Texas musicians are planning to answer the open-carry protests that Open Carry Texas has been doing. Raw Story reports these music lovers plan to exercise their right to openly carry guitars on July 4th. Oak Cliff musician and organizer Barry Kooda suggested the rally on Facebook as a more light-hearted response than what’s been happening.
His fans, friends and followers shared the idea around Facebook, and as the event grew, people began offering to sell t-shirts and other promotional items. Open Carry Guitar Rally will also, naturally, have live music. Over 8,000 people were invited, and 939 have said they will attend so far, according to the event’s Facebook page. As for what they’re supposed to do, Kooda says they should remember to use the bathroom before they leave the house, and that they can park on streets nearby.
Even the event’s instructions are laid out in a humorous way. He also wants people to be aware that this is a type of open-source event, so people ought to scout the place ahead of time, and make things and do things while they’re there.
Kooda also says, on the Facebook page:
“I am not anti gun, I am pro guitar. Anything else [people created in their own minds] and has nothing to do with me. I will let the universe do what it does and I will have fun.”
While alcohol isn’t allowed in the parks, there are restaurants and bars nearby if people want food and drinks, and various participants have their own ideas for what they’re doing. One wants to make videos of guitarists playing the Star Spangled Banner in the key of E, a la Jimi Hendrix. Another hopes to highlight the dangers of open-carry events, and how they promote dangerous use of dangerous weapons. Kooda also says that yes, people have rights, but they don’t have to wave them in everyone’s faces. He wants people to leave their guns at home.
Kooda is himself a gun owner. His problem is not guns, it’s the idea that these open carry rallies could desensitize society to seeing people casually walking around with high-powered long guns. Kooda emailed The Huffington Post, saying:
“The idea of desensitizing people to the sight of someone walking in to a fast food restaurant with an automatic rifle is not good. One should feel alarm. It’s the proper response in such situations.”
He also said that being concerned when “some jackwagon” comes into Target carrying an AK-47 is a good and proper response, and he’s right. The open-carry nuts are doing at least one of these two things: The first is intimidation. They seem to want to intimidate and frighten people. The other is that they seem to want to desensitize people to seeing these guns everywhere, so people will stop caring, and thus, stop fighting. Kooda rightly worries about that; we should never be desensitized to that.
The response to the rally has been positive, and there aren’t many expectations. The biggest is that people are to rock out on their guitars if they want, so long as they don’t injure someone while they’re rocking out.
It’s an attempt to satirize Open Carry Texas and other open-carry movements. And maybe, just maybe, it’ll succeed in making people aware of just how dangerous the open-carry movement actually is.
Watch the local news report on Open Carry Guitar.
Here’s CBS DFW’s report on Open Carry Guitar, where you can also hear Barry Kooda’s skill with a guitar (this may take a few seconds to load).
Photo: Open Carry Guitar Rally’s Facebook page.