Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said on Tuesday that a bill to legalize the open carry of handguns in the Lone Star State was not likely to pass in the state legislature, reports the Austin American Statesman. “Second Amendment rights are very important, but open carry has not reached the level of being prioritized at this point,” Patrick said during a Texas Tribune event Tuesday morning. “I don’t think there’s support in the Legislature to pass it.” If Patrick’s assessment is true . . .
This post originally appeared at miopencarry.org and is reprinted here with permission
Michigan is routinely classified as an open carry state; however, if you are not white and a police officer (Detroit Police Officer James Taylor in this case) decides that non whites shouldn’t have guns, then you get arrested for concealed carry and the prosecutor and judge can play along and even bar the attorney’s from mentioning that open carry is legal during the trial. No, this case was not argued in the Central Court of North Korea in Pyongyang, this case was argued in Detroit, Michigan. Although it is hard to tell the difference after hearing about this case . . .
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Earlier this week, I wrote about Open Carry Activists acting the fool in the state capitol. I used the word threatening which some of our readers took issue with and I further clarified that threatening behavior is most decidedly up for interpretation. Reading the news this morning, it looks as if the duly elected representatives down here in Texas not only felt threatened, they’ve decided to do something about it . . .
Today is an exciting day down here in the Lone Star State. Our legislative session opened up for the first day and unlike other states, Texas limits both the duration and frequency of that meeting. Some say that it keeps the lawmakers from doing too much harm, but I couldn’t possibly comment. From Wikipedia, “The Texas Legislature meets in regular session on the second Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year. The Texas Constitution limits the regular session to 140 calendar days.” While this is certainly an interesting way to get it done, it condenses all the normal drama of a legislative session into a 20 week pressure cooker. Today, being the second Tuesday of January saw the first shot across the bow coming from Open Carry Activists protesting…something…anything . . .
“The incident happened at about 6:45 p.m. in the 500 block of Saratoga Lane,” Missouri’s stltoday.com reports. “Police said three masked men knocked on the front door of the home and the resident, 51, answered. The men forced their way inside. The man was struck several times with a handgun, the suspects stole an assault rifle, and fled. The man was taken to a hospital with several cuts on his head and was in stable but serious condition Thursday night.” Judging from that information it seems that the bad guys . . .
Stand-your-ground laws prohibit civil suits against armed self-defenders cleared in criminal court. The prohibition doesn’t cover their employers. As you might imagine, insurance companies won’t touch that one with a ten-foot-pole. So, while independent businesses like jewelry stores and privately-owned Stop ‘N Rob convenience stores “allow” employees to tool up, the number of franchised businesses willing to take that risk is, basically, zero. But if Hess, Checkers, Pizza Hut, etc. employees could carry, should they do it openly or concealed? Have you ever seen any business (other than a gun store) with open carry employees?
“The victim was near Henry Clay and Coliseum around 9 p.m. when he was approached by two attackers who hit him with a gun,” uptownmessenger.com reports. “They then put him face down on the ground, frisked him, and stole the victim’s concealed weapon.” It’s a rare but not unknown event: bad guys robbing a concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit holder of his or her defensive firearm. In this case, the vic’s inability to bring his gun to bear on the bad guys had a little something to do with the fact that he was pistol whipped in the head before he could draw. But what if the victim had been openly carrying his firearm . . .
In Tacna, Arizona, I saw this fellow openly carrying what appears to be a stainless steel Colt Mustang in .380. He told me he’d served in the Marine Corps, as indicated by the tattoo. He was driving the four-wheeler, which can be licensed for dual use, on and off road, in Arizona, a capability not available in many Eastern states. Notice the folding, lock-back pocket knife clipped in his front right pocket. It’s a snapshot of freedom that has been chipped away in much of America. Only two or three generations ago . . .
Keeping and bearing arms is a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right. If Americans don’t need a license to exercise their right to free speech why do they need one for keeping and bearing arms? Because guns! Guns are lethal! The antis assert that your average citizen can’t be trusted with lethal force. Not without vetting. Training. Supervision. Government vetting, training and supervision. Oh, and licensing. After all that, then citizens can keep and bear arms. Maybe. This is the “acceptable” face of American gun rights. And it’s wrong . . .
I first saw this anti-open carry cartoon on the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence’s Facebook page. CSGV jefe Elliott Fineman posted it as a celebration of his hatred of open carriers. Knowing Elliott’s creative limitations, I wondered where he’d sourced this anti-ballistic bile. TTAG reader KC also encountered the strip. “It appeared in my Facebook feed, only to disappear down the memory hole. It took time and google-fu to relocate. Fascinating how he manages to conflate Open Carriers/Bundy/Ferguson all into one incomprehensible meme that only a Slate reader could love.” Slate. Figures.
While searching “gun, today” on YouTube I found this video of a Houston Police officer arresting a member of Open Carry Houston for “failure to show ID” and trying to erase his cell phone video. Given the recent spate of outrage against allegedly overly-aggressive, indeed deadly police, this kind of incident highlights the fact that there are plenty of “rogue” cops on the street, ready to suppress lawful citizens’ rights. As YouTuber Common Sense points out, putting body cams on cops doesn’t guarantee that they’ll be switched on at the appropriate time. Once again, it all comes down to leadership and accountability, or lack thereof.