Good News and Bad News for gun owners comes out of Texas on Friday, April 17th. The Texas House has given initial approval for the Licensed Open Carry Bill (HB910) amid an onslaught of Democrat-proposed amendments to water it down from it’s already inconsequential state. With a vote of 96 For and 35 Against, final approval is expected Monday, April 20th. However, the Democrat amendment barrage was NOT the big story of the day. In Biblical, David vs. Goliath fashion, Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) took on the Texas GOP establishment in an attempt to file an amendment that would make the Bill a Constitutional Carry Bill and make the permit requirement voluntary. Unlike the David vs. Goliath story though, Rep. Stickland was unsuccessful. However, he did get the GOP establishment to show their true colors.
The Texas Legislature has passed Licensed Open Carry with one more ‘formal’ vote remaining before the bill is sent to Governor Greg Abbott. While we are excited that Texas is moving the right direction, we would like to warn you against giving the left what they want – for us to accept this victory and loosen our grip on the failing Progressive agenda.
Licensed Open Carry is a compromise. If you are a resident of Texas, it should go without saying that you should not be happy that your elected statesmen have compromised in regard to your Constitutional Rights. Anything less than Constitutional Carry is an infringement upon our rights as a Free People. Texas should be a leader in the realm of Pro-Gun Politics. It is encouraging to see that Texas’ Gun Laws are moving in the right direction – away from its longstanding infringing similarities to laws in leftist strongholds like New York and California.
In writing this article, I had originally chastised both the NRA and the Texas Open Carry movement because I fell into the same knee-jerk reaction to which most others had succumbed. It wasn’t until I went to sum it all up at the end that it dawned on me what is really going on here. The divide and conquer strategy of the anti-gun movement is working, sadly enough it has infiltrated all levels of pro-gun advocacy. Ironically, I wrote an article on this very subject almost a year and a half ago: Weapons of Mass Distraction: The Divide and Conquer Strategy.
This recent tiff between the NRA and long gun open carriers in Texas has nothing to do with long guns, advocacy tactics or any of the other common arguments from one side or the other. This divide is the direct result of the success of the anti-gun propaganda campaigns. Many of those fighting to protect our natural right of self defense and against government infringement of those rights have fallen prey to the propaganda. What this all boils down to is that the demonization of firearms has become entrenched, even in the minds of many pro 2nd Amendment gun owners. Unfortunately, it has become more pervasive than many firearms advocates realize or want to admit. The dreadfully worded, and since recanted, statement which you can read in it’s entirety here: Good Citizens and Good Neighbors: The Gun Owners’ Role is a prime example.
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