Do they use the word chutzpah in Texas? If not they should. Other than the standard example—the boy who kills his parents and asks the court for leniency because he’s an orphan—this is a damn good example. “Texas state lawmakers want an expanded right to carry guns in public places,” the UPI reports, “a right that wouldn’t be extended to other citizens.” In other words, some Texas lawmakers believe they should be exempt from the laws that they passed on restricting concealed carry (e.g. bars, churches, schools, sporting events and amusement parks), laws that they’re sworn to uphold. And why would that be? Let’s ask the bill’s sponsor, Tim Kleinschmidt . . .
“Obviously we present a greater target for those people that are emotionally disturbed out there in the public than the average person does,” Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, R-Lexington, told the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram Saturday. “With that gold pin on your jacket, when you put that nameplate on and [stand] at the microphone, you make a target.”
And now Kleinschmidt and his colleagues are a target for enraged Texas concealed carry permit holders who vote. Gun owners who feel, rightly, that an elected official has no more right to exercise his Second Amendment rights than they do.
Ever the politician, Kleinschmidt has an answer for that one: by establishing the right to carry anywhere for legislators he’s paving the way for the common man.
What we have learned over a period of time … we have to incrementally approach these situations . . . If you try to jump all the way to the wall in one jump, invariably someone strikes you down.
I just threw up in my mouth a little. Oh, and did you see that “R” in front of Kleinschmidt’s district? Yup. And Democrats know a politicial opporunity when they see one (even if this particular Democrat was stupid enough to tell the media he doesn’t carry a gun).
“I think it’s another example of legislators trying to live above the law,” Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, “It sets a really bad example. It’s embarrassing, frankly.”