“While gun rights advocates wrangled with the Secret Service over firearms at the Republican National Convention,” trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com reports, “the Texas GOP confirmed it will allow both open and concealed carry at its convention in Dallas in May.” Although permitted open carry only became law in The Lone Star State last January, the pro-pistol policy is not new. Legally carried guns have been welcome since Texans reclaimed their concealed carry rights from post-bellum racism. Open Carry Texas leader C.J. Grisham put the “debate” over guns ‘n pols into its proper perspective . . .
Open Carry Texas leader C.J. Grisham said he will carry a gun when he attends the Texas GOP convention because “there’s no such thing as a safe place.”
“The bottom line is there is no place where you cannot be the target of criminal activity,” Grisham said. “Since there’s no such thing to a safe place, there should be no place where you don’t have a right to a self-defense.”
Grisham said Monday that blame for the fallout over the national convention wasn’t on the party, since the Secret Service made the decision to ban guns. But he said if Republican lawmakers were really pro-gun, they should pass laws preventing the Secret Service from creating gun-free zones.
“It is really kind of sad to say you have to pass laws that say you have to obey the Constitution,” Grisham said. “These are our rights. Our rights should not end just because any individual person wanders into an area.”