Okay, this whole “demonstration” thing has really caught hold at the Texas Capitol.
It seems that some folks thought it was hunting season in Austin on the 4th of July.
Armed demonstrators gathered outside the Texas capitol building in Austin on Wednesday, seeking to highlight the state’s right to openly carry rifles. While some were unsettled by the display, the protesters said the event was designed to get people accustomed to the weapons and show that those carrying them were normal citizens.
“That’s why we’re here. Trying to make people feel more at ease, so they don’t feel that way,” said Scott Smith, a member of the group Open Carry Texas, which organized the event.
Look, son, I don’t mean to be tacky but I’m just now barely getting used to pierced eyebrows and Mohawks. It’s gonna take me a decade or two to feel “at ease” walking through the OK Carrol.
These suckers were carrying loaded weapons. At one point the DPS Troopers asked the gun nuts to remove the magazines from their weapons but they wouldn’t, stating they were “within their rights” to strut around toting an AK47 filled with enough lead to stock a sinker factory.
They tried to go into the Capitol itself but DPS Troopers put their boots down.
Later in the day, demonstrators attempted to enter the state capitol building with their guns out. They were turned away by a trooper, who told them that while concealed handguns were permitted inside, their semi-automatic assault rifles weren’t.
Well, ain’t that something real special? They can walk circles around me enjoying the day on the Capitol grounds with live rounds in the chamber, but they can’t go inside where the freekin’ people who made these stoopid laws are sitting around thinking up more stoopid laws.
Holy crap. These guys outgunned the DPS.
Thanks to Bubba for calling me and saying, “Wanna hear the damnest thing?”
It happened in Houston, too. They did it at the police station. Would I kid you?
“If you don’t use your rights, they can take them away,” said Ed Aldredge of Sugar Land, who brought along his 11-year-old son, Austin, who carried a .22-caliber rifle.
Yep, an 11 year old can carry around a loaded rifle.
And surprise — middle aged white men.
The crowd, composed of mostly middle aged and older white men, dubbed the protest the “Come and Take it Away Freedom Walk” and after an hour or so of marching and posing for photos with their guns, the group decamped to nearby Tony’s Barbecue, a restaurant chosen by the group because it let them bring in their weapons.
Because what’s barbeque if you can’t shoot again after you cook it?
What this country needs is far more black men walking around with heavy artillery.