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…we should all leave. Immediately. Leave the food on the table in the restaurant. Leave the groceries in the cart, in the aisle. Stop talking or engaging in the exchange. Just leave, unceremoniously, and fast.

But here is the key part: don’t pay. Stopping to pay in the presence of a person with a gun means risking your and your loved ones’ lives; money shouldn’t trump this. It doesn’t matter if you ate the meal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just received food from the deli counter that can’t be resold. It doesn’t matter if you just got a haircut. Leave. If the business loses money, so be it. They can make the activists pay..
What we’re witnessing from these groups should absolutely be considered a form of “terrorism,” thinly disguised as a defiant protest in support of the Second Amendment. Make no mistake, like the Bundy radicals, they’re itching for a fight. They want to be arrested. They want a nation in which the open carrying of deadly weapons is commonplace — with the critical downside that once the guns are accepted fashion accessories and the public is desensitized, actual homicidal mass shooters can more successfully blend into crowds without having to conceal a damn thing. It defies reason that in the wake of these mass shootings gun laws continue to become more permissible, rather than more restrictive. More astonishing is the reality that open carry gatherings in public places, especially in locations where the open carriers aren’t welcome, isn’t a more contentious issue. The logical endgame here is a society in which every third or fourth white guy you bump into at McDonald’s is armed with a retail product that can kill you on the spot. It’s growing into a Mad Max movie with fewer shoulder pads and more corporate gathering places. Wait, come to think of it, firearms were banned inside Bartertown. So the metaphor doesn’t totally hold up, but you know what I mean. As with the conspiracy theory nutbars, there’s an opportunity to marginalize the open carry gangs before their ridiculous “cause” balloons into societal regularity. There’s an opportunity to shame them as extremists who are slowly transforming our public places into Tombstone, Arizona. Oh, dammit, that’s right — guns were banned in Tombstone, too.

The men, members of the groups Open Carry Texas and Open Carry Tarrant County, asked him which news network he was with. When he said he wasn’t, things began turning frosty. They pressed him about what he thought of their demonstration, and he replied with an unvarnished opinion that included profanities, language he told me he regrets having used.

"I’m all for responsible gun owners," he says. "What I was taught was not to wear it around like a gold chain. What they’re doing is irresponsible. It intimidates the public, and people have just as much right to be comfortable in their public environment as these guys have a right to own their firearms."

Suddenly he was surrounded by about a half-dozen armed men. They started badgering him with questions and accusing him of being anti-American. “I said, ‘Are you kidding me? I served in the military.’ They were trying to intimidate me, and when I didn’t cower that upset them,” he said. But he was starting to feel nervous and decided to disengage and walk away.

Gun Activists With Assault Rifles Harass Marine Veteran on Memorial Day

Hey, gun nuts and others on the right: do you hear yourselves talking?

Of course not. These are scared, petty people who pretend that they aren’t the pawns of the oligarchs for whom they (unwittingly) bid for.

These are people stewed in Ronald Reagan’s denial. Not only do they support politics which is harmful to themselves, but they are actively ignorant of their narcissism. Participation in democracy to them is staging Lord Of The Flies without any other players’s consent. They have been ponerized to erode our commonwealth. They have been trained to despise people by demagogues who have turned in to abstractions (consider how the words liberal and socialist are used as epithets and used as synonyms by right-wing extremists while they lack the capacity to explain the difference between the two), so there for they worship inanimate objects that give these scared people power - the firearms that give them the power to inflict pain and death if they chose to use them.

For them to admit a mistake, to truly engage in dialogue where they may have to contemplate a new idea, to show regret, remorse, compassion, empathy, etc. would be the destruction of their raison d’etre and to have to face the identity crushing truth that they are as powerless and as vulnerable as anyone they have repressed with their ideology.

Why are these people carrying weapons into Chili’s and Sonic?

Chili’s and Sonic need to reassure customers by creating gun sense policies for their restaurants.

Gun extremists armed with semiautomatic rifles walked into locations of both Chili’s and Sonic this week, scaring some customers and prompting both restaurants to consider significant policy changes.

Families going out to dinner shouldn’t feel threatened by other customers walking around with loaded rifles. Let’s tell Chili’s and Sonic that we support gun sense policies that keep their restaurants safe.

While it’s legal in a majority of states for virtually anyone to openly carry around loaded weapons without any permits, training, or background checks, it’s also extremely dangerous. Chipotle, Starbucks, and Jack in the Box have already responded to petitions from moms and other gun sense supporters asking to the stores not to allow guns.

Fifteen years after Columbine rattled America to its core, people still get shot while they’re at school. People get shot while they’re at work. People get shot eating. People get shot drinking. People get shot watching movies, shopping, driving, swimming, skipping, and playing baseball. It’s 2014 and in America, people get shot doing basically any goddamn thing you can think of.
Sandy Hook shooter’s mother took him shooting from age four, lied to buy him guns and abandoned her disturbed ‘lost cause’ son to go on holidays herself, new book reveals 
It lays out the strongest case yet against the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter - just days after parents of the victims said her ‘bad parenting’ was partly to blame.
Nancy knew as far back as 2000 that there was ‘something very wrong’ with the boy and effectively abandoned her disturbed son last year while she went on trips by herself.
Meanwhile, Adam Lanza was left alone in the house they shared where he spent his days playing violent video games and filling in a 7ft by 4ft spreadsheet ranking the worst mass murders of all time by number of fatalities. 
Just three days before his rampage - the second worst in U.S. history - she checked into a four-star hotel for two nights and paid $450 for a luxury spa package that included a 50-minute facial and a 50-minute body treatment. 
Meanwhile, Adam Lanza was left alone in the house they shared where he spent his days playing violent video games and filling in a 7ft by 4ft spreadsheet ranking the worst mass murders of all time by number of fatalities.

Sandy Hook shooter’s mother took him shooting from age four, lied to buy him guns and abandoned her disturbed ‘lost cause’ son to go on holidays herself, new book reveals

It lays out the strongest case yet against the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter - just days after parents of the victims said her ‘bad parenting’ was partly to blame.

Nancy knew as far back as 2000 that there was ‘something very wrong’ with the boy and effectively abandoned her disturbed son last year while she went on trips by herself.

Meanwhile, Adam Lanza was left alone in the house they shared where he spent his days playing violent video games and filling in a 7ft by 4ft spreadsheet ranking the worst mass murders of all time by number of fatalities. 

Just three days before his rampage - the second worst in U.S. history - she checked into a four-star hotel for two nights and paid $450 for a luxury spa package that included a 50-minute facial and a 50-minute body treatment.

Meanwhile, Adam Lanza was left alone in the house they shared where he spent his days playing violent video games and filling in a 7ft by 4ft spreadsheet ranking the worst mass murders of all time by number of fatalities.

The US Park Police lost track of hundreds of handguns, rifles, machine guns and shotguns, some of which were being stored in officers’ homes, a new Inspector General’s report found. Investigators also discovered that 1,400 guns intended for destruction were instead stored in Park Police facilities, and at least 198 handguns donated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had not been properly registered. The Park Police is responsible for protecting Washington, D.C.’s national monuments and parks, and the latest example of mismanagement has caused concern that the weapons may have fallen into the wrong hands.