The U.S. constitution grants the right to bear arms, although the definition of what exactly that means is the subject of much passionate debate. Every push to put restrictions on gun rights — either through mandatory registration, banning of certain types of fire arms or ammunition, or limits to who can purchase a weapon, such as those with mental illness or violent crimes in their backgrounds — has been met with a wall of opposition from supporters, manufacturers and special interest groups.
With news of violence becoming an every day occurrence, gun supporters have had to find new ways to commit themselves to ensuring that ownership rules remain lenient. However, some gun enthusiasts may be actually making their opposition’s argument for them through their own actions.
Here are five cases where attempts to show support for the Second Amendment may have, um, backfired:
A North Carolina man is being sought after firing a shot in a GNC, allegedly on accident. “A store employee told Wilkesboro police he and a customer were discussing guns and the Second Amendment when the customer pulled out a handgun to show him. The gun accidentally discharged, and the shot went through a printer,” reports a local news station. It seems likely that the customer was arguing in favor of gun rights before his firearm went off.
It’s pretty hard to look like anything but an intimidating jerk when you gather a bunch of pro-firearms folk to meet in the lot where a number of mothers who want to limit gun violence are having their own meeting, especially when you are standing there with your AK-47s out and ready. That’s exactly what Open Carry Texas did, and of course it terrified both the mothers at the meeting as well as bystanders. “Sadly, these bullies are attempting to use guns to intimidate moms and children and to infringe on our constitutional right to free speech,” Moms Against Guns founder, Shannon Watts, told the New York Times.
Everyone remembers the Alamo, where Texans famously attempted to hold off the Mexican army despite all odds. Also against all odds, a group of gun enthusiasts talked a local gun-friendly politician into giving them the keys to the historic site so they could stage a rally. A number of Texans felt uncomfortable about the idea, saying it was wrong to bring such a historic monument into an everyday policy issue. “You’re setting a precedent here,” one naysayer told Fox News. “Today it’s a gun rally. What is it going to be next month, next year?”
The group throwing the rally, unsurprisingly, is the same group that showed up to crash the Moms Against Guns event.
Is the place where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated really the best place for an open carry gun rally? It seems like really poor taste, if you ask me. Of course it was — yes, you guessed it — the folks of Open Carry Texas who did it. While their event at the Alamo was drawing a number of their members and supporters, those who couldn’t attend found another rallying spot in Dallas, at the site of the JFK murder. Apparently their argument was that a whole lot of folks with rifles would have stopped the president from being shot. Or maybe they just really like carrying guns in public.
A conceal and carry activist published a Youtube video about his intent to have 1,000 gun supporters march on Washington, D.C., with weapons, despite the city’s massively strict gun control laws. The activist was investigated by the FBI, and the plan fizzled after the Metropolitan policed vowed to arrest them all.
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