Tov Henderson, of Open Carry Texas, would not admit today that the sight of a group of people armed with assault rifles in a restaurant would scare a normal person.
Open Carry Texas has made headlines for months with its members toting assault weapons into restaurants, being asked to leave and then claiming Second Amendment victimhood.
“Do you think it would scare people?” MSNBC host Joy Reid asked Henderson, notes RawStory.com (video below).
“I can’t get you to answer a very simple question," added Reid. "Do you think it scares people to see, let alone one armed person, but a bunch of armed people in this day and age when we have so many mass shootings? Do you think it scares people?”
Henderson claimed that the armed trips to restaurants, which have resulted in 911 calls by frightened diners, were positively received by the public.
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Mother Jones reports that Open Carry Texas published the names and phone numbers of people who had called 911.
Open Carry Texas reportedly stated (and later removed) on its Facebook page on April 13: "If you don't want your name publicized, simply don't make a false 911 call against law abiding gun owners."
However, Henderson painted a completely different picture to Reid.
“We didn’t have any terror, we didn’t have any fright,” Henderson said. “All we had was really interested people wanted to know, ‘Hey, why don’t you open carry handguns? Isn’t that rifle overkill?' And we get to explain to them, 'It’s really a strange law, but we can’t open carry our Glock.'"
After Reid reminded Henderson that Open Carry Texas had been asked to leave several restaurants, he blamed gun control groups, but failed to mention that even the NRA has called the armed restaurant trips “downright scary” and "weird," reported the New York Daily News.