The second amendment has become one of the most polarizing in the nation, and for some gun right defenders there is literally no end to the situations in which they will promote the right to bear arms. Fighting gun control restrictions in the media and in the legislature is one thing, but some of the venues that some gun rights activists are using, and some of the situations that they believe are great times to advocate carrying weapons are, well, bewildering to say the least. Here are ideas you have to wonder, did someone really believe this was a good way to promote guns?
1) Let drunk people carry guns. No, one, even the NRA, thinks that combining drinking and guns is a good idea. At least, they didn’t back in 2010, when he NRA publicly opposed bills that would allow concealed carry permit holders to bring their guns into bars and restaurants that “predominately” served alcohol. However, those bills may be making a comeback. A recently proposed Kansas City ordinance would have made it okay for permit holders to be armed while they are out drinking. The bill failed, but more disturbing is why it was proposed in the first place — Missouri state law already makes it legal to be drunk and armed in public. “Under Missouri law, intoxicated people with conceal-carry permits can have their gun as long as they don’t use it in a negligent way,” reports KMBC News. One lawmaker compared it to saying “Well, it’s OK if you drive drunk, as long as you don’t hit anybody. You just have to be real careful.”
2) Waving a rifle during your CPAC speech. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is in a very tight race for re-election, and the Republican knows he’s going to need his grassroots supporters to win it. He’s had his issues with the right recently, to the point where he even became subject to a Tea Party challenger, but he’s found his own way to get back into their good graces — by brandishing a gun at the Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend. The rifle was actually a present for a retiring Senator, but no doubt the act appealed to the party that embraces the 2nd amendment above all others. However, it did give his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, a chance to chide him on Twitter. “Someone tell @Team_Mitch that’s not the way to hold a gun. KY women do it better.”
3) Throw gun giveaways at church. Speaking of Kentucky, one church is highly concerned that their pews aren’t full enough, and they have come up with an unusual way to recruit new members. Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paduca, Ky., offered 25 guns during a recent steak dinner, and about 1300 people showed up for the event. According to NPR, this isn’t uncommon in Kentucky, where 50 different “get a gun” giveaways have helped bring more people to church. The guns are donated, rather than purchased with church funds. “We’re doing two things here. One, we’re going to talk about the Second Amendment to bear arms. But that isn’t the primary thing,” said David Keele, the church Sunday school teacher. “The primary thing is who Jesus is.”
4) Have George Zimmerman sign autographs at your gun show. George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin then pled self-defense under the state’s “Stand your ground” law, wouldn’t normally be the first person someone would think of when it comes to “Hey, celebrity gun endorsement!” That didn’t stop the New Orlando Gun Show, who invited him in to sign autographs, not even when the public outcry was so great that they had to move (and shrink) the event. Even better, the show producer is suing the original venue for cancelling, citing lost sales. Um, perhaps the sales would have been better without Zimmerman’s appearance.
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