Branding Open Carry Texas as “extremist,” anti-gun groups ridiculed an event by the organization following social media comments organizers contend were taken out of context.

For the third year in a row, the open carry group intended to hand out flyers while armed near the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin this week. Then after news that President Obama would attend the festival on Friday, skipping former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s funeral, Open Carry Texas President CJ Grisham noted on Facebook that he still intended to hold his group’s event while armed and posted, “I just found out Obama is going to SXSW. This may get interesting.”

A commenter who replied, ““If you get a clear shot, please fire for effect,” followed this up.

The remarks, picked up by Buzzfeed on Thursday and repeated by other media outlets, prompted national gun control groups including the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Moms Demand Action to chastise OCT and Grisham online.

“There should be no tolerance for jokes about shooting the President – especially here in Texas,” said Nicole Green with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action in a statement to “Open carry endangers public safety – there is simply no way to know whether someone armed with a rifle is an activist making a statement or a reason to duck and cover. And it ties law enforcement’s hands from doing anything about it — until shots are fired and it’s too late.”

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