When Dallas erupted in gunfire and police were dealing with trying to stop whoever was riddling their comrades with bullets, they apparently had m ore on their plate than they needed to. This being Texas and Texans loving their guns, they had a slew of open carry morons parading around with rifles slung over their shoulders to display how empowered they were. Not only did the country witness one of these idiots consuming valuable resources, there’s also evidence that the actual shooter may have started firing from ground level, taking an elevated position once the chaos began.
How does someone with an AR-15 just walk around killing people and then escape to an elevated position? By blending in with what’s been described as about 20 open carry enthusiasts. According to the Dallas Morning News, Mayor Mike Rawlings wasn’t too pleased with the presence of imbeciles openly walking around with big guns to show off how tough they were:
“It’s logical to say that in a shooting situation, open carry can be detrimental to the safety of individuals.”
He’s right. While not one single mass shooting has ever been stopped by civilian “good guys,” the fact that the Dallas Police had to focus attention on people just because they were too stupid to leave their guns at home definitely hindered the pursuit of the real gunman and the investigation into the shooting. The Morning News reports:
Rawlings said Dallas police Chief David Brown told him that people running through the shooting scene with rifles and body armor required officers to track them down and bring them to the police department. Whether that was time that could have been spent trying to find and stop the shooter is something police will have to comment on, Rawlings said.
He said Friday that about 20 people in “ammo gear and protective equipment and rifles slung over their shoulder” participated in the Black Lives Matter rally downtown on Thursday night.
“When the shooting started, at different angles, they started running,” he said. “We started catching.”
Then police interviewed them.
Rawlings said open carry brings confusion to a shooting scene.
“What I would do is look for the people with guns,” he said.
Of course you would. And so they did. Then there was the outrage from the gun nuts over “law-abiding citizens” being “questioned and lied to” by police. Why is it that the right is always on the side of the cops until they do their jobs properly? When a police officer murders a man in cold blood they defend him to all ends of the earth, but God forbid someone try to interrogate a person who was carrying an assault rifle during a massacre.
Open carry doesn’t work. It didn’t stop the shooting; it didn’t deter the shooter. When the shooting started they all turned tail and ran. Not that that’s a bad thing as they probably would have just managed to get more innocent people killed, but still — it’s almost funny how ineffective and scared the “good guys with guns” turned out to be. They’re better off staying home on their computers pretending to be heroes. They cause far less damage.