You may not be familiar with Tarrant County, Texas. It’s named for Edward H. Tarrant, who made his bones in the 1830s and 40s killing the natives who objected to white folks implementing their perfectly reasonable desire to turn traditional Indian hunting grounds into massive cattle ranches.
Tarrant and his buddies openly carried firearms everywhere because how else were they supposed to protect all those white folks from the depredations of non-white savages. That fine tradition lives on today in the form of a group calling itself Tarrant County Open Carry. This is a collection of truly extraordinary fuckwits who apparently interpret a well-regulated militia to mean ‘any jackass who wants a firearm.’ As in:
Any jackass who wants a firearm, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The ‘open carry’ movement believes American citizens have a constitutional right to openly tote firearms and other weapons wherever they go, whenever they want to go there. Because NOT carrying a firearm everywhere all the time is bascially the same as pissing in Uncle Sam’s hat. Because failure to have a ballistic weapon on your person at all times means you won’t be prepared when Communists and Muslims and
Lesbians Gay menfolks (not lesbians, because TCOC likes to watch a bit of girl-on-girl video) attack you. Or your family. Or somebody else.
That’s the theory. In practice, of course, it doesn’t apply to black folks. Or Muslims. Because those folks, they’re not real Americans.
Any jackass who wants a firearm, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed if you’re white. Oh, and Christian.
I’ve occasionally mentioned these fucking idjits before — how they thought the NRA was too liberal, how the NRA caved in to the open carry nutjobs, how they’re totally against intimidating women, how armed asshattery is qualitatively different from unarmed asshattery, how it can be difficult to distinguish between an open carry advocates and wanna-be mass murderers, how in some municipalities it’s legal to openly carry a real firearm but illegal to carry a pretend weapon, and about how open carry jerk-offs are unable to distinguish between tyranny and criticism.
Okay, maybe I’ve written about these guys more than occasionally. You know why? Because they’re stupid and belligerent and armed, and that’s not a healthy combination. Witness this guy, Kory Watkins — the bull goose loony of Open Carry Tarrant County.
I know, to the average person it sounds a wee bit like Watkins is issuing a threat here. You know, that bit where he says:
“Going against the Constitution is treason. And my friend, that is punishable by death.”
So this is a guy who is so afraid of the world that he has to tote a firearm with him everywhere he goes. And he says it’s treason NOT to pass a law that permits everybody to openly carry firearms everywhere they go. And he says treason is punishable by death. So you wouldn’t be stepping out on a limb if you thought Watkins’ comment might maybe could be construed as something akin to a threat. Especially considering the fact that not too long ago one member of OCTC, Veronica Dunnachie, shot her husband to death. Oh, and his daughter too. Because hell, once you’ve shot one person there’s not much to stop you from shooting another.
But that was probably hormonal or something. I mean, she’s a woman, right? They’re emotional and all. You can’t judge an entire group of folks because some of them commit double homicides. Unless they’re black. Or Muslim.
Any jackass who wants a firearm, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed if you’re white. Oh, and Christian. And probably male, just to be safe.
Anyway, Watkins assures us he wasn’t making any sort of threat to those treasonous bastards in the government who are denying decent Texans their Sacred Second Amendment rights. Good gracious, no. Because TCOC, you see, is “a group of peaceful, law-abiding gun owners” who are only trying to educate Americans about their rights under the U.S. Constitution (see above). They’re totally opposed to violence. Totally. In fact. that’s why they carry firearms everywhere they go. You know, to prevent all that violence.
Just like Edward H. Tarrant did back in the 1830s.
Scary folks. I love your biting sarcasm, or perhaps you would call it satire. Call it what you will, it’s good commentary. Keep at it, please.
Thanks, Matt. The thing is, I rather like guns. They’re fun to shoot. Guns have a place in American culture. But that place isn’t in public. And there needs to be some serious regulation put into effect.
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Anyone who has to have a gun on their person when they leave their house is a damn coward. And an idiot. Of course, open carry is an ideal of idiots who have no brains…or is that common sense? (The following is a generalized statement, not addressing the writer of the post, mostly agreeing with his views. More or less addressing those who think themselves “morally superior and Patriotic in their duties as maniacal gun toting morons”.)
If you have to have a gun to feel safe when leaving to go to the store, then you might as well stay inside and talk to whatever voices that have already driven you to near-insanity and open paranoia. I don’t want to run into you at the store. I don’t want to run into you in traffic. And I don’t want you within 1000 feet of my property, or I am calling the police because you pose a threat to every sane person in the world.
And if I have to call the police on you because you approached me with a gun, I am going to make sure you are incarcerated in the nearest mental institution for the rest of your life…or until you come to the conclusion that the voices in your head are just trying to get you into trouble by persuading you to carry a gun. Besides. If someone really wants you dead enough, they will still kill you, and generally without you ever seeing them. It’s called having a scope on a sniper rifle. Or simply hiding where you can’t see them. That’s just the way they work.
And his stupid ideal of a “militia”? well, a group of maniacal white men with guns a militia do not make. And splitting people up into groups? well, let me just say that what you do is heresy. and I deem you all traitors. I grew up around a father who was just like you and there was nothing patriotic about pointing a gun at innocent people then. There isn’t anything patriotic about separating people into groups and targeting those you are afraid of out of ignorance and misinformation. That would be similar to several mass murderers who separated their victims from “the herd” based on gender and their own past repressions. Get the flippin’ picture? I think of you as nothing more than a bunch of glorified serial killers who choose according to color, creed, or sexual preferences.
With this said, I agree with your view, Greg. sorry for venting, but it seemed to fit.
Oh, that was a fine, righteous rant. I love a good rant. I especially like a good rant I can agree with. We need more pro-regulation rants.
Greg, you may be the smartest guy I know. Maybe. Definitely among them. But rank doesn’t really matter because all of you contenders are incredible. It’s just that, damn I love the way you think. Well, mostly THAT you think; and then have the temerity to share those thoughts both with us who usually agree, and whichever fuckwit idjit is forwarded your blogs.
Now, I know you weren’t intending a thorough exegesis of the second amendment, but since you have provide a forum, I am going to repeat something that I try to get people to understand about the Constitution and the second amendment that your piece sort of glosses without really considering. I believe it is key to understanding the second amendment, as well as other portions of the Constitution.
The Constitution uses the phrase “the people,” to refer to the populace as a whole (as in “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”), and uses the word “person” to refer to individuals (as in “No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years”) and “persons” to refer to multiple individuals (as in “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons”). So, use of the word “people,” when the small arms industry tries to make it mean “persons,” is misleading. You really have to read the document as a whole.
Don’t get me started on the meaning of the word “Arms.” Ain’t nobody got time for that.
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There’s a very good reason the NRA edits the Second Amendment when they use it for their logo. That pesky phrase ‘well-regulated’ just doesn’t fit well with their ideology or their corporate sponsors.
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