Get your head around that one, if you can. Because security at an east Texas Walmart was concerned about someone strutting around their store carrying an assault rifle, he's warning people that Walmart is a threat to the 2nd Amendment. Walmart SELLS GUNS and AMMUNITION.
But Texas isn't the only place infested with gun enthusiasts who feel the need to take their toys to town. Here in middle Tennessee we've read reports of a man who has repeatedly showed off selections from his personal arsenal in public.
Embody's not a stranger to these little public displays of his gun-manliness. Back in 2009, he was briefly detained when frightened tourists called the police to report an armed man walking around Radnor Lake State Park in Nashville. The police arrived and found Embody carrying an AK-47-style pistol. He was asked to leave the park. In 2010, he was detained in one of Nashville's swankiest neighborhoods when concerned citizens reported a man walking around Belle Meade with a .44-caliber black powder revolver. There have been three more incidents, and he's never been convicted of a crime in any of them.
Yesterday, an addled man who admitted to being "off his meds" entered a school near Atlanta and fired a few shots at police who were called to the scene. The school was evacuated, and he later surrendered to authorities.
What does that have to do with these incidents involving morons toting guns around in public? Nothing. Except this: if we make it fine and dandy for every asshole with a weapon and a political agenda to openly carry semi-automatic weapons with them as they go about their daily "business", how does a wary public defend itself when one of these self-absorbed cretins decides he's been dissed by someone, or owes some place of business an angry visit?
The good thing about incidents like these is that it reinforces sane people's desire to put reasonable regulations in place to limit the exposure we're forced to accept without infringing upon the Constitutionally protected rights of gun owners. And true gun lovers don't support this type of activity, because it gives their cause a black eye in public opinion.
I can't speak to the motivations of people like Holcomb or Embody, but can venture a guess: they want attention more than they want to force public acceptance of gun rights.
These guys are the "Hey mom! Look at me! Look at me, mom!" kids on the diving board at the community center swimming pool, the noisy little narcissists who can't believe the entire world isn't focused on their every move.
And while most of those noisy assholes outgrow their incessant craving for attention, a few of them obviously don't.
And whether we like it or not, we really should keep an eye on them.