Run Away, Don’t Pay! #opencarry #NRA #ammosexuals #OpenCarryTexas

I had already decided months ago when morons with guns started invading restaurants and stores that if I was, for example, in a Chipotle with Little Tony and several people displaying guns came in I would leave immediately and call 911. I have no desire to get into an argument with an ammosexual who is getting off on exposing their great big guns to everybody. But then the Prof reminded me of something I read at Wonkette last week that  brilliantly articulates this idea and need to share with you; Professor Weinstein’s argument for how to respond to open-carry advocates, which is to leave. I will reprint the core of his argument here:

The questions that concerns me [sic] now is how we bystanders should react when people come into a store with guns. There really is no legitimate way of determining intent. Even if the people with guns are carrying a sign claiming to be activists (which they do not do), they could be lying, just setting us all up for slaughter. And since there is no way to know what is on their minds, all we have are our instincts, but as we all should know, our instincts are often racist, classist, and frequently mistaken. So, what should we do?

My proposal is as follows: we should all leave. Immediately. Leave the food on the table in the restaurant. Leave the groceries in the cart, in the aisle. Stop talking or engaging in the exchange. Just leave, unceremoniously, and fast.

But here is the key part: don’t pay. Stopping to pay in the presence of a person with a gun means risking your and your loved ones’ lives; money shouldn’t trump this. It doesn’t matter if you ate the meal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just received food from the deli counter that can’t be resold. It doesn’t matter if you just got a haircut. Leave. If the business loses money, so be it. They can make the activists pay.

Following this procedure has several advantages. First, it protects people. Second, it forces the businesses to really choose where their loyalties are. If the second amendment is as important as people claim, then people should be willing to pay for it. God knows, free speech is tremendously expensive. If it weren’t, I’d be reading this on ESPN during prime time, not posting this on Blogger.

Third, this proposal has the added advantage of taking the activists seriously. Most gun-rights activists describe a world of tremendous dangers. Guns, they repeatedly tell us, are the only thing between home invasion, rape, murder, and government intrusion. Okay, well if that’s true, then we bystanders should be equally afraid, and react instantaneously to keep away the chaos and the violence. We learned to be afraid from the gun-rights supporters. They have gotten everything they wanted.

Weinstein has an excellent follow-up essay and debunks the notion of linking gun control to the Holocaust here.

3 Responses to “Run Away, Don’t Pay! #opencarry #NRA #ammosexuals #OpenCarryTexas”

  1. Sure. Weinstein. I’ll leave without paying. Then the store can call the cops (who have guns) to come find me. I wonder if there’s a statistic out there about how many interactions with gun activists become fatal vs how many interactions with police become fatal…


    • For those of you that are about to take this the wrong way, I am in no means an open carry activist or an over the top gun rights advocate.

  2. LOL.
    The whole thing reminds me of the proverb that when you have a hammer every problem looks like a nail. People who carry guns around have a really big hammer-cops included.

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