The Texas state House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety heard testimony today on Representative Jonathan Stickland’s HB375, a bill that would allow all Texans the right to openly carry a firearm with or without a permit. AKA constitutional carry. RF was in the committee room to hear a lot of the testimony, including that of a few Moms Demand Action members. Their argument against passage of the bill was everything you’d expect it to be. And less . . .
Crazies! Untrained wack-os! Walking around in public! Armed with guns! Or, as the Constitution more elegantly puts it, citizens keeping and bearing arms. Oh, the humanity!
Never mind the fact that twelve…wait, no, thirteen other states have constitutional carry laws in place, now with North Dakota on board. In virtually every case, the Moms or their hoplophobic brothers and sisters in disarmament have warned of unchecked carnage, fender-bender shootouts and yes, blood running red in the streets should every Tom, Dick and Harriet be allowed free and open ballistic access. Can anyone point to examples of anything even remotely resembling that kind of apocalyptic chaos? Anyone?
That’s why RF approached the assembled Moms at the capitol today after they’d testified and asked for a quick interview. You’d think they’d welcome a chance to answer a few questions, to make their argument, to state their case for the record. Or, if you’d been paying any attention at all, you wouldn’t think that at all.
These are, after all, the same hoplophobic harridans who wield a hair-trigger ban hammer on their Twitter and Facebook pages if anyone so much as questions their civilian disarmament raison d’être. When you don’t have facts on your side to support your anti-civil rights stance, you tend to avoid non-supine interviewers in favor of the usual compliant MSM stenographers.
So we didn’t get a chance to ask why they don’t trust average Americans to exercise an enumerated civil right. Why they’d sooner deprive a woman who’s being stalked by an ex of easy, affordable access to armed self defense than see the Bill of Rights taken for what they actually say.
Same as it ever was.