Gun Advocates Carried Rifles and Shotguns (and Kids) to an Arlington Starbucks Last Night

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If you were driving south on Green Oaks Boulevard in Arlington on Thursday around 7 p.m., your headlights might have caught a glimpse of a group of people walking along the sidewalk carrying what looked like rifles and shotguns over their shoulders. No, the fading dusk wasn't messing with your vision. Yes, those were really long guns slung across their backs.

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A group called Open Carry Texas was expressing their Second Amendment right with a group of about 20, including two preschoolers. They walked from an Albertson's parking lot, up north for a bit (a mile or so), then back south, past a church where an officer in a cop car was keeping an eye on things.

Cars honked and some folks hung out their windows and hollered in support. The marchers hollered back. When asked for a photograph, they couldn't have been nicer and waved for the camera like queens on a float. The walk continued to a Starbucks, where only one of the marchers went in and the others stayed outside. Eventually they all posed for a group picture in front of Starbucks, then carried on.

As we reported this summer, Starbucks had a loose policy on guns in their stores, but when gun enthusiasts learned it was gun-friendly, they pounced. Soon, the company retracted.

Founder and CEO Howard Schultz released a letter in September asking advocates to stand down, although the company didn't technically change its policy, which follows local laws.

Schultz wrote that his stores have been disingenuously portrayed as a champion of open carry: "To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores. Some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction, including soliciting and confronting our customers and partners."

Gun advocates, it turns out, aren't big on memos.


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dickrx7
dickrx7

There will be blood in the streets, I tell you! Blood!

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  So when a child accidentally falls from a tree and dies, will you deem all trees deadly and ban them making them illegal?  Will you seek to ban cars because kids have died in car accidents in the thousands just this year alone?  Will you seek to ban skateboards that have caused the death of children as well?  When a child dies because of an abusive father that terrorizes the family, will you support the banning of guns that could have helped that woman to escape with her children to freedom?   Your reasoning in flawed. People who are so easily willing to take away the Constitutional rights of Americans scare me. You are uneducated and you make decisions based on emotional reaction over reason and sound judgement.

G_David
G_David

After that, they all went home and fucked their sisters.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

A 2-year-old boy in Texas was pronounced dead Wednesday after he shot himself in a home that Child Protective Services had deemed unfit for children just last year, KLTV reported. 

Trenton Mathis shot himself in the face with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun Wednesday afternoon in his great-grandparents' home in Cherokee County, Texas. Police said both great-grandparents were at the home when the shooting took place. ---TPM

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

A teenage babysitter was arrested Tuesday and charged in the death of a 5-year-old Texas boy who accidentally shot himself with the babysitter's gun while she was napping, authorities said. ---NBC

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

"Howdy, Pardner!"  [BOOM!!!]  "Welcome to Texas!"

greg.climer
greg.climer

Having read many comments , I am appalled at the fear, lack of reasoning, childish name calling, and total lack of any reasonable argument or factual data to support your position. I see those opposed to open carry living in an emotional fetal position of fear based on irrational reasoning. It really is troubling. Feeling uncomfortable with your lack of ability to safely carry a gun should not equate to fear of me.

simpledanforever
simpledanforever

To all of you who think that this is crazy, I'd like to add that a visible deterrent is often the best way to ward off a person who plans to do you harm. FACT: People with a burglar alarm sign outside their home get broken into less often than those without. REASON: The warning deters them from initiating criminal activity. 

I think Concealed or Open Carry should be our choice. This nation was founded by men with guns. And our rights to own and carry weapons have been purchased and paid for again and again and again by many. Now suddenly, there is an agenda to disarm us. Why? Do the philosophies and history our founders studied and incorporated into their deliberation some how not count anymore? The Constitution counts the same way those of faith would agree the TEN COMMANDMENTS still count. They are still relevant and if we follow them, things tend to work themselves out smoothly.

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

I would love for people, women especially, to come and discuss this critical issue of Safe Gun Ownership and the Right to BEAR arms (not just own arms.)  Here is a safe place to talk.  Just remember though we do not gain anything by hurling insults so keep the conversation adult and productive :) Welcome to Moms With Guns Demand Action! https://www.facebook.com/MomsWithGunsDemandAction

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

This really should be cross posted in Unfair Park.  I think we are missing a larger audience by this being buried on City of Ate

OliveOils2Skinny4Me
OliveOils2Skinny4Me

These are the same people who listen to Alex Jones and believe we shouldn't have an income tax. They are all nucking futs!!

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Such a trusting Bunch !

They have every right to do this but I will be damned if I am going to go out and advertise that I have firearms.

That is what I find so incredibly STUPID   .

It is a good way to come home to  a kicked in front door and guns that  aren't there anymore .

RhetoricalQuestion
RhetoricalQuestion

You know, I honestly want to talk openly with some of you fearful folks, but I just can't deal with the attitudes. All the time I encounter emotional vitriol and incorrect facts, and that makes it really hard to have a calm discussion.

monstruss
monstruss

How about instead of marching their children to the local Starbucks to pose outside with guns, these parents get their kids ready for Halloween next week? I guess it's a lot harder to use your offspring as political props when they're dressed like a pumpkin.

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@G_David David has the idea of fucking his sister.....wow we better arm her so she can get away from his freaky ass.

greg.climer
greg.climer

@G_David You in the 4 or fifth grade or something. Not educated enough to make a rational argument? I pity people like you.

monstruss
monstruss

@greg.climer Yeah! it's not like anything bad has ever happened ever that involves a gun!

sro.collins
sro.collins

@ArmedMom I have visited your page, and the moment that I provided verifiable statistics - directly from the FBI  - I was blocked and banned.  You obviously have zero intention of having a reasonable adult conversation on this topic.  I am a gun owner and a parent.  My three children are all familiar with safe gun handling, and having taken the mystery away from guns - I can be comfortable knowing that an "accident" has been averted.   

If you truly wish to have a well reasoned debate - then you may want to allow someone with an opposing view point to become involved in the conversation.

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@ScottsMerkin Great! Let's get a larger audience!  We need to get the word out that Law Abiding Citizens with Rifles are NOT Scary!  Yes, Let's do it!

chcknhawk
chcknhawk

Come to think of it, I DO agree we shouldn't have an income tax. If that's nuts, send me to the loony bin.

simpledanforever
simpledanforever

@OliveOils2Skinny4Me Income tax was found unconstitutional by the post civil war supreme court. A taxation on labor is a fundamental tenant of Marxism (communism). A lower taxation rate spawns private economic activity and thus a robust economy. 

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@OliveOils2Skinny4Me Oh good Lord.  To lump people into one little nice box is so easy for you.  I think people like you have to exercise prejudice and false accusation to keep your own world balanced and free of fear.  Most people don't agree with everything another person says.  You are suggesting that because you have a fear of guns and you have to equate people who carry their guns to being somehow mentally unstable.  That is your need to not use your mind because it is too difficult to think outside your box.  Please consider that I am just a normal mom, patriot, and believer in freedom.  I'd love to treat you to coffee and have a rational conversation and let you get to know me as a person rather than a blurb on some news channel.

greg.climer
greg.climer

@oakclifftownie Too bad you don't fully support your God given rights, and trash those that are willing to fight for those rights.

chcknhawk
chcknhawk

Not really. When the door gets kicked in people get dropped dead on the threshold.

simpledanforever
simpledanforever

@oakclifftownie There was a junior Senator on Rome who spoke with an older, wiser senator. 

"I have an idea. Let's require all slaves to wear a white band around their arm so they can be identified as slaves." The Junior Senator said


"That is a terrible idea. As soon as the slaves see each other and begin to count their actual numbers, they will be emboldened and there will surely be a revolt."


The morale of the story is this. Strength in numbers, Show of force and Boldness in the face of opposition is what get's noticed.



tcruse
tcruse

@monstruss 

Including children is called "education" of important moral issues. 

chcknhawk
chcknhawk

How about we do both monstruss? Are you not capable of multi-tasking?

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@monstruss While my children were not there last night, they do have their costumes all ready and were dutifully doing their home work!  We are a family that can multi-task and we make time to do things that are really important in our busy schedules. My husband and I have our costumes too! Can't wait for our costume party!!!

LouisianaPatriot
LouisianaPatriot

@monstruss @greg.climer It's not like anything bad has ever happened that involved a man.  And come to think of it, it's not like anything bad has ever happened that involved a woman.

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@ArmedMom You might be referring to Moms Demand Action (MDA) and yes they do not tolerate conversation.  They only seek to disarm America.

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@sro.collins No one has been banned from my site.  Please email me at momswithgunsdemandaction@gmail.com and i will personally make sure you get to post :)

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@monstruss Why is that monstruss?  Why are you afraid of guns at Starbucks???

monstruss
monstruss

@ArmedMom "Zombie Apocalypse Survivor" isn't a costume if you wear it every day of the year. 

monkeypuncher
monkeypuncher

@ArmedMom It's not that they even want to protect kids or are against guns.

They are completely fine with government having guns, and they even took pictures with the San Antonio police chief, who's department recently murdered a 14 year old school boy who was unarmed and hiding in a shed.

These are women of the Nazi party if I ever saw them.

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@sro.collins No problem!!!!  I created MWGDA for the very reason you sited.  I was banned from MDA as well.  They are all socialized into gun hating.  I am associated with Open Carry Texas :)

sro.collins
sro.collins

@ArmedMom @sro.collins I apologize - I misread the link and in my hast I saw the OTHER moms demand action.  Please disregard my post - I just caught on. 


ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@G_David Wow you are how old?  Amazing how you cannot engage in an adult conversation. It's always tell tale that a person's arguments for their position are weak when the resort to slimy insults like you do.  Everyone sees it David. I laugh in your face...Ha Ha Ha Ha :)

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@OliveOils2Skinny4Me Awe thanks! I did. I giggled and grinned ear to ear :)  I'm flattered but yeah, my husband, a Marine of 8 years, might not like the idea of you and I making out LOL  But Coffee would be great!!!! Let's talk! :)

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@OliveOils2Skinny4Me I'm unsure of why you have moved the conversation to something sexual. Is it that you are seeking to sexually harass me as a woman because I have stated that I will not be anyone's sexual victim again? Do you really see a correlation between sex and this discussion?  I'm having a difficult time seeing the correlation. 

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@robbie.goodWow is that the best you could come up with?  Amazing. I would have given you a lot more credit then you deserve LOL

chcknhawk
chcknhawk

My rights aren't dependent on one's comfort level.

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@monstruss I had the EXACT Thoughts as you have monstruss until I saw CJ Grisham's arrest.  I have since then realized that the right to bear arms has been a neglected right.  You have stated "most people are a little uncomfortable with an openly carried weapon..."  THAT is exactly what we are working to change.  People are uncomfortable because our media and government have socialized our nation to equate citizens with guns as criminals.  We are working to undo that common belief.  That is why we open carry.  We recognize that many people today are uncomfortable with it.  Just like many are uncomfortable seeing two gay men kissing.....but gay people hold gay pride parades to Normalize their behavior don't they????  It is getting more and more normal.  Well for us, we are not interested in normalizing men kissing!  We are interested in normalizing the US Constitution AGAIN and get this country back to its origins!  One day, people will NOT feel uncomfortable seeing me with my rifle in Starbucks.  The more we open Carry the more normal it will be the more SAFE our society will be and the more FREE will be.

monstruss
monstruss

@ArmedMom @monstruss I a gun owner, but I'm also aware that most people are a little uncomfortable with an openly carried weapon when they're just trying to get a fuckin' coffee. Being armed to the teeth for a morning pumpkin spice latte is a little odd enough, but doing ignorant little stunts like this just to fuck with a company is a sign of irresponsibility. Responsible gun owners don't abuse the right to own guns.

ArmedMom
ArmedMom

@monstruss Nope, not what I'm going to be. You guessed wrong LOL   That's 1 point for ArmedMom 0 for monstruss.  hehe

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