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NRA Apologizes For Calling Guns-In-Restaurants Crowd 'Weird'

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The group most notably involved in the fast food demonstrations, Open Carry Texas, issued a statement demanding that the NRA retract its "disgusting and disrespectful comments." That's basically what they got from Cox on Tuesday. Cox said the NRA[....]

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Kit B (276)
Friday June 6, 2014, 5:43 am
Photo Credit: Mother Jones

The National Rifle Association has disavowed its recent criticism of pro-gun demonstrations in Texas.

In an interview on Tuesday with the organization's own news site, the head of the NRA's lobbying arm blamed a staff member's "personal opinion" for the content of an unsigned statement published Friday on the organization's website, and he apologized for "any confusion" the statement may have caused.

"It's a distraction," Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, told NRA News. "There was some confusion, we apologize, again, for any confusion that that post caused."

The statement in question reproached gun activists in Texas for their attempts to take high-powered semiautomatic rifles into fast food restaurants. It said the activists had "crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness," and denounced their tactics as "weird" and even "scary."

In response, the activists flipped out. The group most notably involved in the fast food demonstrations, Open Carry Texas, issued a statement demanding that the NRA retract its "disgusting and disrespectful comments." That's basically what they got from Cox on Tuesday. Cox said the NRA shares the activists' goal of getting Texas' restrictions on the open carry of handguns changed.

"Ultimately, what this comes down to is a tactics discussion," Cox told NRA News host Cam Edwards. "Some people believe that the best way to effectuate that sort of policy change is in protest. And what they did in Texas is, some people decided to protest the absurdity of the ban on open carry of handguns by carrying their long guns openly, and legally. Now, the truth is, an alert went out that referred to this type of behavior as weird, or somehow not normal. And that was a mistake. It shouldn't have happened. I've had a discussion with the staffer who wrote that piece, and expressed his personal opinion. Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners."

Cox insisted that the NRA "unequivocally" supports open carry, and that the conflict with the activists was a distraction that the media "has had a field day with it." And he noted that the activists in Texas had decided to stop taking rifles to restaurants even before the NRA's statement Friday. (The backlash to these demonstrations -- several chain restaurants asked customers to leave their guns at home -- prompted several pro-gun groups, including Open Carry Texas, to issue a statement to members telling them to avoid the tactic.)

"It was a poor word choice in an alert that went out," Cox said. "But again, the underlying point here is: what is the best tactic to win? That's what we're interested in. We're not interested in distractions. We're not interested in arguing with the national news media over this. We're interested in winning."

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Past Member (0)
Friday June 6, 2014, 6:50 am
These people are NUTS+unstable. What an ODD demented messed up place. I'd be popping Prozac like candy if i lived there. Thx Kit

Arielle S (313)
Friday June 6, 2014, 8:24 am
Oh, good grief - Not only are they weird, they are nutso, creepy, scary, and downright idiotic. And so is the NRA.

Robert B (60)
Friday June 6, 2014, 10:12 am
What spineless, low class clowns. I guess "NRA" stands for Nutso Rightwing As*holes.
The one time I saw two idiots come into a restaurant with guns me and my wife complained to the Manager and we also called the Police. I will not stand for this kind of intimidation. The only person I want to see wearing a gun in a public place is a law enforcement officer.

Louise D (44)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 7:54 am
There is just the inner channelling of Yosemite Sam every time the NRA says anything, I always suspected that his angry attitude was due to the testicle crushing tight pants he wears though I suspect it might be because he is hung like Ken . The NRA when there is any debate on guns has shown the morality of a maggot as it goes to the lowest common denominator. The carrying of guns should not be seen as a right as again and again people have abused it to kill innocents. The NRA is very much pandering to the very worst of their membership again and again.

Winn A (178)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 1:10 pm
Where are the mental health counselors when you need them. Wacko NRA! This is crazy, just sayin. . . . . . .

Dianna M (16)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 1:18 pm
So the NRA says it, then takes it back when threatened? Well, I guess we've found what the NRA is afraid of: Themselves.

Bill Maher's take on the open-carry crowd--'Ammosexuals'--is hilarious. But be warned: Some of the pictures shown are NOT pretty. (I think my eyes are bleeding from the last one . . . )

Saturday June 7, 2014, 1:21 pm
As a Brit did I actually understand the content of the Article?? An Apology has been actually issued to maniacs toting guns in Public Places? They should have been surrounded and a SWAT Team sent in to deal with the "situation". This would scare me witless, I really do not know what to make of this and before I offend anybody as a person who is terrified of guns - will leave it there.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 1:43 pm
Are the people in the US still living in the old Wild West? You must be kidding, right?

Joanne D (38)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 1:54 pm
Just about every town in the old Wild West had a law that you check your gun(s) with law enforcement when you come into town, and you can pick it (them) up again when you leave. Unless you ARE law enforcement. Tombstone and Dodge were two notable examples. I wish to heaven we COULD live in that environment.

Kate K (215)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 3:51 pm
Margaret, I would say that most of us think this carrying around of big phallic symbols is absurd. It is like the wild west all over again. I can only hope they shoot each other at some point. There are women there too and I don't know what their problem is. Guns are bad enough but to walk around with them like I don't low what is unreal. I had no desire to vivid Texas before and if possible have even less now. What a bunch of idiots they and the NRA are.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 4:19 pm
So....the NRA giveth, and the NRA taketh away. What have they become---a new branch of gov't? When you have gun & ammo manufacturers calling the shots, this is what happens. If I see guns displayed in any public place, I will leave immediately. And, I like Joanne's above comment. Leave them at the door!

Alvin King (2)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 5:08 pm
Noted, thanks

Vallee R (280)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 5:30 pm
Noted - that's enough Kit - you know how I stand i think

GGmaSheila D (194)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 6:05 pm
This could possibly be the start to the NRA losing face with law enforcement and the careful gun handlers and hunters out don't ever apologize to bozos and idiots, unless they actually have more firepower than you do?

Gloria H (88)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 7:59 pm
If the shoe fits, wear it. NRA is like the KKK... the classy ones hide behind their sheets, the common moron goes barefaced, bare shirted and baring arms.
The NRA is trying to distance themselves from their inbred shirt tail ( or shirtless) relatives. They all walk like a duck, quack like a duck, and these turkeys are all from the same screwball egg.

Krista S (195)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 10:15 pm
I would leave this store immediately if these "men" walked in toting all these guys, legal or not. Especially if I had my small children with me.

Marianne R (95)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 7:26 am
Noted, thanks

Thomas M (8)
Sunday June 8, 2014, 8:07 am
The lunatics carrying weapons into stores are the real liberals we keep hearing the conservatives talk about. REAL moderates and conservatives do not feel the need to carry a weapon around with them and show off. NRA money created this mess and they get to accept responsibility right along with the politicians they have bought and paid for. Aren't we just the shining light of the world.?

Jason R (68)
Monday June 9, 2014, 11:08 am
Of course thy did.

The face of ammosexual, tea bagger Libertarians. The dumbing down is completed. Time to turn them on the public. Good thing we can out smart them!

Craig Pittman (52)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 3:22 am
So someone intent on mayhem can legally carry their assault weapon into a public space with no intervention and is not breaking the law until they actually open fire. This defies any kind of common sense.
I am having trouble trying to wrap my head around this one. Thanks for the story Kit.
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