Open Carry Texas—God bless 'em; they're turning out inadvertently to be our great ally—posted an instructional video recently that defies credibility. You have to see this little piece—4:00—of cinéma vérité to believe it.
Before you watch it, let me set it up. Let's imagine that you had some folks who were getting ready to carry their weapons openly in a public space, and let's further imagine that many of these weapons were what are popularly categorized as "assault weapons," and let's further agree that, whether or not you accept that categorization, these weapons belong to the same class of weaponry that armed Adam Lanza when he walked into Sandy Hook Elementary—weapons that are capable of wreaking a great deal of havoc in a very short span of time.
And let's further remember that our instructor for this class, which is being taught tuition-free, by the way, from the back of a pick-up truck, is a fellow named Alex "Gun Runner" Clark, and that he designates himself as a "Firearms Safety Instructor."
From the beginning of the video, Gun Runner, with his own assault rifle shouldered and a side-arm reverse-holstered, warns his followers that this event might be a little "overwhelming" for them.
"Overwhelming," I'm thinking to myself? With war-grade weaponry strapped across their backs where mothers, fathers, and children are shopping? What could possibly go wrong?
Because, as Gun Runner reminds these amatuer activists, there have been "incidents" in the past. Because, like, don't tread on me. Because 2A.
Yeah, I don't want to know much more about these incidents either.
A few highlights though: For his followers who are about ready to carry loaded assault weapons into a public area, Gun Runner feels he should tell them where the muzzle is.
Gun Runner then reminds them that people might want to "take pictures of them." This is the paparazzi argument: don't let your new-found celebrityhood affect your personal choices, like pointing your gun at shoppers. (But of course open-carry is not about getting attention; still, I wonder what else would make this event "overwhelming." The cameras and stuff; the thrill of activism.)
And don't forget: keep your hands off the trigger! Why? Because "we have no reason to be shooting at anybody today!"
I'm not making this up. This happened. Period.
And then, the video's over. Class finished. Open Carry Texas activists, having just learned where the muzzle on their war-grade weaponry is located, can take to the streets now.
I'm not making this up either. Watch the video.
One thing I'll say about Gun Runner and his safety classes. He totally embarrasses the American military who waste months and months of our tax dollars teaching firearms safety and tactical strategy for urban combat to our soldiers.
All you need is Gun Runner, a pick-up, assault weapons, and four minutes of your precious time.