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Do you want guns with those fries?

Sane people are starting to push back:

It would be an understatement to say that the tactics of gun rights activists have been backfiring of late. The showdown has taken place foremost in Texas, where in recent months groups such as Open Carry Texas have conducted provocative demonstrations in which armed men exercise their right under state law to carry semi-automatic rilfes in public. No fewer than five national food and beverage chains have now told them to get rid of their guns or get lost, including Starbucks, Wendy’s, Applebees, Jack In The Box, and Chipotle.

And now Chili’s and Sonic have effectively joined the list: Two videos posted on YouTube on May 19 by the San Antonio chapter of Open Carry Texas—since removed from public view but obtained by Mother Jones—show its armed members being refused service at both restaurants. The two companies have not made official statements on open carry but have since indicated that they are reviewing their policies. From the nervous and angry reactions of some patrons to comments from some of the gun activists themselves, it’s not difficult to see why these spectacles haven’t been winning many people over.

When a young woman approaches the group in Chili’s and expresses her dismay, a guy with an assault rifle strapped across his back offers her a flier. “Um actually, there’s children here,” she replies, “and you’re a dumbass.” As she walks away one member of the group comments mockingly, “Yes, I’m a dumbass,” and then says of her, “must be Moms Demand Action,” referring to the national gun-reform group.

Open Carry Texas’ hostility toward Moms, which has pressured corporations over the demonstrations using social media campaigns, has been displayed in more disturbing ways. As I detailed in a recent investigation, members of Open Carry Texas have been involved in harassment, bullying and degradation of women.

In the Sonic video, as the thwarted gun group lingers in an adjacent parking lot, one member says: “I just wish I had my kids in there when that one young chick come up and started rattin’ her mouth.”

Big manly men with guns

There’s some really creepy psychosexual crap going on with these gun nuts:

As Jennifer Longdon steered her wheelchair through the Indianapolis airport on April 25, she thought the roughest part of her trip was over. Earlier that day she’d participated in an emotional press conference with the new group Everytown for Gun Safety, against the backdrop of the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting. A mom, gun owner, and Second Amendment supporter, Longdon was paralyzed in 2004 after being shot in her car by unknown assailants, and has since been a vocal advocate for comprehensive background checks and other gun reforms.

As Longdon sat waiting for her flight, a screen in the concourse showed footage of the press conference. A tall, thin man standing nearby stared at Longdon, then back at the screen. Then he walked up to Longdon and spat in her face. No one else blinked.

Longdon was shocked and embarrassed, she told me, but she didn’t falter. “Wow, aren’t you a big man,” she said as he turned and walked away. Instead of calling for security, she wheeled herself to a restroom to clean herself off. She was tired—she lives with constant physical pain—and didn’t want to miss her flight. “Should I have done something more? Quite honestly, in the scheme of things it was a little man and a little moment,” she said. “He felt to me like a coward and a bully.”

What happened to Longdon in Indianapolis is part of a disturbing pattern. Ever since the Sandy Hook massacre, a small but vocal faction of the gun rights movement has been targeting women who speak up on the issue—whether to propose tighter regulations, educate about the dangers to children, or simply to sell guns with innovative security features. The vicious and often sexually degrading attacks have evolved far beyond online trolling, culminating in severe bullying, harassment, invasion of privacy, and physical aggression. Though vitriol flows from both sides in the gun debate, these menacing tactics have begun to alarm even some entrenched pro-gun conservatives.

Bunkerville held hostage

When I was on the radio last week, a guy from Bunkerville called in to say how angry the residents are about the militia members flooding into the area. He said the residents were too afraid to speak up:

A growing number of Bunkerville residents want to see the armed militiamen guarding rancher Cliven Bundy leave Nevada, according to a letter from Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

Horsford, whose congressional district includes Bunkerville, wrote that his constituents are concerned about Bundy supporters carrying weapons near local churches, schools and elsewhere.

Militia members flocked to Nevada to support Bundy in his fight with the government over his refusal to pay fees for his cattle to graze on federal land.

“I urge you to investigate these reports and to work with local leaders to ensure that their concerns are addressed in a manner that allows the community to move forward without incident,” Horsford wrote to Gillespie.

The letter also says militiamen have a presence on state and local roads as well as federal highways. In some areas, according to the letter, militiamen have set up checkpoints where drivers are stopped and asked to provide a proof of residency.

Now they’re kicking the Oathkeepers (who are pretty crazy themselves) off the ranch as “traitors.” Read this and you’ll see just how crazy it’s become for these wanna-be revolutionaries. They talk about shooting other protesters in the back.

Just what Georgia needed

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So even Jimmy Carter’s grandson supports this crazy-ass law? That’s plain nuts. (See what I did there?)

Ellijay, Georgia (CNN) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.

House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 — which opponents have nicknamed the “guns everywhere bill” — specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.

GeorgiaCarry, which lobbied for the bill, calls it “meaningful pro-gun legislation,” despite it being watered down from the group’s perspective. Still, the group has lauded the legislation, which will go into effect July 1. Americans for Responsible Solutions opposed the bill, calling it “extremism in action.”

Wednesday’s signing came at an open-air picnic area along a creek in Ellijay, in northern Georgia. It opened with a prayer, the singing of the national anthem and a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Hundreds of people filled more than 25 picnic tables, while others stood. Many were openly carrying handguns, and some wore National Rifle Association hats and buttons proclaiming, “Stop Gun Control” and “Guns Save Lives.”

The bill, which easily navigated the state legislature — by a 112-58 vote in the House and a 37-18 tally in the Senate — also earned the support of Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, a gubernatorial candidate challenging Deal.

Calling it “a great day to reaffirm our liberties,” Deal said the law allows residents to protect their families and expands the list of places where they can legally carry firearms, while allowing certain property owners, namely churches and bars, to make judgments on whether they want worshippers and patrons carrying guns.

Republican Jesus to rise again

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I don’t think even crazy people like Jerry Boykin believe their own crap. They’re just mixing up a psychic stew to serve to their donors:

The Prince of Peace will be armed with a piece when he returns … or so says one gun rights advocate.

Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President William (Jerry) Boykin predicted the Son of God will have an AR-15 assault rifle at the Second Coming.

Mad gun skillz

Feeling safer yet?

A police chief accidentally shot himself in the leg at a gun store on Saturday. Somewhat amazingly, this is the second time the chief has suffered an inadvertent self-inflicted gunshot wound; 15 years ago he shot himself in the hand while cleaning his service weapon.

Connersville, Indiana police chief David Counceller’s most recent self-inflicted wound occurred when his sweatshirt jammed against his 40-caliber Glock’s trigger as he attempted to holster the weapon. He was examining a new Glock at a gun shop at the time.

“It got tangled in my clothing,” Counceller said of his gun, according to the Indy Star. “I was wearing a sweatshirt and a fleece jacket. I felt (the gun) go in the holster and I pushed it, but it was tangled in the material which caused it to discharge. The bullet went into my leg and then into the floor.”

Counceller’s injury was minor and he was able to drive himself to the hospital, where he said nurses laughed at him when he said he’d shot himself.

Gun risks and the illusion of self-defense

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I think this falls under the category of “duh!”:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – People may have heightened risks of dying from suicide and murder if they own or have access to a gun, according to a new analysis of previous research.

Researchers found people who lived in homes with firearms were between two and three times more likely to die from either cause, compared to those who lived in homes without guns.

“There have been a lot of conflicting reports about having a firearm in the home,” Andrew Anglemyer said. He is the study’s lead author and an epidemiologist from the University of California, San Francisco.

Anglemyer and his coauthors write in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday that the U.S. has the highest prevalence of gun ownership in the world, and the majority of suicides and murders are committed with firearms.

Criminally insane Florida man stopped with 36 guns

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This is why I love Florida. They really go to the wall to protect our constitutional freedoms!

TAMPA — A man who shot a trucker to death in 1992 but was judged to be criminally insane seemed nervous Saturday when stopped for speeding east of Gainesville, a deputy reported.

David Harris Dunaway, 58, was wanted by federal authorities, the deputy learned. A grand jury in Tampa had indicted him on a gun charge Dec. 18, alleging that he had a pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition, illegal for someone with Dunaway’s medical history.

But in a search of his green Honda van, the deputy found more — 36 guns, 4,629 rounds.

Dunaway of Hawthorne reported that he was headed to the Waldo flea market to sell “some” of his personal collection, according to Alachua County sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey.

I’m sure there’s a valid constitutional argument to be made. I just can’t think of one.

H/T Kush Arora.

Chris Christie, hypocrite hero of the gun nuts

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Because he wouldn’t dream of saying no to the wingnut gun lovers and standing up for his own communities of Newark, Elizabeth, Trenton and Camden!

Christie declines to defend N.J. gun laws, sparking criticism (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s administration declined to defend two of New Jersey’s toughest gun laws in a high-profile case decided Monday by a state appeals court. The court upheld both laws anyway, finding that New Jersey has a “well-established…

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