Reader: A$$holes who brought rifles to Chipotle make responsible gun owners look bad

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Melanie Asmar's post about Chipotle's request that gun owners leave their weapons at home after open-carry advocates in Texas brought assault rifles to one of the chain's restaurants brought a lot of criticism for the latter group, and not only from those who argue in favor of gun control. Take the following post, from a proud gun owner.

Eric S Gonzales writes:

It's assholes like this who make the rest of us gun owners and carriers look bad. They don't do it for no other reason but to get attention. This right here isn't about the Second Amendment. This is a few people going to the extreme to get attention, that's it. Not all gun owners act like these ass hats. I carry a gun for one reason -- to give me and my family a fighting chance should a situation arise. I keep it to myself and concealed. I don't have it out trying to get the whole world to see it. I pray I never have to ever use my gun to harm another human being, but if they plan on harming me or my family I want to be able to protect them.

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Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

scared people make poor decisions. its a scientific fact. remember that when you think someone is breaking into your house so you accidentally shoot someone you love.

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

and here we have a glimpse into the mind of a gun owner. in your fantasy you pull out your shiny pistol and execute the bad guys. maybe they are raping your daughter, or maybe they are stabbing your wife, but you save the day, maybe even get a blowjob from someone. fuckin great.

Geoff Stevenson
Geoff Stevenson

right. remember that when your children are dead from a break in robber who had a gun and their little bitch daddy didnt have one too

Geoff Stevenson
Geoff Stevenson

still less people than would show up to the jew turned fake ass Buddhist rally

Carlton Balfe
Carlton Balfe

ya well a paper like westword looks bad misspelling words like that!

David Montalvo
David Montalvo

Why would carry a rifle in public let alone a restaurant? That's just fear mongering...

Riley Nolan
Riley Nolan

Good point here. Honestly I love modern sporting rifles, they are fun and great to have. However dumbasses are the reason why we have an argument about guns in this country. Leave them at home boys or we won't have them much longer. Scarring liberals won't help our situation as gun owners. We need to separate ourselves from idiots real quick, before the liberals have enough against us to take away more of our rights.

Roni Torres
Roni Torres

I was going to laugh and say it's probably more so due to the price increase but this didn't happen in Denver.

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

I would have to agree on that. So what is your point?

Kris Corfield
Kris Corfield

Ok Jennifer, you have a good point! If you what to change the subject from gun control to slavery. Are humans still being used as slaves? Why? See it was not the government that freed the slaves! They just put it on paper. The people of the north states put pressure on president Lincoln at the time to fight slavery. It actually took time for Lincoln to react to the demand of the north to make laws to free the slaves! D.C. Was actually part of the north at that time making his decision the right one. And even after slavery was banned in the America blacks and wemen didn't have equal rights, again people not government fought to have their birth rights implimented and protected by government! Name one time in history that government gave freedom by will to its people? Hmmm! Hard to think of one! Now back to your comment, I know that there was slavery and a whole bunch of horrible thing that where going on in early America! But the people that stood up and fought for what the beloved in (such as the people in the picture!) like it or not believe in freedom. Do you call your self an American? Now I'm not questioning your Americanism. I'm simply putting in prospective that we all have done one or two thing wrong in our life time! It doesn't change us as Americans! For example we took this country from the American Indians by force! We might not have slavery but we shire as he'll treat black like they are shit! And if you don't believe me then why is the prison system have more population of minorities that whites? I know white people don't behave better, the just get away with it easier! we are all raised to believe that you as a free, beautiful human being have a right to a happy life. We all proudly call this country the land of the free, why then take the rights of "free" individuals away!

Kris Corfield
Kris Corfield

Point well made mark! But it's that same context that make people say "gun control" will make me safer, when in fact statistics show the opposite! The states and countries with more gun control are less free and have more violent crime per population!

Kris Corfield
Kris Corfield

I don't belong to any party! Why should a democrat/republican vote only for their party? Sound illogical to me! I think a republican should be able to vote for a democrat and vice versa! Should we not be picking a president based on their moral state not if they are liberal or tea party? And the tea party is not a militia!!!! The definition of militia: mi·li·tia məˈliSHə/ noun a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency. a military force that engages in rebel or terrorist activities, typically in opposition to a regular army. all able-bodied civilians eligible by law for military service. The only way you could call the tea party a militia is if they took arms agains the government or replaced our current army!

Jordan Sienko
Jordan Sienko

Sure you can display your second ammendment right. But there's 0 reason to display a weapon like that in a restaurant around families. Just makes people feel uncomfortable. But that's the reaction you're hoping to get, right? Just begs 'hey everybody look how desperate for attention I am'

Jacob Lynch
Jacob Lynch

As an owner of an assault rifle.....No its not OK to make a statement by bringing them to a public resteraunt. Thanks for making all gun owners look like psychopaths

Jimmy Bartlett
Jimmy Bartlett

That's a really idiotic way to display your support for a constitutional amendment. I'm a proud and responsible gun owner, but I would NEVER walk into a restaurant with my rifle slung over my shoulder on a tactical sling, making those around me feel instantly afraid that I might be there to shoot the place up. Mass shootings may be extremely rare compared to the overall gun violence statistics, but that doesn't change the fact that they're still the first thing to come to mind when most people see an AR-15 or other tactical rifle. While I don't believe any laws were broken, they were causing undue alarm in those around them, kind of like yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre. It may not be illegal by the letter of the law to walk into a restaurant with a rifle, but I think it very well could be against the spirit of the law. I'll open carry my self defense pistol on my hip sometimes, and once I have my CCW, I'll carry it concealed sometimes as well. The decision of whether to carry open or concealed will be based on the situation. If I think carrying it openly could potentially cause undue alarm in those around me, I'll conceal it. But if I judge the situation to be a low risk of alarm in the general population (such as in broad daylight while I'm out hiking) I'll be open carrying. It's important to occasionally remind the public that we DO have the right to carry a weapon for self defense, and one of the most passive, non-confrontational ways to do so is open carrying a self defense firearm in a holster, not brandishing a sporting rifle like these fools.

Curt Stewart
Curt Stewart

You guys can all chill out. I would have never joined this protest. However, I do hate when people continue to act like the AR-15 is an extra nasty gun that no citizen should own by labeling it an "assault weapon". Unfortunately I believe that's why these folks used that particular weapon since it continues to be falsely characterized that way. I also have continually noticed that people will always trust someone with a gun as long as they have a uniform, despite the fact that people in uniform cause at least as many accidental shootings and outright murders as the general public. no matter what you think of their protest, they certainly opened up a national dialog. Personally I think they should have used muskets and dressed the part. Would have had the same affect without ruffling the feathers of gun owners and gun haters alike.

David Barton
David Barton

Typical. Blame most of society for being rattled by guys casually strolling around with high-powered weapons. As you mentioned, they are rifles intending to look scary. Therefore, bringing such weapons into a public place in this manner is an obvious attempt to scare people. So now let's take a look at Texas law on brandishing. TX Penal Code §42.01(a)(8), prohibits the display of a firearm in a public place in a “manner calculated to alarm.” I'd say this counts.

Sasha Hampton
Sasha Hampton

Imagine if a few CCW holders had felt threatened and decided to defend themselves upon seeing this group. Chipotle gun battle over a misunderstanding.

David Barton
David Barton

Because they weren't on a farm, they were in a Chipotle, and unfortunately people DO walk into places with guns and shoot people. So when a couple idiots walk into a restaurant with their menacing-looking weapons, it's impossible to tell if they're good guys or a threat. And it's only a matter of time before a CCW holder protects himself or his family by taking clowns like these out, which is probably justifiable in that situation.

Mark Oinen
Mark Oinen

The presence of guns in a household has been demonstrated time and time again to be correlated directly with the likely hood that you will be a victim of violence. So seeing a gun is inherently risky.

Curt Stewart
Curt Stewart

So if they were carrying pistols in holsters it's all good? The type of weapon is what concerns you? Btw an AR-15 isn't an assault weapon. It's a standard rifle with some cool looking plastic parts added to make it look more scary to folks like yourself.

Mark Oinen
Mark Oinen

I think most people would be taken aback even when police have assault rifles. These are not like standard issue on police patrols.

Curt Stewart
Curt Stewart

If they were wearing the uniforms of the state police, wells Fargo armored truck security or any other uniform they would be immediately accepted and considered sane. I grew up in a small farming community in the 60's and 70's where people carried guns everywhere and nobody ever got shot. Why do we only believe people in uniform are sane gun owners now??

Kris Corfield
Kris Corfield

You are right the declaration is not a governing document! But it gives a historical reason as to why we need to second amendment! And all human rights are determined by the free people! If I am willing to give up a right just because some other person or establishments states then I am not free! That is what the Declaration of Independence points out! So no, it is not a law, but I never said it was!!! And the reason for the first amendment is to protect the people from our own government! It's up to the people to decide to own or not to own a fire arm! Not the governments! As a victim of two incidents involving a fire arm I choose to carry and protect my self from that again!

David Barton
David Barton

I agree completely. It may be legal, but in an era where people DO walk into places and kill others, it's beyond insensitive to the point of being reckless. Responsible gun owners should be embarrassed by their actions, and morons that defend or condone ANY type of behavior just because it has to do with firearms are too stupid to realize that they've become the Westboro Baptist Church of the issue.....

Jennifer Stephens Demps
Jennifer Stephens Demps

lol - the declaration of independence was in play when America had slaves - means nothing to be "free" in America and to have these "rights" you speak of based on the DOI....

Scott Brewer
Scott Brewer

These individuals who brought assault weapons to Chipotle must have felt really threatened by the very large mission style burritos. Not appropriate in today's climate. Would they bring them to a movie theater or School to make a point that frankly does not need to be made. You have the right to own the weapon, however you do not have the right to intimidate those eating lunch by brandishing your weapon in public. You invite confrontation and ridicule which in this case is absolutely appropriate. Common Sense is not common at all, especially with this group!!!!!

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

Greg Adams that's more spin then orielly on his worst day

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

no right is absolute...and the D.O.I. is not a governing document. .shut up; you're dumb.

Chad Jones
Chad Jones

There is nothing wrong with this. It is certainly controversial. But so is being openly gay or wearing your hair in dreadlocks, or being morbidly obese or etc. All of these things are perfectly legal and don't hurt anyone else. Live and let live. You people calling names and shunning these guys are no different than anyone shouting intolerant hate at any other group. You are the people who need to change. Sometimes people need to see that just because you can see a gun doesn't mean you or someone will be shot with it. If you people had your way it would be illegal to be a group of black people in a white neighborhood after midnight because you must be up to something. or to have a hot car because you must be a street racer. Or to wear your military whites when you are not at a military fiction because your showing off. Or to wear rosta clothing because you must sell drugs. Pull your heads out of your asses. I for one thank these guys for showing that bad doesn't always follow guns. When I see someone openly and actively participating in something controversial I think about how lucky we are to still live in a "free" country. If you don't like that freedom: do us all favor, shut your mouth and leave.

Dylan Profitt
Dylan Profitt

Name calling is a tool used by people who lack the capacity for friendly debate.

Dylan Profitt
Dylan Profitt

Obviously, concealed carry should be the preferred method of exercising your 2nd Amendment rights. Showing up in public with a rifle isn't something I'd do, but legally I don't see a problem with it.

Doug Sattem
Doug Sattem

Nice guns, sorry 'bout the small penis!

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

you have to be one stupid mofo to open carry anyway....who do u think the first to be taken out by a real criminal would be? derp derp derp derp!!!

Robert Zbrudzewski
Robert Zbrudzewski

I agree, this is not way to promote gun rights. It gives the anti-gun group another example to give to the public for their cause.

A Chris Heismann
A Chris Heismann

I think there are two major things at play here: - there are a number of people who simply freak out when they see a gun that is not accompanied by a uniform. - there is a vocal minority of gun owners who take delight in making people uncomfortable and getting attention for it. Both groups need to grow up.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Your posts are very interesting, David. We're going to highlight this one as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

You may be right about that, Mark. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Strong post, Scott. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Chad. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

A well-balanced view, A Chris. Thanks.

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