The Craig Fahle Show

The Freedom and Fear of Open Carry Laws

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Author and journalist Mark Binelli profiles gun advocates in Texas in his new article "Lone Star Crazy: How Right-Wing Extremists Took Over Texas". Craig speaks with Binelli about the issues raised in his article.

In his article, Binelli writes: "After nearly six years of pumping out cynical horror stories involving our nefarious president and a Washington bureaucracy run amok, the right-wing fear machine has managed to reduce its target audience to a quivering state of waking nightmare, jumping at shadows. If, to paraphrase Baudelaire by way of The Usual Suspects, the devil's greatest trick was to convince the world he didn't exist, the modern GOP's greatest trick might have been convincing its electorate that he does, and that the federal government exists as some kind of infernal machine. While impressive, this trick has also proved to be a very dangerous one, as states of panic have a tendency to produce rather extreme results."

Callers weigh in on issues around gun control, gun advocacy, and open carry laws. What do you think? Weigh in below.

Steve in Brighton says: "I'm military veteran, I own many guns... but I'm not confrontational. I think these guys [gun activists] are extremists."

Trevor in Canton says: "I'm totally not against guns at all. [But] when I'm sitting at a restaurant... and I see a guy open carry, I leave the table."

Derek says on Facebook: "As I was walking out of the store one day, a pretty girl was walking in. As a typical guy, I gave her a second look and then noticed her boyfriend behind her with a gun strapped to his leg. He gave me a glance and the looked down at his weapon. If the public thinks that open carry is for safety only, they are truly mistaken. Intimidation was used on me, I'm sure this guy would do it again to someone else."