This is how terrifying it is to live in my city, state, and country right now.
Open Carry Texas Women gather in downtown SA
That’s right. A group of women gathered, some with their children, to show off that they can openly carry guns, such as an AR-15, as a demonstration.
"I want to be able to show that women are very capable of handling weapons. We are very capable of protecting ourselves, and we can take this walk and educate the public," said Holly Burditt, OCT Women member.
You think this action convinces me you are capable of handling weapons? It does the opposite! This is not safe and as for its effect on the public, I am absolutely terrified to live in a city that allows this type of thing. This displays all the more reason you shouldn’t have weapons because you do not appear to be a responsible gun user.
This does not show a necessity for safety but rather a great danger.
This does not show education because from what I have read of those more knowledgeable about guns, they need to be kept unloaded and locked away when not in use. Their danger needs to be understood, and you do not show that understanding.
Evidently, our Texas open carry gun law goes as follows: *Long gun, and black powder weapon (including handgun) open carry is not forbidden by law, unless it is done in a manner “calculated to cause alarm.” Open carry of a long gun is generally allowed in rural areas.
I’m going to say I agree with the authors of this article.
Whatever else may be said with them, guns always say, “I can kill.” And the audience always hears, “That gun can kill me with the slightest of its carrier’s effort. My life hangs entirely upon the carrier’s forbearance.”
I’m certainly alarmed. Others have been shot to death by police for less, less being toy guns.
Edit-The few responses to this blog appeared to be hung up on my use of the term “assault rifle,” despite double-checking with someone my usage, so I’ll just say “guns,” for the time being.