Jack Russell Weinstein, a philosophy professor at the University of North Dakota, recently claimed that gun owners are not a “protected group” per the U.S. Constitution.
Weinstein was addressing reports of armed "open carry groups" that have been frequenting stores and restaurants in Texas, often scaring bystanders who call the police.
In an article Weinstein wrote on PQED.org, he advised what people should do if open carry groups enter a restaurant:
My proposal is as follows: we should all leave. Immediately. Leave the food on the table in the restaurant. Leave the groceries in the cart, in the aisle. Stop talking or engaging in the exchange. Just leave, unceremoniously, and fast. But here is the key part: don’t pay. Stopping to pay in the presence of a person with a gun means risking your and your loved ones’ lives; money shouldn’t trump this.
Campus Reform reports that a video made by Weinstein, which accompanied the article, featured him stating, "First of all, under the Constitution, we have protected groups and traditionally marginalized people, women in this country, African-Americans in this country, gays and lesbians in this country, if you leave because they’re there and they’re no threat to you, then that’s a problem.
"Gun owners are not a protected group,” Weinstein added. “The right to carry weapons may be, depending on where you are; the right to bear arms certainly is, but of course the right to bear arms doesn’t mean the right to bear every arm, it doesn’t mean the right to bear all the arms. It only means the rights to bear arms.
“Gun rights activists do not have a history of institutional discrimination,” Weinstein said. “They do not have a history of being denied the right to marry, the right to go to school, being denied the right to vote. They haven’t been slaves. They weren’t subject to the Holocaust. They haven’t been beaten in the streets.”