What is he thinking?!? We have discussed CJ Grisham and Open Carry Texas (OCT) on the show more than once. CJ’s intentions seem to be honest and supportive of OC, but his actions and comments unusually cause more problems than they solve.
Well, here he goes again. He agreed to appear on the Daily Show with John Stewart… Let that sink in a bit. John Stewart is very anti gun, and the Daily Show in notorious for editing an interview to make the subject look like an idiot. It does not matter how well CJ prepared, or how well he answered, it will be edited out of context. Period.
CJ claims he recorded the whole interview himself to prevent any misunderstanding. So what? The damage will be done, the Daily Show version will be shared across the net, and the only folks who will see the unedited version will be OCT supporters who already side with CJ. The anti gunners will plaster the edited version everywhere and millions of undecided or moderate 20 year olds will get the message that OC is a fringe freak movement. Damage done.
We as 2nd amendment proponents need to get our message out to the media. We need a broader audience. But we don’t need to stick our foot in a bear trap on purpose like CJ is doing. It is the same thing as when Jeremy Alcede went on Piers Morgan, or when Tex Grebner went on Tosh.0 a few months back. Both were edited to look like buffoons. You can bet money that will happen again…
We were fortunate enough to get two sides of this issue out there for debate with Terry Holcomb, CJ Grisham, and Charles Cotton. To their credit, the leaders of the Open Carry movement recognized that dragging private businesses into this issue has been counter productive. And Mr. Cotton made us aware that the TSRA and NRA have been making strides but, it’s not necessarily at a pace that keeps everyone happy. Still, I cannot help but think Target’s announcement yesterday is a predictable result of negative attention brought to them through earlier protests even if no one from Texas Carry, OCT, CATI, has officially gone into a Target store in months the damage was done and the media campaign started. Public opinion does matter folks. It matters a great deal. While this issue continues to be a point of division in the firearms community, we really, really need to find a way past it.
As you’ve likely seen in the media, there has been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit “open carry” should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.
The June 22, 2014 podcast is up. Special thanks to Mr. Charles Cotton of the Texas Firearms Coalition and National Rifle Association Board of Directors for joining us in studio today. We would also like to thank for Mr. Terry Holcomb and CJ Grisham for calling into today’s discussion on open carry.
Dahlia Lithwick is all but rooting for the Open Carry movement to result in such blowback that it results in “sane policies.” She’s a Canadian by birth and, like so many in the media, she’s not exactly supportive of the 2nd Amendment. The fact the Supreme Court recognized an individual right to keep and bear arms is clearly a bit of a sore spot.
In her latest submission to Slate.com, she laments the familiar cycle of, “…feints toward meaningful reform followed by crushing defeats as memories fade,” that follow every new shooting. There’s no attempt to be even remotely objective here but, she’s a writer, not a journalist. She need not hide her bias or opinion. And to that end, she thinks the free market will force businesses to pick, “…sane policies over dangerous ones, or at least more customers over fewer.”
“…Chipotle, forced to take sides, issued a statement last week indicating that state law notwithstanding, open carriers should leave their weapons at home or not come to Chipotle.