Even Texas Cops Think Open Carry Is A Stupid Idea, Dismiss “Good Guy With A Gun” Claims

Texas is Ground Zero for the epidemic of bullying known as “Open Carry” in which little boys manly men walk around with their penis extensions guns strapped to their back pretending that they’re just defending their Second Amendment right to terrorize their neighbors “protect themselves” from black people criminals:

Chris Hall spoke out last month during a rally at the statehouse organized by Come and Take It – Texas, saying there’s little reason to fear someone openly carrying a gun around in public.

“The easiest way to find out if it’s a bad guy is which direction it’s pointed,” said Hall, who was carrying a rifle over his shoulder at the time. “If it’s pointed at you, they’re a bad guy. If it’s not pointed at you, don’t worry about it.”

If that sounds like the logic of a child, you wouldn’t be alone. Even down in Texas, one of the most conservative states in the Union, 75% of police chiefs are against open carry laws:

Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officer’s Union, dismissed the pro-gun activist’s comments as ridiculous.

“That person’s never been a police officer and never been shot at,” Hunt said. “That’s what I would have to say to that person.”

I’m certainly no huge supporter of the police but open carry puts them, and the public, in more danger. More guns = more gun violence. Period. Every reputable study shows this (one of the many reasons the NRA wants to keep the CDC from studying gun violence). The police are painfully aware of this reality:

Houston’s police chief said open carry would make police work even more dangerous.

“As a police chief trying to keep two and a half million people safe, I’m just opposed to inserting more guns into a situation that I feel like could cause more harm,” said Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland.

The easiest way to tell whether or not your average ammosexual is really concerned about people being able to legally shoot black people “protect themselves” from a “bad guy with a gun” is to ask whether or not they support mandatory training for gun owners. They usually don’t. They seem to believe that just owning a gun makes them immune to danger, as if watching Rambo and American Sniper magically makes them gunslingers.

But here in the real world, we know that even the police, with hours upon hours of training, still make mistakes and innocent bystanders get injured. How much more dangerous is a gun in the hands of an untrained imbecile with delusions of grandeur?

‘Murika.

 

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