Carrying their unconcealed and loaded assault rifles, gun activists have recently been swarming various chain restaurants with the hope of increasing feelings of ease in the company of guns while generally advocating for open carry laws in Texas. However, instead of boosting support and education, their activities are having the opposite effect: most people were appalled and ultimately frightened by the activists’ actions while restaurants have been forced to actively reevaluate their policies about guns on the premises.

Most surprising, however, was the NRA’s reaction, which included a statement condemning the provocative demonstrations, labeling them as “foolishness,” and “downright weird.” With additional pressures form various lawmakers, the NRA continues to urge gun activists to cease their proactive demonstrations.