It speaks volumes about the current state of news that this sort of level-headed commentary on a complex issue appears on a comedy site.
Anyway, about the article. As per usual on cracked.com articles, they are sprinkled with irrelevance and jokes, but a bit more subdued than typical. It’s very well written, and makes his points on why these “protesters” are jackasses.
If you’re any kind of aware of what’s pissed the Internet off this past week, you probably know that a bunch of gun owners have started tromping around fast food restaurants, openly carrying AK-47s and AR-15s. In Chipotle and Chili’s and other chains across Texas, men and (a few) women have started using firearms as protest signs. Their cause? Defending the sacred right of Americans to treat every day like Tactical Halloween.
The fact that these protests kicked off just days after America’s latest horrific shooting spree may have something to do with the angry backlash these guys experienced. Some of that may have something to do with the fact that the poster boys for the “open carry” movement have an uncanny ability to look utterly absurd while carrying machine guns:
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In addition to prompting Chipotle and Chili’s to ban their gun-toting asses, the members of Open Carry Tarrant County made the national news by harassing Marine veteran James Henry when he recorded one of their rallies. The media treated this story like one more loud, incoherently angry battle between pro- and anti-gun control groups. But I suspected this was something more complex and altogether much, much more stupid.
So I called up Henry and started Googling. Here’s what I learned …