Barry Kooda, a Dallas-based musician, is planning an open carry guitar rally on the Fourth of July at a local park in response to Texas Open Carry protestors.
“I’m not anti-gun at all. I’m a fifth-generation Texas veteran," Kooda told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth (video below).
"I have guns … leave them at home," added Kooda. "You have rights. You just don’t have to express them all the time in people’s faces."
Kooda jokingly posted about an open carry guitar rally on Facebook, which people took seriously and has now become a real event.
“This is my sense of humor. I have a larger following than I’d like because I’m just the local yokel,” stated Kooda. “It’s a buzz topic at the moment, and a lot of people feel the same way."
Kooda says that similar guitar events are going to also be held in California, Oregon and Virginia.
“You should be able to carry your guitar in public without the fear of retribution. That’s what we’re here for. America. And Les Paul, made in America,” said Kooda.
According to Kooda's Facebook page, the event will be held next Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Continental Avenue Bridge Park in Dallas.
People are encouraged to bring and show off their guitars and enjoy music at a local bar/restaurant.
What does Open Carry Texas think about this rally?
“They can bear their guitars, and I’ll bear my guns; it’s all good,” said Kory Watkins of Open Carry Tarrant County, noted RawStory.com. “It’s freedom of speech, doing what’s within their rights, and I support that.”
However, Open Carry Texas has often opposed free speech, such as 911 calls from frightened citizens who witness them carrying assault weapons in public.
The Austin Chronicle noted that Brett Sanders of Open Carry Tarrant County posted the personal information of a woman who called 911 online as an act of revenge.