Reading a city newspaper while having breakfast in the airport yesterday, I glanced at the news roundup. It included that fact that in Texas outlets, the Whataburger chain is putting up “no open carry” signs, since the allowing that recently passed in the Lone Star State.
The item, printed without a byline, says in part, “In an open letter on the company’s website, Whataburger president and CEO Preston Atkinson said many employees and customers are ‘uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm.’”
This past week, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision that gay marriage was legal, and such a marriage performed in any one state has legal standing in all the other 49. I have no problem with gay marriage – why should we heterosexuals be the only ones to suffer?
This actually makes sense. It has always been anomalous that states would recognize one another’s pilot’s license, heterosexual marriage license, driver’s license, etc., but not one another’s permit to carry concealed and loaded handguns. If heterosexual marriage didn’t set a precedent creating national reciprocity on carry, I’m not clear on how gay marriage somehow will.
Coincidentally, I happened to be in Chicagoland when it happened. As you might imagine, advocates of the right to self-protection are smiling rather smugly. Being one of them, so am I, all the more so because of my long service on the board of trustees of the Second Amendment Foundation, which funded the landmark US Supreme Court case of McDonald, et. al. v. Chicago, which paved the way for concealed carry permits for law-abiding citizens in Illinois.
What brought me to Chicago in the first place this trip was the largest conference of police instructors in the world, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, in Wheeling. This coming Friday morning, I’ll be on a “train the trainers” panel chaired by Don Alwes, whose topic is dealing with mass murder attempts in progress. The shooting mentioned above has already been discussed at this seminar, with much the same approval as is being seen from the law-abiding armed citizenry. It promises to be an interesting discussion.
By the way, as is usual in seminars that cater to actual working cops, the National Rifle Association had a booth showcasing their current and long-lasting support of police training, and the anti-gunners were conspicuous by their absence…
The National Rifle Association Annual Meeting saw streets in Nashville closed for the NRA’s massive country music street festival as hordes teemed through the Music City convention center. The Evil Princess was at the Moms Demand Action anti-gun protest on Saturday, and noted that the predicted turnout of 400 appeared to be a lot smaller than that. She observed several of our NRA people there at one point, having cordial discussions with some of the Moms. Our friend Miggy Gonzalez channels Bob Owens and applies his own take on it, here: http://gunfreezone.net/wordpress/index.php/2015/04/11/mom-demand-in-nashville-it-is-all-in-the-angle-and-sometimes-not-even/ .
The newspapers are estimating 70,000 NRA members in attendance, by contrast. When I attended the NRA’s annual Firearms Law Session, a small “break-out session” by NRA standards, there were some 310 attending.
Our side has the numbers.
The meeting continues Sunday.
Overview of the “Crowd” of Demanding Moms
Below: Some of the NRAAM attendees engage the “Moms” in “reasoned discourse.”
What does Shannon Watts, mouthpiece for the Bloomberg anti-gun front group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have in common with the New York Daily News? They both recently told the world that the National Rifle Association is a bunch of hypocrites because they want their members to be able to carry on the streets, but won’t let them pack heat at their own annual conference later this week in Nashville, TN.
Speaking of Ms. Watts, last year she held a tiny “counter-demonstration” to oppose the NRA being in her home town, which in 2014 was Indianapolis. Significant Other and I went over to see it, and found that the Bloomberg folks had had to bus in people. They also had Ms. Watts surrounded with armed bodyguards of Men In Black motif. We outed them here and elsewhere.
Ms. Watts has announced that she’ll have another counter-demo in Nashville this weekend, but the location has not yet been announced. Perhaps it’s “by invitation to bused-in Bloomberg minions only.” Or maybe they’re wondering whether or not to have it in a gun-free park…and how it will affect their armed bodyguards if they do.