We were fortunate enough to get two sides of this issue out there for debate with Terry Holcomb, CJ Grisham, and Charles Cotton. To their credit, the leaders of the Open Carry movement recognized that dragging private businesses into this issue has been counter productive. And Mr. Cotton made us aware that the TSRA and NRA have been making strides but, it’s not necessarily at a pace that keeps everyone happy. Still, I cannot help but think Target’s announcement yesterday is a predictable result of negative attention brought to them through earlier protests even if no one from Texas Carry, OCT, CATI, has officially gone into a Target store in months the damage was done and the media campaign started. Public opinion does matter folks. It matters a great deal. While this issue continues to be a point of division in the firearms community, we really, really need to find a way past it.
As you’ve likely seen in the media, there has been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit “open carry” should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.
via Target Addresses Firearms in Stores | A Bullseye View.
Last week, Terry Holcomb, Executive Director of Texas Carry was kind enough to join us to discuss the real reasons behind recent Open Carry demonstrations in Texas. Whether we agree with their methods or not, the one thing that became abundantly clear in our discussion with Mr. Holcomb is that the real reason and message behind the Open Carry protests have been lost through the mainstream media coverage. Worse, there are folks playing into the mainstream media’s hands exercising their rights in poor taste. But Mr. Holcomb also challenged the Texas State Rifle Association for their advocacy for the 2nd Amendment in Texas and their commitment to securing the rights of Texans to keep and bear arms. So with that said, Charles Cotton has agreed to join us in studio to offer a different perspective on the Open Carry protests and the debate with regard to the practice in general.
Dahlia Lithwick is all but rooting for the Open Carry movement to result in such blowback that it results in “sane policies.” She’s a Canadian by birth and, like so many in the media, she’s not exactly supportive of the 2nd Amendment. The fact the Supreme Court recognized an individual right to keep and bear arms is clearly a bit of a sore spot.
In her latest submission to Slate.com, she laments the familiar cycle of, “…feints toward meaningful reform followed by crushing defeats as memories fade,” that follow every new shooting. There’s no attempt to be even remotely objective here but, she’s a writer, not a journalist. She need not hide her bias or opinion. And to that end, she thinks the free market will force businesses to pick, “…sane policies over dangerous ones, or at least more customers over fewer.”
“…Chipotle, forced to take sides, issued a statement last week indicating that state law notwithstanding, open carriers should leave their weapons at home or not come to Chipotle.
via Guns after Elliot Rodger: Businesses like Chipotle and Sonic are our best hope for gun control.“
Sadly, I agree with her. I think the free market may very well indeed end up settling the issue and I worry it won’t be in our favor. Tread lightly folks.
Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself.
via NRA-ILA | Good Citizens and Good Neighbors The Gun Owners Role.
Rising Democratic star and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed “open carry” law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public.
Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. But in a statement to The Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at odds with her own party but could keep her from alienating gun rights advocates in a deeply conservative a state where the Second Amendment is sacrosanct.
via Texas gov candidate Wendy Davis supports open carry law | Fox News.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) must truly be desperate to win the Texas Governor slot if they back this woman. The organization has repeatedly stated they do not believe the 2nd Amendment applies to individuals and goes so far as to call the Heller decision an error. And yet, one of their rising stars, however tarnished, has been on a tear for the last few weeks claiming support for gun rights. At least that’s what Fox News reported here.
I come from a heavily Democrat leaning family. And I have lived under three Democratic Presidents and lived in Sheila Jackson-Lee’s district most of my life. So knowing this woman is a Democrat, I find her support hard to believe. Even Barrack Obama has taken “pro-gun” actions from time to time but, ALWAYS for political expediency. So my take is that if you believe for one minute that this woman actually supports your right to keep and bear arms, I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you.