In a cut-off-the-finger-to-save-the-hand move Friday, the NRA posted an open letter lecturing semiautomatic-rifle-toting Texan restaurantgoers on the virtues of being "good neighbors." "Now we love AR-15s and AKs as much as anybody," it read, but "it’s downright weird" for someone to "sidle up next to you in line for lunch with a 7.62 rifle slung across his chest."
Over the weekend, Sonic and Chili’s also both went guns-free, all of which has Open Carry Texas, the principal organizer, in sort of extra-heightened survival mode. NRA membership cards are being snipped in half, and the group’s Facebook page is now full of statements like "the NRA is nothing but a money whore corporation." The group says unless there’s an apology, it will "withdraw its full support of the NRA" and find "other gun rights organizations that fight for ALL gun rights," though particularly the right to devour nachos in a Green Zone–like atmosphere.