Open Carry Texas, a gun rights organization has been terrorizing "Moms Demand Action" online and in person

open carry texas, mdaAccording to Merriam-Webster, the definition of terrorism is “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.” And the definition of terrorize is “to cause someone to be extremely afraid” or “to force someone to do something using threats or violence.” Folks in the United States usually wave their arms toward the Atlantic ocean and say “Yeah, terrorists are over there.” There are indeed terrorists all over the world, some are rather focused on the U.S. There are also terrorists right here at home. Terrorists who use violence or the threat of violence to try and achieve a political goal. Terrorists like Open Carry Texas.

This past Saturday, the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America held their local meeting in a Tex-Mex restaurant. As the moms were eating lunch, a convoy of automobiles entered the parking lot. Out of the cars and trucks came members of Open Carry Texas, a “gun rights” organization. Armed with handguns and assault rifles, the members of OCT, who were accompanied by CHILDREN, proceeded to stand in the parking lot and wave their guns around.

Yep, I called them terrorists. Go back the definition; Use of violent acts. I’m sorry, but a heavily armed group of gun nuts standing in a parking lot strikes me as a wee bit violent. Cause someone to be extremely afraid. Open Carry Texas is so threatened by the idea of sane gun laws, they armed themselves to the teeth, dragged their own kids along with them into a parking lot and tried to terrorize a group of moms.

What are they so afraid of, these terrorists? Background checks for online gun purchases so a recently released violent felon can’t just pop over to Armslist and buy whatever the hell he wants? Oh I know, Armslist has a little popup you have to read before you can access the website that makes you pinky swear you’re not going to anything illegal with your new gun. I’m sure that popup is really effective, because someone trying to circumvent the system by going to the Craig’s List of guns would never, ever do something illegal.

Open Carry Texas hasn’t stopped attacking MDA. They sent MDA an email:

“We had a great time today walking through San Antonio with our semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. The best part was that the reaction was very positive and supportive. People are “getting used” to seeing and being around guns and police have come to accept it and don’t even question us anymore. What we are doing is working and society is coming to view the sight of “military style rifles” in public as just another normal thing. Isn’t that a good thing?”

mdaShannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action often shares the messages she and the other leaders receive from gun nuts. I use that term because no sane person would threaten to rape another human being because they don’t agree with their beliefs. Or send violent comments, detailing how they (the gun nuts) would like to murder members of MDA. That’s not normal behavior, yet these are the same kinds of people who showed up in a parking lot on Saturday to intimidate ladies who were lunching. You know what other group uses threats of violence and murder  to try and frighten people with whom they don’t agree? The Taliban.

Open Carry Texas, by the way, discovered the location of this horrible, scary luncheon when a member of their group pretended to be a member of Moms Demand Action. In other words, MDA was infiltrated by someone posing as something they are not in order to gain information that would enable OCT to threaten moms eating lunch.

Rick Ungar of Forbes wrote an in depth piece on this event and has been updating it frequently. It turns out that when the manager of the restaurant called the police, he was told the terrorists were within their legal right. Texas allows you to carry a long gun if you are not using it in a “menacing” fashion, so without even seeing what the hell these people were doing, the police took their side. A cruiser eventually came to check on the situation, but by that time, the “gun rights activists” were walking down the street. Then they went to Hooters.

Menacing. People in the restaurant were scared out of their wits. That seems pretty menacing to me. The thinly veiled threats OCT has sent to Moms Demand Action since Saturday, including part of a Facebook message that read “BTW….The weapons….You know……. ( The guns)….They are real….and loaded……We are safe with them but those mindless zombies you put out….I’m not so sure of them…………So tell your zombies not to grab them or attack us!” seem menacing. This Tweet sent by a member of Open Carry Texas seems menacing:

I guess I’m a #gunbullies #Comeandtakeit.

Let me close with this thought. Calling Moms Demand Action and their supporters (like me) zombies because we want to protect innocent lives is quite ironic. I think the zombies are the people who, in the days and weeks following the massacre of 20 little kids, went out and bought the exact same weapon used to blow those kids apart. The zombies are the people who support giving guns to 5-year old kids only to have one (or more) of those kids accidentally shoot and kill his 2-year old sister, or the babysitter who leaves her loaded hand gun on a table and her 5-year old charge shoots himself in the head.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Felons able to buy guns online, kids shooting themselves or others, and a group of domestic terrorists waving semi-automatic firearms around in a parking lot. I guess the “well regulated” part just doesn’t matter anymore.

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Open Carry Texas @ Moms Demand Action Luncheon


  1. They’re a domestic terrorist organization (look up “terrorist” in the dictionary: they’re trying to spread fear; they’re using intimidating methods to coerce people).

  2. Erin,
    The OCT is not the problem here. The problem is guns getting into the hands of mentally unbalanced people who will go nuts with them. The OCT is obviously made up of law abiding people because they didn’t kill anybody at the Mom’s Demand Action meeting. They could if they wanted to, but because they didn’t, it proves to me that they are responsible gun owners.

    I don’t think the OCT is as concerned about background checks as a law by itself.. They realize that every law that is enacted may eventually lead to a law that outright outlaws gun ownership, so they want to keep the laws from going down that slippery slope. We do need gun laws, just as we need motor vehicle laws. Nobody is suggesting that we take cars away from people, and yet the rate of intentional and unintentional vehicle homicide in the U.S. is a big problem as well as gun violence. Years ago, a lady in Houston ran over her husband on purpose. There was a TV movie made about this incident. To be fair, the law does take away the licenses of repeated DWI offenders, but that doesn’t take away easy access to a car that they can either borrow of steal, and get behind the wheel drunk and kill themselves and other people. Repeated DWI offender’s cars would most likely be impounded and sold at auction if I’m not mistaken. I’ll have to check on that. They wouldn’t need a car in jail anyway.

    One time I was in NYC in a subway station late at night, and this black man who looked like he was a drug addict came up to me and stood in front of me while I was sitting on the bench and stared at me. I put my hand in my coat pocket and waived it as if to say, I’m armed, go away or else. He went away. That lesson taught me that everybody (who is sane and rational) needs a gun to protect themselves. If I had a gun, and he tried to mug me, he would have had several pieces of lead in him for sure.

    Read that ‘well regulation militia quote again. This time pay attention to the commas. Commas separate ideas and concepts in some cases can also combine them. There is a comma between “A well regulated militia,” (comma) and “being necessary,to the security of a free state,”.(comma) The comma combines the concepts of a militia providing security for a free state.

    The comma that follows the word ‘state’ separates out the concept of a militia being necessary for our security from the next part of the quote, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, (comma) shall not be infringed.” Therefore, the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” is a separate concept from a militia being necessary for our security. The comma after the word ‘arms” combines the concept of the right of we the people to keep and bear arms with the concept that that right shall never be taken away. So therefore the concept of a militia bearing arms is separated from the right of we the people to bear arms.

    There is a much clearer way to express this whole thing. The original in my opinion as written is not immediately clear in it’s meaning. Here’s how I would write it:

    “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and in addition, a well regulated militia will be established to provide for the security of our country’s citizens from aggression by foreign or domestic enemies.”

    Now doesn’t that make the meaning of the original quote clearer?


    • A well thought out and lucid response for which I thank you. Now can you address the similarities between the tactics used by Open Carry Texas and other “gun rights” supporters and a terrorist group? Threats of murder, rape, intimidation, the battle cry of Oathkeepers (molon labe or come and take it)? I truly believe the reason people who are so unhinged that they feel the need to march around in a parking lot, scaring 4 moms having lunch are against universal background checks is they would never pass one.

      As to the rewrite of the Second Amendment, no, it does not make it any clearer. We do not need a militia. No one needs to wander around a mall or a parking lot or a soccer field armed to the teeth. What we do need are federal laws requiring background checks at gun shows and for online purchases, a limit on ammunition and better mental health care. But groups like Open Carry Texas disagree with that, and believe they have the right to threaten, intimidate and terrorize those of us who support safer gun laws.

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