Here is my problem with gun snobs: They all seem to think they know what’s best. In many cases they may be right. Many of them have had advanced weapons training and are well versed in the “proper” way to do this or that. However, rather than speak out in favor of education and training, they belittle and disparage normal citizens who’s right to keep AND BEAR arms they claim to support.
Many have jumped on the Texas movement based on a couple of pictures of people OBVIOUSLY posing (like the one on the left here) with their rifles at the “low ready” position. Then they extrapolate from those pictures that these people walk around like that all the time. It takes just a moment on Google to see that is NOT how they normally carry during these events. This snobbery just feeds into the fear-mongering of the anti-gun movement, giving them “pro-gun” support for their allegations that these people are “gun bullies”. I am a firm believer in constructive criticism and even honest and robust disagreements, but it is the viciousness of the attacks that elevate it to gun snobbery. The air of elitism in the tone and dehumanizing insults are the typical traits of the anti-gun
activists NOT the American Gun Culture.
Some also harp on the fact that a few businesses have changed their “gun friendly” policies as a result of these open carry groups. That is partially true, but greatly exaggerated. The truth is that these companies simply do not want to be on the front lines of the gun debate in America. While they initially welcomed the open carriers, they were then called out and publicly shamed by the anti-gun groups causing them to make business decisions that many people misconstrued. A business not wanting to incur the public relations wrath of the anti-gun PR machine and complicit media is not a withdrawal of gun rights support. The gun snobs reinforce the anti-gun groups by publicly chastising their own as well. The handful of companies that made changes get headline news coverage, while the multitude of establishments who remain steadfast in their gun support and still welcome open carriers get no support or coverage.
By far the most egregious and disturbing aspect of gun snobs is their inconsistency. When the federal government is trying to ban “assault weapons” like AR-15s and AK-47s, they argue that they are no different than any other semi-automatic hunting rifle. When someone who is not a Chippendales-type model carries one into a Chipotle, all of a sudden they are scary, making people uncomfortable and hurting the gun rights cause. Now, I’ll admit that they do attract attention, but those carrying them would gladly leave them in the gun case at home and carry their 1911, Glock or Springfield instead, IF THEY COULD. That being said, no one should feel uncomfortable with any type of weapon in public and the fact that even some pro-gun people are, simply illustrates how deeply the scare tactics of the anti-gun movement have affected us all. The aversion to public displays among some “pro-gun” people is disturbing and unfortunately supports the anti-gun agenda far more than the “bad press” that open carriers have gotten. The old saying, “There’s no such thing as bad press” applies here. Any coverage of pro-gun activism creates dialogue, it is only when we start turning on each other as gun owners and 2nd Amendment advocates that it becomes bad.
The Constitutionally-protected natural right of self-defense does not include restrictions on types of arms that can be used, where it can be exercised or who can exercise that right. Americans come in all shapes, sizes, colors and levels of education and training. ALL of us have the unalienable rights we are endowed with by our Creator. To criticize one method of expression or exercise thereof is snobbery and detrimental to the rights of all. Constructive criticism, education and training are one thing but to openly and publicly attack one another based on superficial things like appearance just supports the “inbred redneck hick” stereotype put forth by the anti-gun movement and legitimizes the assertion that even pro-gun people believe that some people can’t be trusted with firearms.
While anti-gun groups and gun snobs focus on the bad press, the good news goes unreported. Stories of how these open carry groups, along with other grassroots organizations including Cold Dead Hands, have advanced the pro-gun debate in Texas do not make news. Advocates showed up in force to testify at Texas Senate open hearings to “Remove barriers to the 2nd Amendment” and spoke eloquently and forcefully for the rights of all of us. They organized pro-gun delegates for the Texas Republican Convention and successfully got Constitutional Carry as a priority. “It’s official, the 2014 RPT State Convention has broken new ground by adopting not only a platform, but also a *grassroots directed* list of legislative priorities they want the SREC to actively promote the adoption of in the 2015 session… Since it was the first time we’ve done this (as far as anyone remembers), we stuck with just one priority, and it’s constitutional carry” said Jeremy Blosser, State Republican Executive Committeeman, Senate District 10.
So, while gun snobs are supporting anti-gun propaganda, Texan Open Carriers and other pro-gun groups are busy actually advancing gun rights in Texas. Perhaps the moral of this story is that people need to stop focusing on social media pictures and videos taken out of context and start living up to the duty of eternal vigilance as citizens. Stop focusing on the bad news, the booger hooks on bang switches and what type of “scary gun” people are carrying. Start doing your research and getting actively involved. As for the businesses that changed their gun policies, customers have a say in whether or not they choose to continue to support such businesses in the future. True 2nd Amendment and gun rights supporters would hold those businesses accountable in support of their brothers and sisters fighting for their rights in Texas. Instead, gun snobs whine that they can’t open carry at their coffee house or Mexican restaurant in their state because of those redneck Texans. Personally, I will support establishments who stood fast in their support of our rights and did not cave to anti-American pressure and propaganda, but that’s just me.
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin
Jon Britton aka DoubleTap is Chief Operating Officer of CDH, Inc., a regular contributing author and regularly involved in most aspects of their social media. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and zombie stories to political advocacy. Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. As a founding member Cold Dead Hands his study of human nature and writing ability found a purpose. His zombie roots provided a variety of issues from prepping to human behavior under crisis to firearms that he applies to his advocacy for gun rights. A ravenous appetite for the study of history combined with his current events political junkie addiction led to him writing an e-book Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future.