The mass shooting over Memorial Day weekend sparked a lot of necessary conversation about the daily threats of violence women receive. But I don’t think this should go unremarked-upon:
A Texas gun rights group has notified members that they are to “immediately cease” taking shotguns and rifles into private businesses unless invited to do so, backing down from a controversial strategy that has led several large restaurant chains to ask patrons to leave their guns at home. [ Huffington Post ]
It’s a bizarre strategy, anyway, to show up unannounced carrying dramatic firearms and shouting about how now one can stop you. Perhaps the idea was pulled from the gay rights movement. Come out of the closet as a gun owner, and eventually people will realize they have nothing to fear from people exercising their Second Amendment rights.
The flaw in that plan is few people worry about being pressed into gay marriage at a Pride parade, whereas everyone recognizes that people toting rifles in the streets are just a trigger-pull away from headline news.