SO CLOSE! If only Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo [above] had Tweeted that Texas’ impending permitted open carry law presaged “Open Season ON Armed Criminals and Extremists.” Then again, who gets to decide who’s a criminal? (I seem to remember something about presumed innocence.) Even more worryingly, what’s an “extremist”? Proponents of civilian disarmament call anyone in favor of uninfringeable gun rights an extremist. So let’s forget the whole “open season” thing. And let Art explain his opposition to the amendment to Texas’s open carry that prohibits police from using an openly carried weapon as probable cause to detain someone (and check ID). Here’s his thinking- such as it is – via TwitLonger.com . . .
Yesterday’s amendment to Texas’ Open Carry Legislation is beyond belief and Aiken [ED: akin] to open season for gang members, drug cartels, outlaw motor cycle gangs and any other criminal or extremist to defy the law with impunity, just brilliannt! [sic] If criminals, drug cartels, and extremists had a seat at the policy writing table they couldn’t have come up with s better Amendment.
By prohibiting law enforcement from stopping or detaining to check for CHL, Texas is authorizing within our state lines any and all criminals to carry a firearm. My heart goes out to domestic violence victims and the victims of violent crimes in our State. Through this amendment we are facilitating the victimization of the people we are sworn to serve, protect and lead.
Here is a scenario, next time groups face off in our Capital City at the Capitol, Klan with their hoods on, Panthers with their faces covered, ISIS sympathizers with their faces covered and just about any other extremist group, armed with firearms authorized by Open-Carry, law enforcement will have absolutely no authority to ensure the people who are armed as they wish……….why bother common sense has officially died and writing any further would be fruitless.
It’s just one more dire blood-in-the-streets prediction from another sad, defeated civilian disarmament advocate. Of course, Texas’s neighbor to the north, Oklahoma, has had open carry for quite a while now. Maybe we missed it, but we haven’t heard reports of mayhem in Tulsa. Does the chief think Texans are less prepared to deal with open carry than your average Okie?
You gotta feel sorry for a police chief who swears to uphold the Constitution of the United States who’s so very frustrated about his inability to break his oath with self-righteous impunity. Or not. Still, we have faith that the chief will be able to handle life under the new law, finding plenty of reasons (jay walking, disorderly conduct, littering, etc.) to stop anyone whenever he really wants to. Anyway, hook ’em horns!