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Approximately 40 armed members of a group called Open Carry Texas (OCT) gathered outside the meeting of the state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) in Dallas, Texas on Sunday—and the far right wants you to know it’s no big deal.

ThinkProgress wrote up the incident and shared an image that had been circulating on social media, depicting the gun owners in the parking lot brandishing their guns.

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The story went viral and then on Monday the far right struck back with its own viral meme.

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You see! Heavily armed men and women also had the American flag and a few kids as they menaced the meeting of a group that demands “action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.”

OTC is allowed to carry and brandish “long guns” in Texas.

Their gathering was unquestionably legal and the picture clearly puts a friendlier face on the gathering. But it also shows several more weapons than the other angle. The group reportedly waited in the parking lot for the four MDA members to come out before retiring to a local Hooters.

The weaponry is obviously intended to intimidate those interested in new gun safety laws. So would you want to go around to the front of the group to get a better picture?

Photo: Moms Demand Action Facebook page

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.