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Open Carry Texas Invades Art Festival, Brings Armed Kids!

Gun-toting domestic terrorists Open Carry Texas are still at it! The group decided that, despite being banned from Sundance Square in Fort Worth, they would just attend anyway!


The group–complete with their arsenal–showed up yesterday to once again push the issue of unrestricted open carry of long guns, even bringing armed children to the event, according to Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. While they did not say if these were “good kids with guns” or the “bad” variety we can only assume, given the group’s track record, that these would be the “bad kids with guns.”

The group posted a woman’s phone number and name via a YouTube video the other day in an attempt to intimidate and punish her for having the audacity to report a group of armed lunatics wandering around in public, and has previously waited outside of a restaurant armed to the teeth to bully anti-gun group Moms Demand Action.

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Coalition to Stop Gun Violence points out that Texas requires no background checks or weapons training, and imposes no limitations on the carrying of long guns, which include AR-15s and AK-47s.

This is not the first time they have used children as props either! Last year, the group (against GSA safety regulations) posed–armed–with a Girl Scout troop for publicity.

If this group has succeeded in making any point, it is that Texas needs more restrictive gun laws–NOW!

Updated with additional images via FreakOutNation

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  • https://www.facebook.com/slabotte Scottie La Botte

    Can’t believe this is still up. About two months ago saw the same picture. This way and from the front where this group is standing for a picture. Yes MOMs was inside yes these people stood outside. Showing there pro gun thing ie posters and stuff. To my knowledge they weren’t ban unless the story changed since then. So you are complaining about something that happened months ago and was debunked then.

  • Sam

    I am a gun owner and being that I am not a Texan I wont offer support or ridicule for their open carry activism but I will say this. The photo tells me nothing other than someone was not taught to keep their finger off the bang switch. Beyond that I could just as easily be lead to believe that the photo was set up by anti gunners trying to make gun owners look bad. I mean every gun owner I know has properly taught their children all aspects of firearm safety including proper placement of the trigger finger then I have seen the propaganda images from MDA and their cohorts which more closely resemble the irresponsibility demonstrated in this photo.

  • https://www.facebook.com/mrkgrismer Mark Grismer

    If those are ‘bad kids with guns’ how many people did they shoot?

  • chris

    I will say the boy needs better trigger discipline. Finger on the trigger and bolt closed. Not A good representative. As for the girl could they have found a rifle that fit her better? I’m sure. The pic of the brother sister was staged. Kids open carrying in texas k ow better. Looks more like the kids In this photo were curious and wanted to hold the firearms.

  • Chris

    Guess what? That girl scout troop we posed with in the Stockyards???? While you folks were appalled by all of that, Girl Scout booths were being setup at Gun Shows all across the state.

    It just goes to show how you tend to pick and choose what to make a stink of. If you were really concerned about Girl Scouts, people would have noticed.

  • GunsAreAnAmericanRight

    Whoever wrote this article is biased against gun owners… All of the US should have easier ways of getting guns.. The states that make it easy to carry guns have lower crime rates… Why? Bc who the FUCK is going to break into a home knowing every homeowner is armed too the t with rifles and stuff! :) whoever wrote this article was like “Wahhhh i’m the victem… Whilst i talk massive shit about a bunch of kids” fuck that.

    • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003701192306 E.a. Higgins

      I’m gonna go ahead and assume you’ve never looked at actual (ESRI) global statistics on the correlations between gun ownership and violent crimes.

    • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003701192306 E.a. Higgins

      And before you jump on me for being anti-gun, I’m not. I am a gun owner myself, and go shooting regularly. However, I do not think it need to be easier for people to get guns. Just actually take the time to go to google scholar and look up statistics about homicide, suicide, and violent crime rates with respect to percentage of adults with guns, before spouting false “statistics”.

      • facts are facts

        Check out more guns less crime by lott.

      • https://www.facebook.com/pat.riot.5811 Pat Riot

        You mean those statistics that show, unequivocally, that the violent crime rate has been steadily *DROPPING* for decades, while at the same time firearms ownerships has been steadily *INCREASING*?

        Take your own advice, Ms. Higgins.

        • https://www.facebook.com/kwelnicke Keith Welnicke

          42% of americans own the millions of guns. Like I own several rifles, 4 shot guns and 2 hand guns. While the gun sales have increased, the actual numbers of people that own them have been falling. Please dont confuse the 2.

  • http://none jared

    Its funny how the photo of the group of people that seem to be waiting with guns were actually posing for a photo shoot. I know this cause this was taken in my town. You call us evil walking with guns but who is causing all the real evil with misleading information and editing photos

  • https://www.facebook.com/hytopkity Debra Dearing

    For all those wishing the Traitor States had seceded, are missing one of the reasons we couldn’t allow that to happen. For obvious reasons I would be all for it but understand why it didn’t happen. The coastline is why we would never let them secede. Although we had the east coastline, the southern coastline, or shipping lines was a huge reason the north couldn’t allow them to secede. Although the south except Texas are all” taker” states, having that huge shipping area would be a great loss to the rest of the states, or it would have been. In 1865 we didn’t have the west coast shipping lines as we do now. It’s time to let them go, and let Texas take care of the taker States.

    • Hooper

      Please? Pretty please?

    • Charles Stonick

      Amen sister!

  • https://www.facebook.com/hytopkity Debra Dearing

    For all of you hooting and hollering about ” oh no a finger on the trigger is a no no”, must have missed the part of the article where it says that Texas has the least amount of gun safety or regulations. I’m not surprised at all, and I am not a gun enthusiast. I have fired my share of weapons out hunting with my father and was taught that the very first thing. So with these yahoos, nothing about following gun safety seems typical. Which is exactly why we need stricter gun laws and regulations, especially where kids and guns are concerned. But hey, down south the mentality is not really about safety anyway.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kwelnicke Keith Welnicke

    I am a gun owner and tactics like these dont do use any favors. I would like to know who taught this young man proper gun handling. never put your finger on the trigger unless you are ready to fire and then know your target and what is beyond it. My 8 year old handles a gun better than these 2 kids. We have had a few people here in Wisconsin do the same thing with their M-16…some call it an AR-15 but its just a dressed up M-16. All its going to take is someone like myself with a CC permit to shoot one of these gun wielding idiots claiming that they didnt know the persons intentions carrying the long rifle (stand your ground laws will be used in the first case like this I guarantee it) The parents of these kids dont respect a long gun and the damage they can do when not handled properly. The parents are idiots and should be treated as such.

    • https://www.facebook.com/chuck.schade.1 Chuck S.

      Finger on the trigger. I caught that too. Real safe.

      • Seany

        I’m pretty sure his finger ISNT on the trigger, it’s on the portion above the trigger-well

        • Rob

          Haha. Nope. It’s on the trigger.

        • Heather

          His finger is on the trigger. Period. It’s in the trigger well? ON THE TRIGGER. This is exactly how dangerous mistakes happen.

  • Heather

    That kid has his finger on the trigger. NO. Lesson number ONE in gun safety is never, ever put your finger on the trigger unless you’re about to shoot. Come on.

  • Todd Barton

    I think that this is a VERY biased article. While I don’t fully agree with some of the methods that a few of the open carry groups employ, it is open carry of handguns that is being sought not unrestricted carry of long guns. The long guns are being carried because they are legal to use as a representation. I don’t like that so many choose to use the AR (Armalite) style rifles to make their point but peoples’ ignorance is also multiplying their fear unreasonably. The group photo shown was also used for a gun rights group and when viewed from the front, the way it was organized, it looks a lot more innocent.

    • Ashley

      Did you miss the satire of nearly the ENTIRE article? Wait…do you know what satire is?

      • totintotems

        Sadly this is not satire at all. This is a real “standoff” between MDA and OCT

    • LiberalConstitutionalist

      I used to be a proponent of open carry. But then I saw some of the stats on crime in open carry v concealed carry areas. Crime is lower in concealed carry areas vs open carry…so I no longer support open carry.

  • Johnny 2a

    Why are all of yall anti 2nd Amendment people so quite to call people that don’t agree with you names?

    • Brian Grant

      Vocabulary matters.

      • Jim S

        Quite true.

    • Heather

      I’m trying to understand your question:

      Why do…all…y’all…anti gun people…

      OK, first of all, no one here is “anti gun.” We’re PRO-regulation. And we don’t call people with GUNS names, we call people names who are stupid enough to give their kids long guns to bring to gatherings of people and not warn them to NOT hold their fingers on the triggers!! Gun safety rule #1!

      This stupidity is exactly how “accidents” happen.

      • Hooper

        Heather, you don’t get it. Having you decide the regulations is essentially repealing the 2nd amendment.

        How about this… you decide how the right to bear arms is regulated and we will decide how the 1st amendment is regulated. Deal

        • Heather

          Deciding on regulations is the same thing as repealing the second amendment?! WHAAAAAAT?!

          You are aware that the word “regulated” is right there in the second amendment, correct?!

          • https://www.facebook.com/pat.riot.5811 Pat Riot

            You are aware of the history of that word as it pertains to the Second Amendment, and that it has mo relation to today’s meaning of “regulations”, correct?

            Do a little research before displaying your ignorance in public, Heather.

          • Chris

            Heather, you seem to have forgotten the second amendment… let me help you out.

            “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the rigjt of the people to KEEP and BEAR arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

            This may be difficult for you to comprehend, but the language used was clear and concise. ANY regulation is an infringement.

          • AATTP

            And you are not part of a WELL REGULATED MILITIA. “Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues.’ Antonin Scalia, liberal tyrannical gun-grabber.

    • http://gravatar.com/xenubarb xenubarb

      What kind of names would be appropriate for people who arm children and bring them to public places to make a political statement? I can think of lots, and none are complimentary. Shouldn’t you be defending a rancher or something?

      • https://www.facebook.com/pat.riot.5811 Pat Riot

        What kind of names are appropriate to call people who wave the bloody shirts of victims of violent crime, in the name of their political cause (which many anti-gunners do all the time)?

    • Casey

      The only time you need a gun is when you are going to shot someone or at a firing range. You don’t need a gun here. This is an accident waiting to happen. Unless they want to go on a firing spree. We all know well those turn out. Kids and guns do not mix.

      • cafe conservative

        That’s why so many people were injured at this gathering. Oh, none were? Well it’s happened so many times in the past. Oh, not even then? Doesn’t matter. False hysterics always overrule facts. Moar gun regulashuns n0w!!

        • Heather

          Are you kidding me?! This country has – BY FAR – the highest number of accidental gun fatalities in the world. Please. Just because no one was hurt at this particular gathering doesn’t mean logic no longer applies.

          While this was happening, a THREE YEAR OLD in NC shot himself in the face and died because his grandparents had a loaded gun lying around.

          Don’t be such a willfully ignorant fool. “False hysterics” – please. Children are dying every single day because you morons won’t wake up.

          • chris

            Lmao. Yes children die everyday but not from an inanimate object like a gun. If that were true what about automobiles and chemical cleaners. What the real problem is is parents not doing there job and educating there children. You anti’s are so focused that it’s a gun it’s bad and evil that you fail to see what lies behind things. Curiosity gets the better of our children. You want to save one child then how bout teaching them the morals of life and that death is permanent. How bout letting the kids learn about guns so they know first hand how dangerous a gun is and how to properly handel a weapon. We as a nation have strayed from a lot from when we were younger ( I’m 34). These shootings weren’t as many when I was in school. But then again we had parents that taught us right from wrong and proper morals. Apparently parents my age and younger are lacking in that department these days. SMH mother nature will find a way to even the playing field once again

          • Heather

            You are positively delusional. It’s amazing, really, how people like you are able to spin reality to fit your screaming, rabid BS about how everyone, everywhere, should have a loaded weapon and anyone who thinks we should at least try to REGULATE gun possession and TRAIN anyone who wants to own a weapon is almost funny.

            No one here wants to repeal the second amendment. All we want is reasonable, logical laws about the procurement and ownership of lethal weapons around children. We keep saying that, and you keep screaming that we just want to take your guns away. I am so sick of listening to this crap.

          • LiberalConstitutionalist

            Heather, Casey… I understand your concern with accidents. Fortunately most of these demonstrations involve unloaded weapons without magazines so law enforcement don’t have an excuse to claim that they were a threat. I can’t have an informed opinion about this particular photo since one of them definitely has a magazine in…not encouraging pictures of the event but the majority of these events do not have loaded weapons unless they are legally concealed, and of course those aren’t put in the children’s hands.

    • tim

      Who do all of y’all gun toting hillbillies try to justify your cowardice of owning guns by using the second amendment, which pertains to a well regulated militia, not letting irresponsible assholes and their douche bag kids walk around with guns bigger than they are. Somehow I don’t think this was what the framers had in mind

      • chris

        Actually that is what the framers of our Constitution had in mind. It is up to the people to keep tyranny out of our government. Thanks to beliefs like yours we have exactly what the framers didn’t want in power. The milita just like the government is of the people for the people by the people.

  • Teri Dee

    Has anyone ever heard of ptsd? Post traumatic stress disorder? You can’t tell me that no one could be affected by a bunch of people and kids carrying loaded guns in crowds. What in the hell are they thinking?

    • chris

      Actually only ignorance can come from any reaction to anyone of the anti gun crowd seeing anyone carry but I have a feeling you wouldn’t feel the same if someone had a badge because they were trained. I have a little known fact to your claim that police are well trained. The jurisdiction I live in the police ( city county and state) only qualify once a year and with 40 rounds Daylight and 40 rounds low light (aka dark). I out perform almost all of the cops ( there are a few that are prior service military) on the range and have been asked to help them so they can get better. These officers support the people’s right to bear arms and know that all law abiding gun owners will come to their aid if needed. I know I will. I respect these law enforcement officers. As for your PTSD…… remember this it’s all in your head. they have a right to carry just as you have a right to avoid people that do carry. It’s your right not to own a gun. It’s your right to be a victim if an armed intruder or mugger kills you in the process of a robery. If you don’t like guns don’t buy one. If you think this country should be like others and ban guns please move to one of those utopias you claim have no violence.

      • Heather

        Wow! You really, really don’t get it! You say that we’d have a different reaction to someone with a badge carrying because there trained.

        THAT IS EXACTLY OUR POINT! What do you not get about that! If we knew that everyone who was carrying was ACTUALLY TRAINED, we wouldn’t have this problem!

        Is it your reading comprehension that doesn’t work, or are you just so rabid about how much you hate “liberals” that you’re literally that incapable of seeing that your argument is EXACTLY THE SAME AS OURS?

  • https://www.facebook.com/jbradwelch Brad Welch

    Hate seeing that cute little girl being raised to be a gun nut.

    • Johnny 2a

      Why do all of you anti gun people resort to calling people with guns names?

      • http://facebook.com/evilliberalagenda John Prager

        People with guns are fine. Our writer Richard Rowe has a collection that would make many gun lovers jealous. There’s a difference between appreciating something and fanaticism.

    • Hooper

      You would.

      I think it’s awesome. But then I’m a conservative, I think girls should be raised to handle guns if they want to, or be CEOs, or truck drivers, or whatever else they want.

      The liberal war on women continues.

      • Ellen Mcclanahan

        War on women? That dog doesn’t hunt, sweetie….don’t even try that reverse psychology bullshit here.

        • Charles Stonick

          Ellen, thanks for giving the perfect reply! You made my day. I love when someone throws a BS flag on these yahoos.

        • Hooper

          YOU’RE the ones who think women can’t manage their own lives.

  • Charles Stonick

    Great comments folks, and since I was there I’ll try to provide some context. First of all, the event is the Main Street Art Fest held in downtown Fort Worth Texas. The centerpiece of this several-blocks-long festival is called Sundance Square and in the pic of the kids you can see the angels w/trumpets in the background that define the front of the Bass Performance Hall.

    My understanding is that in Texas it is legal to openly carry long guns and side arms that date before 1900 (or so…can’t remember the specifics). Also, I think replicas of those sidearms are acceptable (but maybe some gun nut can provide us better nut case details on that).

    Posting signs saying “no guns” is not effective…I.e. there is no provision in law for that. So best as I can tell, if some pimply-faced, pencil-necked dick-wad wants to scare folks by walking around with a loaded AR-15 w/a drum magazine…in Texas that’s his right. There’s a reason that these folks elect Perrys and Bushes. They’re dumb.

    • Mary B

      Amrn, Charles… nice summary!

  • LiberalConstitutionalist

    While I agree that they are exercising their rights for the sole purpose of intimidating those who disagree with them. They never open carry loaded because then someone could actually defend themselves against them. But, currently it is legal for them to carry these weapons. And since those people were out there intimidating Moms Demand Action, no one has been hurt. I disagree with their tactics but it is being effective because people are making a big deal out of it. So far none of these people have hurt anyone. So the claim that this is proof that Texas needs stronger laws is false. You should not be intimidated by people with unloaded weapons.If the organizers of the event chose not to have them there, they could have banned them from the event and they would have had to leave. I disagree with the article. Disclaimer: I’m from Texas and support the second amendment because gun control was not an issue until the NRA decided that the Black Panthers should not be arming themselves against violent white people.

    • Charles Stonick

      I asked one of these clowns if the gun was loaded and he told me he’d never carry an unloaded firearm. And I’ve never heard that distinction referenced in any discussion regarding firearms in Texas except for carrying the firearm in the passenger compartment of a vehicle that was NOT crossing county lines. Just saying.

  • Oskar pläschke

    The reason no town was mentioned is that those pictures are from different places and taken out of context .But ppl will believe what they want .

    • http://facebook.com/evilliberalagenda John Prager

      Fort Worth.

    • charles Stonick

      Sorry, you’re one of those ppl that believes what you want. I was there and these pics are from that event. That flag with the three III the stars field blew around my head while I talked to them, and I’d just come out of Bass Hall (saw STOMP) when I encountered them. Sometimes what you read on the internet is actually true (hard as that is to believe).

  • http://irishconnell.wordpress.com irishconnell

    If there are places that say no guns then they were breaking the law. But if the Art Festival hadn’t post signs then the fault for that stupid stunt is on them. Maybe next time they will post signs. And where were the people who stand up to bully tactics like that, hiding in fear on their computers more than likely.

    • SonofMog

      What should they do, start a firefight?

    • Hooper

      Note that Irishconnell is not against bully tactics, just the ones he disagrees with. For liberals, free speech and making political statements is fine… until your speech or your statements disagree with his. then, suddenly, they’re bad.

  • vxc

    Someone needs to teach that kid some f*cking trigger control :P

    • vxc

      The fact that they don’t require training is painfully obvious here

    • Heather

      That’s the part that enrages me. Gun safety rule #1: NEVER, EVER put your finger on the trigger unless you’re about to shoot. Ever.

      The fact that this KID is walking around with his finger on the trigger makes me so mad…how stupid are his parents? My god.

  • MEL

    Where was this? I read it twice and see no city or location listed.

    • Heather

      Very first sentence of the article says it’s in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Altreg01

    This calls for a circular firing squad

  • JFischer

    Organizers of an event have the right to establish whatever safety and behavior restrictions they wish. Open Carry Texas simply demonstrated that they don’t think they should have to obey any rules they don’t like.

    I wonder if those children understood what their parents were doing?

    • Charles Stonick

      Organizers of the event have no such right. They can restrict Conceal & Carry if they follow some very stringent notification rules, but Texas does not provide them a means to restrict open carry of long guns. In fact, the pic of the kids is taken from within the confines of the Art Fest. Welcome to Texas.

  • Marc

    where did the picture come from? it looks like it is posed. Did the parents provide the picture, or were the kids alone. Or are these kids of antigun people looking to make a bad name for those who are pro-2nd amendment. I reserve my reaction of getting indignant with the parents of these kids until some facts about the picture are actually documented.

  • Charles Stonick

    Love the comment about secession. Since I live in Texas (but am American) I’m in favor of Texas secession. In fact I favor the entire Confederate States of America’s secession. We’ve been paying them welfare (avg’g 25% more federal funds to them annually that they pay in fed’l taxes for all of the past150 years) while they honor their treasonous ancestors every chance they get. And after secession we’d see a net increase in our national (American) IQ, effectively a tax reduction, and Lord knows, a reduction in national immorality (read the adultery, divorce, and domestic violence stats).

    • Kathleen

      Then PLEASE by all means leave. Then you can form your own military for when Mexico decides they want their “property” back. If not for the ending of slavery I wish we would have let all the traitor states leave. Good riddance!! The confederate traitor states have NOTHING to offer to the rest of our country. Don’t let the door hit you

      • Charles Stonick

        Kathleen, perhaps you missed my point. I’m with you. Let’s let the traitor states leave (secede) so America can really be the beacon of freedom, the city on the hill. Sorry if my comments were too obscure.

        • http://gravatar.com/mishanti2 mishanti2

          Once a state leaves the Union all federal benefits end. That include the SS payments to all those living in TX..because the US doesn’t HAVE to approve payments to anyone in every country. They have the power to put TX and any other state on this list of no monies.

      • https://www.facebook.com/gray.hunter.1 Gray Hunter

        Yeah…. like those big empty square states out west have anything to offer.
        And who wants to keep those whiney rude polluted industrial states up north? And the Midwest is nothing but gangs and bad music.

        See I can be as bigoted as you are Kathleen! Of course I’m just pretending….

      • Heather

        I think you better re-read his comment and stop biting his face off.

      • Charles Stonick

        Hooper and Mary…you and me both. I actually do wear my TEXAS SECESSION shirt (and receive many positive comments, thank you), but the business men and their minions in the Lege will never let it happen (too profitable on the US of A teet). BTW, read up on the slave patrols and the genesis of the 2nd A. I suspect it will affect your view of what the “well-regulated militia” meant, i.e. a visit to every slave abode every month by the “militia” (lawyers and preachers exempted from service).

    • Hooper

      I suggest that Charles and Kathleen begin by contacting their congresspeople and ask them to begin legislation that allows for secession. Imagine the momentum behind this issue if it began with northern states, you would be free of all those racists in no time.

      • Mary

        If you guys would help us make it happen I would LOVE that…while I agree these kids haven’t been shown to respect and properly handle a firearm the hate for those who believe our second amendment rights shouldn’t be violated and all the hate and venom I’ve read so far is really something. No longer being held to Obamas rule would make me the happiest person in the world. The rest can have him and his “affordable” healthcare. Have fun on the ranting and continued hatred for Texans

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000213552526 John Martin

    Were those who had guns doing so legally? Or were they barred for some reason for having guns at the festival?

  • Charles Stonick

    Yesterday at the Art Fest I happened to walk right into the middle of these yahoos, and we all walked together for 2 blocks. My thoughts: 1) I stopped playing army at 9 yo, 2) they all looked like they lived in their folk’s basements, 3) I didn’t say any of that out loud.

    Guess their intimidation tactics worked on me. Wish we had laws that prevented people from threatening others with weapons…even when they pretend they aren’t doing that.

    • SherrieR

      The President has not confiscated ONE gun? This is NOW the Presidents’s fault, sallyinmi? It seems to me that the tea bagger side of the GOP blocked ANY gun regulation bills that came before the congress, or did you MISS that move??? Obama had NO control over whether the bill came before congress or not. Oh, wait, you blame Obama because the SUN CAME UP THIS MORNING AND WORK YOU UP…..SHAME ON HIM!!!!

      • Mary

        I hope you realize gun owners aren’t the major threat…you ask why Obama hasn’t taken our guns? Are you aware that homeland security has enough ammunition built up to kill every American at least 3 times over? EVERY American…and you find gun owners threatening? I haven’t met a gun owner yet that uses their gun for anything other than hunting, target shooting (within the safe confines of a range) and like myself…protection from home break ins, car jackings and stalker situations (which I have been in and thought I might end up on the 10 pm news) it’s unfair to label everyone as nuts and rebels and fanatics. You think I didn’t consider police first? By law they can’t do anything until he’s done something. So yeah I chose not to life my life in fear…like you guys argue about a woman’s choice I made mine.

        • Julia Hoffman

          You old nutty gun but you. Your fear must be crippling.

    • SherrieR

      These folks are the fringe, who live in a delusional state of mind, that the gumbmet is comin’ for their guns. You think that the CIA is not looking into these folks? ALL their names are already on a list, and they have probably already had a visit from gov. folks. They are FRINGE IDIOTS.

      • displacedjim

        Compare your first sentence to your second and third. To someone who values liberty, if the second and third are true, then the attitude of the first is justified.

    • Woodstockgurl

      You hit it spot on, Charles. If I’m in an area with armed people, I feel threatened. This is not the wild West. 26% of Americans have some kind of mental illness – and that’s just the reported ones who have received treatment at some point. So if 100 of these people show up at an event, about a quarter of them suffer from a diagnosable mental condition. 1 in 17 suffer from severe illness – psychosis, schizophrenia, personality disorders.

      I’m not comfortable with those odds.


  • paul fredine

    typical bullies. what was their point? people holding the event have every right to put restrictions into place, but NATURALLY like a bunch of petulant children they show up for no other reason but to intimidate people out to enjoy a peaceful afternoon. what about their rights? bullies, plain and simple.

  • http://gravatar.com/jandjowens64p J.Owens

    This is really stupid and dangerous at every level. To make it even worse – these kids have not been trained on how to handle guns, probably because the parent doesn’t know either. The boy has his finger on the trigger. Talk about a disaster waiting to happen.

    • http://gravatar.com/smallwoodenator smallwoodenator

      It’s gun nut bullshit. That boy should not be permitted to carry a gun anywhere when he knows little about gun safety. Or was he planning on shooting someone when he has his finger on the trigger around large groups of people. His parents are obviously irresponsible idiots when they watch him do this.

  • http://gravatar.com/eveas David Kyle

    Seems like someone may need to stand their ground. It isn’t hard to prove a threat when an armed mob is attempting to bully someone.

  • Ted Holland

    Those children should be taken from those parents. They clearly are not fit to raise kids. Teaching hate goes against everything Jesus taught us.

    • displacedjim

      Which verse quotes Jesus teaching the taking of children from their parents?

      • the pope

        Deuteronomy 21:18-21
        Exodus 21:15
        Exodus 21:17
        Genesis 22:2,10
        Exodus 12:29-30
        2 Kings 2:23-24
        Leviticus 26:29
        Deuteronomy 28:53
        Psalm 137:9

        If you read the bible and believe jesus is part of the trinity you would know this.

        • Heather

          First of all, only Catholics (like me) believe in the Holy Trinity. Secondly, nothing that happened before Jesus was conceived counts as something Jesus did. You cannot point to Old Testament verses as actions or sayings of Jesus. Some of Jesus’s teachings directly contradict the Old Testament.

          • Hooper

            So your ignorant of what conservatives and protestants believe. A double header. Makes one wonder on what subject you can talk with anything approaching authority.

            ALL Christians believe in the Holy Trinity. That is a defining belief.

            Jesus taught NOTHING that contradicts the OT. I suspect you need a beginners course on what the OT is, what it is for, and why we have it.

            Having written that… you’re correct that the OT is constantly abused and misused.

          • Heather

            Wow. Nope. Catholics believe in the Holy Trinity as all three beings are one. Catholics are the only branch of Christianity who believe this.

            I had 18 years of religious education. You can call me every name under the sun and it’s not going to change the fact that you’re wrong.

            And have terrible grammar.

          • Charles Stonick

            Folks, I think this thread has wandered a bit from the point, so let’s reset. Several gun nuts paraded around a peaceful Art Fest with rifles, side-arms and hunting knives to make a point. What was that point? That everyone should feel free to carry firearms everywhere? I think that was it.

            The US has the most firearms per capita in the world (Yemen is a distant second). The US has the most firearm deaths per capita by a factor of 10000 (honestly…we record 30K a year and most OECD record less than a dozen).

            The NRA (and their minions) tell us the way to deal with that is more firearms. Logic seems to be foreign here, but hey, they are entitled to their opinion.
            My hope is that this article (albeit with a pic from an earlier demonstration of their potential firepower at the Black Eyed Pea) will spur a discussion that starts with, “What are you afraid of?”

            I’ve lived in NYC, Boston, Chicago, and many other places and never felt like I had to have a gun. I walked home from the W Village at 4AM (to SoHo) a hundred times and never felt scared. What the heck are all you people afraid of? Maybe you need psychiatrists more than armories.

            And that idea that your rifles will stop the “tyranny of the gummint” is really absurd. Why not just use the tools provided by the Founders, and execute self-government (yeah, it requires real adult work…but grow up).

          • AATTP

            Thanks for the great insight!

  • https://www.facebook.com/jlee.cline J Lee Cline

    We need another Wyatt Earp, Dodge City is out of control…again. Madness from the GOP goons!

    • JFischer

      A badge was all that distinguished Wyatt Earp from some of the crooks he faced down.

    • Marcos

      A modern day “HELL’S HALF ACRE”.
      Look it up.
      They obviously lack proper gun handling training.

      Sundance Square is a public/private venture location. This area of downtown FW’s security is overseen by the “Lemon Head” patrols (bright yellow bike helmets) and FWPD. Should any tragic event have occurred from the likes of these Legal Carry groups or others, then the liability will fall solely on the Bass family and their Sundance Square entity for not restricting gun access at such a publicly held and privately operated (by Association) event.

      That area of the entire county has the most highly concentrated number of law enforcement personnel in a given square mile.
      There is absolutely no need to display such a depiction of modern day weaponry.

  • Hooper

    I love it! Thanks for posting this, John

    • http://facebook.com/evilliberalagenda John Prager

      …wait, what?

  • http://gravatar.com/sallyinmi sallyinmi

    My son lives with his family (my 5 and 8 year old grandkids and their mother) outside Houston. I am warning him constantly to be very aware of the homes he allows his children to visit. Texas really really wants to secede and become Somalia of the North. Just who are these fools afraid of? (Oh, yes, the President of the US, who has not confiscated ONE gun.)

    • https://plus.google.com/117689869630287445693 CoCo Mars

      @sallyinmi this site has some really good suggestions for your son & his family… Statistics and real stories of gun related tragedies as well as tips for how to start the conversation. In a country w/so many guns, and so many unsecured ones, it’s time we start asking. By the way, I’m a gun owner (safely stored always) and would NOT be offended by any question regarding our storage practices. http://www.cpyv.org/programs/ask/parents/what-is-the-ask-campaign/

      • Howard

        The photo of the group gathered outsiThe photo is completely he restaurant was from another event that took place months ago. The gris was carrying long firearms openly but they weren’t gathered outside anywhere, They were posing for a group photo and the image shown was taken of them from a different angle. Now that image is being used to perpetrate a fraud. There goes your credibility right down the sewer pipe. When the facts dont support your argument, make up new ones.

        • tim

          Please learn to spell and apply proper grammar

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