claims to the contrary – but OCT has unquestionably lost, and along with them, the pro-rights movement as a whole is losing ground thanks to their actions.
No, Chipotle has not actually banned firearms on their premises, just like Starbucks and Jack in the Box have not actually banned firearms on their premises, and that is why Shannon Watts’ claims of “victory” ring hollow; until those companies legitimately post their premises, nothing has changed. However, all three companies have come out with varying versions of, “Leave us the hell alone, and leave your firearms at home,” all thanks to OCT actively making this an issue and forcing the companies to respond.
The simple truth is that these fast-food joints, like all companies, just want to make money. Introducing a contentious and strife-ridden concept into their business plan – which Open Carry Texas has enthusiastically and clumsily done – is bound to annoy them, and when someone offers them an easy solution to the situation, they will jump on it. Obviously they are not going to actually post their premises, because they know that will cut into their revenue stream, but they are going to do exactly what they have done – take a stand against being used as a soap box for someone else’s political hobbyhorse.
So how about we stop doing that, huh?
If you actually want to normalize open carry, you do that by acting normal while openly carrying. This is not rocket science folks. And, no, making a spectacle out of yourself, and posing for pictures, and all the rest of that nonsense is not “acting normal”. Nobody likes the in-your-face evangelical who runs around restaurants shoving those freaky little mini-Bible-books into people’s hands, but no one bats an eye at someone wearing a religious-themed shirt (unless, of course, you try to wear it into a public school, but that is another topic for another time).
Open Carry Texas, your tactics are not working, they have not worked, and there are absolutely no indications they are going to work. How about you take the time to reconsider your tactics and perhaps figure out something that, I dunno, somehow manages to not alienate every restaurant and commercial establishment out there?
Or you can keep doing the same stupid thing over and over again and expect different results; you know, the very definition of insanity.
In related news, did you hear about the restaurant in Durham that posted their premises as “gun-free” and, wait for it, was recently robbed by armed gun men? One hopes the “gun sense” movement takes note of this, but something tells me they are incapable of such introspection.