Yet the Bills filed in both the House and Senate have yet to get a committee hearing. When hearings were scheduled for the Licensed Open Carry Bills in each chamber committee, the vast majority of testimony on the Bills supported amending the Licensed Open Carry Bills to Constitutional Carry. This is not a supposition or exaggeration on my part, I was present and personally testified, as well as listening to all of the other testimony.
Despite ALL of this, the Republican controlled House and Senate have refused to even give a hearing to the Constitutional Carry Bills that YOUR party platform designates as a legislative priority. You continue to ignore and even disparage those who support Constitutional Carry and claim a lack of public support for the issue. That argument is not only disingenuous, but an outright lie. Again you seem to assume that the Silent Texans are implying consent for your authoritarian regime while ignoring those who are actually engaged, involved and testifying to the contrary. Such pompous arrogance will not go unnoticed for long. You see there is a new paradigm growing in Texas and across the nation, one that is separating from the lobby/special interest politics of the past, a rising individual activism is growing up in its place. You may not like the lack of formal civility, the course, blunt and passionate discourse or the disregard for your establish rules, protocols and procedures. The fact is that you have shown that such things only prolong the suppression of basic human rights in Texas. We are not polished communicators, we are not wealthy lobbyists and we are not interested in maintaining the status quo. We ARE your constituents, those who you are sworn to represent and in all actuality YOUR BOSSES!
So, go ahead and pass your Licensed Open Carry into law in hopes that it will placate the masses without actually doing anything to restore gun rights or liberty to Texans. We Texans will NOT be placated and will continue to work to hold YOU, our “representatives,” accountable for your lack of representation and outright denial of representation to those who actually are involved in the process. This continued disregard for your constituents and Constitutional Rights will be a short path to unemployment.
Before you say that you are within your constitutional power to legislate such issues, I’ll issue this challenge.
Challenge: Define the difference between BEARING and WEARING.
Article 1, Section 23 of Texas Constitution: Every citizen shall have the right to keep and BEAR arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the WEARING of arms, with a view to PREVENT CRIME.
As I read it, “EVERY CITIZEN” has the right to KEEP and BEAR arms in LAWFUL defense of themselves and the State. What it does NOT say is that only those who pay for the privilege have that ability, it says EVERY CITIZEN. Your power as legislators is merely in regulating the WEARING (ie. open or concealed) NOT the BEARING of arms in general. Your power is also LIMITED to such regulation that specifically addresses the prevention of crime. I would submit that the legal (yet UNLAWFUL) disarming of nearly 20 MILLION adult Texans does NOT prevent crime, but rather creates a public environment where crime can flourish unimpeded. Likewise, it could be easily argued that 20 million openly armed Texans WOULD in fact be an effective and powerful crime deterrent. In fact, I would argue that concealed carry does NOT prevent crime, since a person who is concealed carrying still looks like a potential victim to a would-be criminal attacker. If anything, concealed carry allows the carrier to REACT to a crime in progress rather than to prevent crime. That reaction to crime has a high potential to result in bodily harm or death to either the criminal or intended victim or both.
In closing, I submit that you Ladies and Gentlemen of the 84th Texas Legislature are not only failing to properly represent your constituents, but are in fact violating their constitutionally protected rights both on the State and Federal level. In this new age of constitutional awakening, such dereliction of duty on the part of elected representatives will not be long tolerated. You have the Constitutional Carry Bills before you to correct this particular unconstitutional behavior and you have ample time left in the session to accept and perform your constitutional duties as our representatives. I respectfully request that you seriously reconsider your prior actions and positions before the constituents that you have neglected become any more fed up with your failed representation. Hiding behind the Silent Texans with the assumption that their silence is implied consent for your abuse of power will no longer stand. The vocal constituents who have made their position clear, who are actively involved and who continue to gain support for a redress of their grievances must be given the respect they have earned over the Silent Texans whose positions can only be supposed. You have a platform to stand upon, an active and vocal base of constituents to support you in doing what is right and constitutional. All that is lacking is the intestinal fortitude and backbone to do what is Right and Constitutional, though it may go against your desire to retain your power gained through infringing upon the rights of the people. Now is the time, not for minimalism and kicking the can down the road for another legislature to deal with, but for restoration of rights long infringed.
Sincerely and Un-apologetically,
Constitutional Carry Advocate
Jon Britton aka DoubleTap is Chief Operating Officer of CDH, Inc., a regular contributing author and regularly involved in most aspects of their social media. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and zombie stories to political advocacy. Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. As a founding member Cold Dead Hands his study of human nature and writing ability found a purpose. His zombie roots provided a variety of issues from prepping to human behavior under crisis to firearms that he applies to his advocacy for gun rights. A ravenous appetite for the study of history combined with his current events political junkie addiction led to him writing an e-book Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future.