Back in April, 2013, C.J. Grisham was set upon by a Temple police officer in rural Bell County for open carrying a rifle. Grisham was convicted of “interfering with police duties” after a second jury trial. He paid a $2,000 fine. Many who have watched the video of the event think the police officer is the one who should have been reprimanded. In any event, the video went viral. Grisham’s zeal for open carry was born, blossoming into thousands of armed Texans marching to demand their second amendment rights . . .
Texas is one of only six states that ban the open carry of modern handguns. The law is a relic from the occupation of Texas by the racist reconstruction government. As Governor elect, Greg Abbott, the Lt. Governor, and much of the legislature are in favor of restoring Texas open carry in some form, it seems likely that a bill will be signed into law in 2015.
It’s not clear what impact Grisham’s troops have had on that effort. No question: C.J.’s raised the visibility of the open carry movement both within the Lone Star State and around the country. Not necessarily in a good way; Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and their ilk have exploited pictures of the “Chipotle Ninjas” for their crusade for civilian disarmament.
Maybe that’s why the Dallas Morning News shortlisted Grisham for their “Texan of the Year” award. While they are openly hostile to C.J. Grisham’s activities, there’s a certain distinction in being a Texan that non-Texans love to hate. From dallasnews.com:
This newspaper sides with critics who think the publicity stunts are overly provocative, especially in an urban setting.
Whether or not Grisham helped or hurt the cause of open carry, he raised its public profile. For that we think he deserves the recognition.
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