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Temporary NRA sanity

From an editorial Thursday in the Baltimore Sun:

It is a comfort, albeit one of small caliber, to learn that there are actions people can take in the cause of gun rights that are so extreme they give pause to some poor soul within the headquarters of the National Rifle Association. Recent demonstrations in Texas in which proponents of open-carry gun laws have toted rifles into fast food outlets en masse got a written reprimand from the NRA – until a spokesman apologized for the criticism.

For those who have not followed the travails of Open Carry Texas and its allies, just be thankful that you don’t live in the Lone Star state and have a hankering for a barbacoa burrito. In recent months, it’s become common for demonstrators to show up at variety of public places with AR-15s or similar long guns strapped to their backs, which is legal in Texas.

Indeed, it’s happened so frequently that a growing number of chains have banned armed patrons from their premises. Apparently, these establishments discovered that it makes customers a bit nervous to sit down to eat while heavily armed civilians chow down in close proximity.

This conflict has not been lost on the NRA, which while applauding the enthusiasm of demonstrators, suggested “a small number have recently crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness.”

Whoa. That sounds pretty reasonable. But, it didn’t last long. On Tuesday, NRA lobbyist Chris Cox publicly called the statement a “mistake” and only the personal opinion of a staffer. So much for the organization showing signs of common sense.

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