Pro-Gun Activists Harass U.S. Veteran on Memorial Day (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A TV producer and U.S. Marine veteran named "James" went into downtown Fort Worth, Texas, on Memorial Day after being told about some Open Carry Texas and Open Carry Tarrant County activists who were demonstrating only days after the mass killing in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The gun activists were standing on street corners in the middle of the city, armed with semi-automatic rifles, noted

They spotted James with his camera and started following him with their cameras for several blocks.

James, who was in the Marines for four years, was accused by the gun activists of being anti-American.

"I said, 'Are you kidding me? I served in the military,'" James told Mother Jones. "They were trying to intimidate me, and when I didn't cower that upset them."

"We're being polite, you're calling people names," one of the gun activists tells James, who supports the Second Amendment, but felt the armed demonstrators were out of line.

"You're not being polite out here with assault rifles the weekend after people lost their children," James responds.

The gun activists followed the veteran to his car and recorded his company's name and contact information, and his license plate, which they posted online. Mother Jones blurred out that portion on its copy of the video.

"This guy has serious emotional problems," said the gun activist who stalked James with a camera all the way back to his car. "We're just out here demonstratin' our rights."

After the video was uploaded by the gun activists to YouTube and Facebook, there were numerous nasty and homophobic comments posted about James.

"I'm all for responsible gun owners," James told Mother Jones. "What I was taught was not to wear it around like a gold chain. What they're doing is irresponsible. It intimidates the public, and people have just as much right to be comfortable in their public environment as these guys have a right to own their firearms."

Sources: Mother