The recent coverage of the Open Carry movement in Texas has brought the “Gun Snobs” out in full force. What is a “Gun Snob”, you ask? A Gun Snob is someone who claims to support the 2nd Amendment, BUT… They typically criticize other gun owners and advocate for a variety of issues from the open carry vs concealed carry debate to “tactics” employed in advocacy. The long-gun open carry movement in Texas is a prime example. Criticism has ranged from, “You’re hurting all gun owners” to, “Can we at least get someone under 400 lbs. to be the poster child for the movement?” One comment on a Facebook thread I was reading likened it to Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement, saying that many black Americans criticized her for “Rocking the boat”, saying she wasn’t “Helping their cause”; of course the rest of that story is now history.
In writing this article, I had originally chastised both the NRA and the Texas Open Carry movement because I fell into the same knee-jerk reaction to which most others had succumbed. It wasn’t until I went to sum it all up at the end that it dawned on me what is really going on here. The divide and conquer strategy of the anti-gun movement is working, sadly enough it has infiltrated all levels of pro-gun advocacy. Ironically, I wrote an article on this very subject almost a year and a half ago: Weapons of Mass Distraction: The Divide and Conquer Strategy.
This recent tiff between the NRA and long gun open carriers in Texas has nothing to do with long guns, advocacy tactics or any of the other common arguments from one side or the other. This divide is the direct result of the success of the anti-gun propaganda campaigns. Many of those fighting to protect our natural right of self defense and against government infringement of those rights have fallen prey to the propaganda. What this all boils down to is that the demonization of firearms has become entrenched, even in the minds of many pro 2nd Amendment gun owners. Unfortunately, it has become more pervasive than many firearms advocates realize or want to admit. The dreadfully worded, and since recanted, statement which you can read in it’s entirety here: Good Citizens and Good Neighbors: The Gun Owners’ Role is a prime example.