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Open Carry Texas Demonstrators Frighten Restaurant Employees Into Hiding in Freezer

by: Joe Deshotel

Mon May 05, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

Another local police department is furious with armed Open Carry protesters for not alerting authorities that they would be demonstrating.

The Open Carry Texas members walked inside a Fort Worth Jack In The Box with their weapons, and ordered food while some alarmed employees fled to the freezer.

Sgt. Ray Bush of the Ft. Worth Police Department told Channel 5 that protesters should not only warn police in advance but they should also wear signage and carry flags that indicate the purpose of their demonstration.

As with other incidents, Open Carry Texas members contend they are following the law and are not displaying their weapons in a threatening manner, but the organization needs to realize they may be doing more harm to the movement than good.

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"We respect the rights of all citizens to peacefully protest and the right to bear arms. However, we cannot stress enough how a simple phone call to police prior to this demonstration and the use of easily visible signage could have avoided unnecessarily alarming the public," said Sgt. Bush.

That may seem obvious but why has it not been to OCT organizers? Because many of them believe they are freedom fighters of sorts.

"We're not breaking the laws," said one of the demonstrators. "We're not here to hurt anybody. We're not trying to alarm anybody. We're doing this because it's our constitutional right," he went on to say, "It's just for safety purposes...Officers can't be there at all times. We understand that. They can only do so much."

Well, on that day about 15 officers responded to the scene at Jack in the Box as if a robbery had been taking place, which upset some members who felt they were being treated like criminals.

So instead of aiding local police they were responsible for a significant waste of public resources because they fail to understand how -- despite being legal -- carrying military-style weapons in densely populated areas may frighten people.

OCT says the demonstrations will continue, but someone who carries influence with these folks should explain to them that even though they have the law on their side, they will have a hard time expanding gun rights if they lose the public relations battle.

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It seems this is not speech. It is conduct. (0.00 / 0)

And people are scared enough to go hide in a freezer? What has happened to civilization?

Yes Tom (0.00 / 0)
If people fear for their lives they will hide anywhere available. Exactly why aren't these guys acting more civilized? Maybe you can speak their language.  

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