They are coming together in smaller, loosely organized groups that recruit on the Internet and find inspiration from the tea party movement.
On Monday, several thousand gun owners plan to mount two protests—a march in Washington and an "open-carry" rally in Mount Vernon, Va.
"More and more the gun-rights movement is moving toward a stand-up-and-shout approach," said Jeff Knox, director of the Firearms Coalition, a for-profit, loose-knit coalition of activists. "There's a lot of general frustration with NRA not taking a hard enough line."
Is this what Sebastian keeps catching the flak over, opposing the "stand-up-and-shout approach?" I think he's right that these folks do more harm than good to the gun rights movement.
The WSJ article goes on to name a couple on-line movements which are in the forefront of this more aggressive attempt at carrying their message. "Splinter groups" they called them, which I think is apt. These people are fanatics and everyone else sees them as such, including most gun owners.
Many more moderate and reasonable gun advocates suggest the surreptitious approach. The talk of incrementalism and gaining ground gradually. They propose these methods for good reasons. When their ideas are examined out in the open, when the spotlight of reasonable scrutiny is placed upon their ideas, they appear exactly as they are: self-serving nonsense.
The problem is this self-serving nonsense has a big downside. Due to their desperate efforts to not be inconvenienced, guns are flowing like the Mighty Mississippi into the hands of criminals. Plus a small but not insignificant percentage of the lawful gun owners themselves are committing crimes. The overall result is the laughing stock of the entire world. America, which used to be synonymous with freedom and opportunity is now associated with out-of-control gun violence.
It's no wonder the more reasonable and intelligent gun rights advocates think the open carry demonstrations are a mistake. I agree. They will bring attention to a situation that cries out for correction.
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