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Open Carry Activist Tries to Turn Florida Shooting to Pro-Gun Message, Accidentally Supports Gun Control

Open Carry Texas is speaking out about the tragic shooting of a Florida family – including six children – on Thursday. The gunman, who was also the children’s grandfather, killed all six kids, turned the gun on his own daughter and finally killed himself.

The children ranged in age from 3 months to 10-years-old. The investigation the motivation of the killer, Don C. Spirit, is not yet complete, and many questions remain.

One thing that is clear, though,  is that Spirit was a felon and had no legal right to be in possession of a firearm in the first place.

On Facebook, Open Carry Texas tried to use Spirit’s felony record as an important lesson about the need for open carry. Unfortunately, the message got jumbled into something that sounds like the group is advocating for gun control.

Here is what was posted on Thursday:

What a terrible tragedy, but there is an important lesson here. This man was a twice convicted felon and, yet, he still killed six innocent people. Criminals don’t care gun laws. All gun does is victimize innocent, law abiding people. Please pray for this family. This is so tragic.

Ironically, that is exactly the message that Mom’s Demand Action, the arch-nemesis of the pro-gun group said on their Facebook account in their advocacy in support of gun laws when they wrote the following:

Yesterday, a grandfather shot to death his adult daughter and six grandchildren, ages 3 months to 10 years old, in a murder-suicide rampage in rural Florida. In 2003, the same man plead guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm after shooting to death his 8-year-old son during a hunting trip in 2001….This was the 111th mass shooting since 2009. Our leaders can and must do more  now to prevent mass shootings in America. JOIN US to help pass laws and establish policies that help protect America’s most vulnerable.

Needless to say, Open Carry likely did not intend to advocate for gun control, but it does point out an area that both gun control activists and open carriers seem to have in common. Felons have no business being near a gun, especially when the gun ends up being used to kill kids.

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