Barry Kooda to Exercise Second Amendment Right to Rock with Open Carry Guitar Rally

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Photo Courtesy of Barry Kooda
Guitars don't kill audiences. Guitarists do.

The topic of guns is all over the news, whether they are being used as props of democracy and freedom or props of violence and destruction. Somehow, "gun nuts" actually found a way to be gun-nuttier when they thought it was a good idea to walk into public spaces across Texas such as Chipotle and Chili's with large weapons to raise awareness about their Second Amendment rights and scare the processed food product out of their customers.

Artist and musician Barry Kooda said he saw the news reports about the Open Carry movement and he was aghast. So he decided to take action: He started an Open Carry Guitar movement complete with T-shirts, Facebook followers and an Open Carry Guitar Rally where loud and proud guitars owners can bring their axes and carry them in public at the Continental Street Bridge at 6 p.m. on that most American of days (besides Super Bowl Sunday) Friday, July 4th.

Kooda says he reacted the way you would expect someone to react who witnesses another human being walking into a public space with something that can fire 600 rounds per minute and may or may not have been anthropomorphized with the bestowing of a girl's name.

"It got me thinking about the utter absurdity of expecting people to become desensitized to having automatic weapons showing up in public places," Kooda said. "Being concerned when some jackwagon comes into Target with an [AK-47] is a very good and proper reaction. One should not be comfortable with that."

Like a true patron of music, Kooda came up with a great way to express his distress against the almost Far Side-ish mentality of the sudden rise of the Open Carry movement and decided to use a different kind of boomstick. (That's assuming that guitars are sometimes called boomsticks, and if they aren't, they should be from now on).

"I figured that guitars would be a better choice to carry in public and somewhat less dangerous," Kooda said. "Why not poke a little fun and make a little sense at the same time?"

The Open Carry movement became a hot button issue overnight that not only scored ink in newspapers and magazines across the country but also earned the ire of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, something that before could usually only be accomplished by being a member of Congress or a resident of Florida.

Kooda's idea had no problem picking up steam amongst Dallas' musicians and their faithful music fans. He said the rally alone has created more than 3,000 invitations on the event's Facebook page.

"It's already surpassed any expectations I had," Kooda said. "People are having fun with it and making a statement (or statements) at the same time. The dialogues and posts and memes generated by people, many I don't know, have been incredibly entertaining. There are some brilliantly funny and talented people out there on Facebook."

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Image by Pat Ramseur
This is just one of the many memes inspired by Barry Kooda's Open Carry Guitar Rally. Benjamin Franklin would be proud and curiously intrigued by the "electric screaming machine."

Kooda's plan is simple. Anyone who plans to attend the Rally can bring their favorite guitar and possibly even rock on it so long as no one is knocked down or injured by the power of said rocking. The rally is still in the planning phase but it appears that he'll definitely have a large guitar army based on the online response. He's even heard "rumblings" about similar events in the works in places as far away as California and Oregon.

"People will carry and compare and ogle each others' toys and some will, of course, make noise of some sort," he said. "There may be acts that play and there may be some brilliant music to witness but it's completely open at this point. It may be huge or it may fizzle out entirely but the fun we've all had so far has been great. Anything else is pure gravy."

So far, the response to the rally has been positive.

He noted that he himself is a gun owner and a concealed handgun license carrier, "although I don't carry," he noted. He said he is also a staunch supporter of "all human rights including the Second Amendment."

"Although one has the right in America to carry a weapon, that does not give him the authority to be a bully or intimidate others," he said. "I have the right to spin in circles swinging a rake in each hand in a playground full of children but it's not a good idea and may lead to some guy infringing on my personal rights by kicking my ass. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should."



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35 comments
spamgail
spamgail

This guitar but is a douche. Automatic weapons have been banned since the 80s. Piss on libertards.

ROFLCopter
ROFLCopter

The ignorance displayed by the author of this article is stunning.  These rifles are semi-automatic.  Just like nearly every handgun on the planet.  And there is no way they can fire 600 rounds a minute.  Maybe 1% of the rifles sold could do that.  The rest are rated at 15 - 17 rounds a minute or the barrel will be damaged or ruined.  This isn't a simple oversight.  Its massive, intentional fraud.

cplaceaccc
cplaceaccc

I've got at '52 Gibson ES-125 and a Fender SubSonic baritone (the one year that they made it as a production model) and I ain't afraid to use it.

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

"Barry Kooda to Exercise Second Amendment Right to Rock"


Technically that is a first-amendment right.

MikeO
MikeO

Oh, and great to see you're still around making waves, Barry!

MikeO
MikeO

So, what the F do you shoot with your SEMI automatic weapons? Are you after full herds of deer? 

MikeO
MikeO

Right on, Barry!

Hit me with music! Cause when it hits you feel no pain!

WaldoJim
WaldoJim

ChrisYu:

Extreme you say? Like maybe '"It got me thinking about the utter absurdity of expecting people to become desensitized to having automatic weapons showing up in public places," Kooda said.'

But you are absolutely right, there is nothing extreme about that statement at all. Oh wait... except maybe the part were most gun owners don't have an automatic rifle. The part where most of us with an AR or AK style rifle still own a SEMI-Auto rifle that requires us to pull the trigger for each round.


This whole article took an extreme view from the beginning. It is leftist propaganda that people need to see for what it is. I am not a right wing nut case. I am not a gun nut. I own ONE rifle. Yes, it is an AR style rifle. That is a choice I made. And as an American, I have the right to have it out in public. Rather than hide in a hole and pretend they don't exist, Americans need to learn responsibility. Not just how to handle weapons, but how to conduct themselves in society.


I think nothing of seeing people with guns. I think nothing of seeing them with an AR, or AK either. Namely because those weapons are used for less than 1% of all crimes committed with a gun.

The people that bother me? Shifty arseholes trying to hide a piece in his wasteband.

WaldoJim
WaldoJim

ChrisYu:

Extreme you say? Like maybe '"It got me thinking about the utter absurdity of expecting people to become desensitized to having automatic weapons showing up in public places," Kooda said.'

But you are absolutely right, there is nothing extreme about that statement at all. Oh wait... except maybe the part were most gun owners don't have an automatic rifle. The part where most of us with an AR or AK style rifle still own a SEMI-Auto rifle that requires us to pull the trigger for each round.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Will there be power available? Or must one also carry a generator, sadly, most likely from China?

GAA1
GAA1

I am proposing an open schlong parade.  We will gather near Snyder Plaza and commence to display our meat missiles in the name of mankind.  

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

most debates involving our Second Amendment rights involve taking an extreme position for or against. nice to see a gun owner talking sense, finding that middle ground and having fun with it. also nice to see Mr. Kooda still out there stirring things up.

Sarah O'
Sarah O'

I ridiculously want to be a part of this.

disgruntledtoaster
disgruntledtoaster

@ROFLCopter Step one: get a dictionary. Step two: look up the word "sarcasm" and/or "humor." Step three: chill the fuck out.

cplaceaccc
cplaceaccc

AND I've got a Model 1897 Winchester 16 gauge. I 've got 'em coming and going.

j.walter.miller
j.walter.miller

There is a huge world of competition shooting sports out there. Nearly every weekend, all over Texas modern sporting rifle owners convene to compete for accuracy and distance. Some shoot 600 yards with open metal sights.

WaldoJim
WaldoJim

@MikeO I am fairly certain the 2nd amendment says nothing about "Thou shall have the right to hunt", but rather "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." There is a difference you may want to learn.

NitroBucket
NitroBucket

@MikeO How else are you supposed to show your manliness to watermelons, beer cans, and empty coors light bottles?

L8nitedave
L8nitedave

@WaldoJim Barry is a gun owner too, of course he has been ever since that little stint in Korea as a sniper. Seriously carrying a long gun into Target, Chili's or Chipotle is just stupid. It DOES NOT benefit the image of gun owners in any way. It doesn't matter what "educational" conversation about guns or the law comes after.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@GAA1  careful, Kuby's might mistake you for the delivery guy.

WaldoJim
WaldoJim

@L8nitedave @WaldoJim I am not suggesting it is right to carry a firearm into Target. But then again, I am also not worried about those people open carrying. They are easy to keep an eye on, and generally easy to tell if they are going to do something stupid.


But the people who hide their weapons? Those people bother me. You can rarely tell who they are, or what they are up to. Many of the ne'er-do-well's don't have a permit, and conceal carry anyway. They don't want you to know they are about to kill you. Why worry about the sub 1% group, when the only thing they are likely to do is STOP an active shooter?

WaldoJim
WaldoJim

@Brewster_E @WaldoJim 

Actually, quite a bit. A semi-auto is basically what most firearms (of the scary, or NON-scary type) are. There is a big difference between the "600 rounds per minute" automatic that very few people even have, and the common semi-auto rifle that most gun-carrying Americans own. ONE of the two is the sure sign of an extremist fear-mongering.


Which was the whole point of the comment...

It would be nice, if people understood this.

WaldoJim
WaldoJim

@fred.garvin.mp.713 The implication here is what? That hobbies that are not yours are not hobbies at all? Or that all people should remain commitment free? As a married man with hobbies, I seriously would like an explanation.

Skuta
Skuta

@WaldoJim @L8nitedave good point, but i sure do appreciate the healthy dialogue and message the Open Carry Rally brings...and of course, their great tunes and peace with such a patriotic spirit too :D

L8nitedave
L8nitedave

@WaldoJim @L8nitedave A prudent gun owner thinks quite a bit more carefully about when to carry, when to conceal and when to use their weapon. These guys obviously don't. They are exponentially more likely to cause harm to themselves, others and the environment they carry in than to an "active shooter."


WaldoJim
WaldoJim

@G_David @Brewster_E @WaldoJim 

Nope. Some extremist using more extremist, biased, and generally ignorant viewpoints is the point. Using "automatics" "600 rounds per minute" et al as your driving point to be a douche, as the great people in this article did, does not promote knowledge, understanding, or even an intelligent view. It promotes fear-mongering and it promotes ignorance.

CaptainArgo
CaptainArgo

@WaldoJim @G_David @Brewster_E Once again, nitpicking about the specifics of firearms is completely missing the point.  People get nervous -- and are right to be -- when people are carrying assault rifles in public, whether that rifle is semi automatic or select fire.  Characterizing these arguments as spreading misunderstanding and fear-mongering simply because they get a, frankly inconsequential, technical detail wrong is just ridiculous.  And the fact that you believe that such a detail ISN'T inconsequential in this article is proof positive that you are completely out of touch with the point being made.

WaldoJim
WaldoJim

@CaptainArgo @WaldoJim @G_David @Brewster_E 

If you have to use scare tactics to make your point, then your point isn't worth making. Or don't you get that? That wasn't an accidental oversight. It wasn't some technicality, some detail he screwed up. He thought through his argument, and when he couldn't make it work on its own - he threw in the scare tactic to get support.

And quite frankly, I STILL am bothered LESS by open carry, than concealed carry. Yet, where is the rally to end that? The person getting ready to kill, the person ready to rob a joint, isn't going to advertise on the way in that he has a gun. No, he is going to wait until he gets to where he is going to remove that weapon from hiding and use it. A few open carries will likely make such a person think twice.

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