This commission is tasked with developing an immediate action plan for the state in the wake of the El Paso shooting that killed 22 people. According to a press release from the Governor’s office, the plan will include strategies to provide community healing, combat the rise of extremist groups and hateful ideologies, keep guns out of the hands of deranged individuals and combat domestic terrorism, including cybersecurity threats.
The commission’s first meeting is scheduled for Thursday here in Austin. But the original invitation list excluded any gun rights supporters.
Gun Owners of America’s Texas director Rachel Malone sends the following . . .
URGENT! ALL HANDS ON DECK! Gun freedom is critical to our safety and security — and if we don’t take action NOW we risk even more infringement. Join us to stand up for FREEDOM!
The Governor’s “Texas Safety Commission” is meeting at the Capitol at 10:30 on this same Thursday to discuss ways to keep guns away from people the government determines shouldn’t have guns.
The Governor has not allowed anyone from GOA-Texas or any other Texas gun rights organization to participate in this meeting. Even worse, he’s invited a gun control organization to give input. (See the list of participants here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-texas-safety-commission) (EDIT: after much outcry, the Governor added a representative from TSRA. We still do not believe the Governor wants to protect your liberty, and this event is still needed.)
Whether you carry a gun or not, your liberties are being threatened.
If they won’t listen to us inside the building, we will speak out outside the building.
Please join our press conference where we explain our positions, and then walk with us down Congress Ave. in a peaceful protest march.
****You do NOT have to carry a gun in order to join us! You do NOT have to even own a gun in order to join us! We need ALL Texans to show support for our right to keep and bear arms.****
If you do carry a gun, please read through our protocols at http://bit.ly/30k6pdb .
All of our activities will be safe and peaceful and we will follow all existing laws. Our purpose for this event is not to break the laws that infringe on our rights, but to explain why we advocate for policy with increased gun freedoms.
SEE MORE INFO ON THE SITUATION HERE: https://www.facebook.com/rachel.malone.TX/posts/2374144936167578
AGENDA (subject to change):
9:30am — SAFETY BRIEF: if you will be carrying a long gun, meet at the corner of 12th St. and San Jacinto by the Capitol Visitors’ Parking Garage. (See protocols at http://bit.ly/30k6pdb.)
10am — PRESS CONFERENCE: outside of the Capitol grounds, on 11th street (south side of the Capitol). If you’re not carrying a gun, you can just meet up with us here.
10:30am — FREEDOM WALK: down Congress Avenue (a short walk — around 10 blocks).
11:30am (or earlier) — finished; return to parking garage; lunch on your own (stay tuned for group plans!)
An armed society is a polite society. Let’s prove it!
-> Be courteous to anyone you encounter.
-> Don’t block the sidewalks. Leave plenty of room for others not in our group to use public areas.
-> When crossing streets, follow the “walk” signals.
-> If someone wants to insult you, let it roll off and leave it alone. Stay peaceful, friendly, and kind.
FIREARM CARRY PROTOCOLS:
The 2nd amendment calls for us to regulate ourselves and we intend to do so. If you choose to join our group, please follow our self-imposed guidelines for safety and orderliness — see http://bit.ly/30k6pdb
Exciting announcement: Stephen Willeford will join us to share his story of using his AR-15 to stop the murderer of Sutherland Springs! Willeford is living proof that armed citizens protect life and stop attackers.
Don’t miss this! Stand with us for freedom and safety this Thursday at 10am at the Texas Capitol!
TTAG will be there. Will you?