Texas Gun Activists Called For a “Texas-Sized Welcome” For Obama

| by Allison Geller

Texas gun activists asserted their right to bear arms with alarming zeal as they prepared for President Obama’s visit to the Dallas Area Interfaith group, where he spoke about the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 6.

On the Gun Rights Across America Texas and Texas Gun Rights Facebook pages, users expressed their plans, joking or otherwise, to make it known to President Obama that he was not welcome in their state, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence reported.

A thread on the Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment page planned a protest in conjunction with Obama’s visit. Supporters called for giving President Obama a “Texas size welcome” when he arrived in Dallas at “high noon.”

“Take him via Dealey Plaza,” said Rosemary Barajas Carr of Daingerfield, Texas, referring to the site at which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Federal law enforcement officials visited two administrators (“agents of the imperial Federal Gubment”) from the Texas Gun Rights page after the comments surfaced.

The gun controversy in Texas continued with an armed protest in Arlington, Texas last Saturday caused a media stir after the gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense released a photo of protesters standing and kneeling with guns.

The organization said that the protesters were trying to intimidate them. A small Moms Demand Action state chapter meeting was taking place at the time in a nearby restaurant, according to Talking Points Memo.

A second photo — the same shot at a different angle — reveals a different picture. There, the protesters are kneeling and standing with their guns, smiling in front of an American flag.

Moms Demand Action took credit for the first photo, but has declined to take credit for the second, saying they got it from social media. Kory Watkins of Open Carry Texas, who organized the protest, told the National Review that a woman had come over and asked to get a picture. She appeared nervous and didn’t have a gun on her.

“I tried to start talking to her about the Second Amendment but she didn’t really say much,” Watkins said. “We got in the formation to take a picture for her. I said to my friend, ‘This is probably Moms Demand Action taking a picture, I just want you to know.’ But we didn’t care. It’s not a big deal. We don’t mind the pictures no matter where they come from. She took a couple pictures.”

Sources: Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Talking Points Memo, National Review